Air Force Cyber Command to create innovation center

The Air Force plans to establish a Global Cyberspace Innovation Center by summer to speed the process of turning around new technologies, said Lt. Gen. Robert Elder Jr., who heads the Cyber Command, part of the 8th Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

The proposed center, which is just a concept now, aims to bring in academia and industry to collaborate with Air Force and service partners on technologies critical for the cyberspace command. Air Force has added cyberspace as another domain in warfighting with air and space. Elder also is working with the Air Force Research Lab on how to accelerate its technologies.

'You need to find a way to get people feeding off of one another. We want to bring together the people who are going to use the technology with the people in industry and academia who are creating and thinking about it in theoretical ways. We're looking to stimulate technology development,' Elder said at an event sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's Northern Virginia chapter.

He cited as a model the Strategic Command's Global Strategy Innovation Center, which is such a partnership. STRATCOM provides operational space support, integrated missile defense and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to the military.

But where STRATCOM hosts its innovation center on a college campus, Elder anticipated the cyberspace innovation center will be online.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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