Air Force readies an integrated war office

Air Force readies an integrated war office

The Air Force on Monday will inaugurate a new office for warfighting integration and has appointed a base commander in Massachusetts as the office's deputy chief of staff.

Lt. Gen. Leslie F. Kenne, commander of the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will lead the office. Air Force brass unveiled details of the warfighting integration office at a conference this week in Boston.

'The integration of command and control and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and their supporting communications infrastructure is key to transforming how the Air Force conducts joint and combined operations on a global basis,' Kenne said. 'The integration of these capabilities to support commanders is the focus of this new organization.'

The Air Force's office of the deputy chief of staff for communications and information also will be part of the warfighting integration office, referred to as AF/XI. Also joining the new office will be the service's command and control directorate and the Command and Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center at Langley Air Force Base in Va., which will be realigned from the Air Combat Command.

The new office and realignments are part of a major wing reorganization in the Air Force.

The changes put the Air Force in a better position to use its intelligence resources to contribute to national security, Air Force Secretary James G. Roche said.

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