Air Force to establish a cyberspace command

The Air Force, citing the growing importance to military operations of IP communications and networking, is creating a new cyberspace command, assigned to the 8th Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and previously part of the Air Combat Command.

At the end of August, the Air Force reorganized its network operations structure and put all units charged with network operations under the command of Lt. Gen. Robert Elder Jr., head of the 8th Air Force.

And a year ago, the Air Force mission was expanded to include 'air, space and cyberspace.'

'The idea of freedom of cyberspace may in time be the same kind of principle as freedom of the seas and freedom of the skies,' Air Force secretary Michael Wynne said at the recent C4ISR Integration Conference in Crystal City, Va.

'This means that cyberspace is a domain on which many rely and in which warfighting can, and actually, by some definitions, already takes place.'

Wynne pointed out that the basic questions of the principles of war can also be applied to the cyberspace domain.

'Can one mass forces in cyber? Yes. Does surprise give an advantage in cyber? Of course. Simplicity? Economy of force? Clarity of objective? Yes, yes and yes,' he said.

DOD taps CACI to continue with procurement system support

The Defense Department has awarded a five-year, $70 million contract to CACI International Inc. for continued support of a standardized procurement system that CACI developed.

The contract, issued by the Standard Procurement System Joint Program Management Office, calls for CACI to sustain the Procurement Desktop Defense system, or PD2.
PD2 is an enterprisewide, automated contracting system that standardizes procurement processes across the Defense Department.

CACI supports the client/server version that is used by more than 23,000 contracting professionals at some 800 sites worldwide, including all 50 states and 15 countries.
The system is used to purchase about $90 billion of Defense Department goods and services each year. 'Patience Wait, Doug Beizer

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