Air Force narrows Cybercommand headquarters search

The Air Force's information technology organization has narrowed its selection of a location for the headquarters of its new Cybercommand group to fewer than half a dozen bases. It also expects to present its final recommendation to the Air Force's top brass and the Secretary of Defense by spring, according to Air Force CIO Lieutenant General Michael Peterson.

The Cybercommand group will consolidate all of the Air Force's IT and networking functions into a single command. It is scheduled to begin initial operational capabilities by March 2008, with full operational capabilities planned for March 2009.

The Air Force will locate the command's headquarters at an existing Air Force base with the infrastructure needed to support the new group and also wants to a site near an area with a strong IT business community and centers of academic activity, Peterson said during the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's Air Force IT Day event held last week in McLean, Va.

The command's management team will be drawn from other Air Force commands and will consist of approximately 400 people in addition to the operational personnel required to support it Peterson said.

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