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Michael Homsy: ‘Red Flag’ Exercise Trains Air Force Cyber Pros to Work as a Team

cybersecurityThe U.S. Air Force participates in a combat training event designed to hone service members’ teamwork skills and strategies against cyberspace and aerial threats.

USAF said Thursday Red Flag exercises are held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and brings together air, space and cyber crews from the U.S. and partner nations for a simulated security mission.

“Our mission is to train the next generation of cyber warriors and we look at what we call the full spectrum … defensive and offensive operations,” said Michael Homsy, exercise planner and cyber range coordinator for the 24th Air Force.

Homsy added the organization has formed several teams that will work to negate adversaries’ ability to compromise critical infrastructure.

The 24th AF considers Red Flag as its capstone cyber training because the event allows the unit to support the branch’s air and space components as well.

A network known as Joint IO Range is activated during the three-week exercise to help cyber airmen try new attack and defense methods without affecting other active networks, according to USAF.

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