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John Bedingfield: Hanscom AF Base Oversees Cyber System Updates

cyberHanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts is leading the service’s efforts to build on cyber tools and weapon systems as the military aims to combat continuously evolving cyber threats, the Air Force said Wednesday.

Hanscom’s Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate manages the six designated cyber weapon systems.

“As the life cycle manager, we are responsible for providing effective and affordable upgrades to fielded systems,” said Col. John Bedingfield, senior materiel leader of the C3I Infrastructure Division.

“[We’re] setting the foundation here in C3I to deliver critical cyber weapon systems to the warfighter, and apply our lessons learned to the joint environment as well.”

The six weapon systems that the Air Force chief of staff designated in 2013 includes the Air Force Cyberspace Defense for prevention, detection, response and forensics functions.

That system operates from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas and Quonset Air National Guard Base in Rhode Island.

The Cyber Security and Control System features around-the-clock network operations and management and real-time response.

Air Force Intranet Control monitors global entry points, controls base online traffic and includes functions for proactive defense, defense-in-depth, network standardization and situational awareness.

Hanscom has also worked with the Defense Information Systems Agency, Office of the Air Force Chief Information Officer, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Air Force Space Command on other cyber initiatives.

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