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Lt. Gen. Bill Bender: Air Force Pushes Forward on JIE Cyber Efforts

Lt. Gen. Bill Bender
Lt. Gen. Bill Bender

Lt. Gen. Bill Bender has said the U.S. Air Force is planning to integrate role-based authentication and other cybersecurity measures to its systems as it builds on the Joint Information Environment concept, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes that the service is currently moving computing systems to the Defense Department‘s MilCloud and seeking to adopt mobility tools and shared services.

“I think we are looking at a lot of the foundational work is being done now, and it’s not unreasonable to say a year to two years we should see rapid advancement,” Bender, the Air Force’s chief information officer and chief of information dominance, told the station.

The Air Force has also partnered with the U.S. Army last year to implement the first Joint Regional Security Stacks at Joint Base San Antonio, the report said.

Bender said the Air Force aims to leverage its experience with the AFNet in pushing forward the JIE concept while working to ensure affordability and agility in its approach.

He added that the service is also planning to “operationalize” the role of the CIO to support JIE even beyond what he calls the corporate process.

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