by Capt. Christina Hoggatt
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hundreds of Cyber Warriors from the Department of Defense, the commercial defense industry and military from all five services attending the Defending America Cyberspace 2010 Symposium here gathered to hear Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Air Force Space Command commander, give the opening luncheon remarks, Jan. 12.
The goal behind the conference is to facilitate participants in government and industry leadership positions to learn more about the most current cyberspace issues facing the nation.
During his remarks, General Kehler spoke to the many changes in AFSPC including standing up 24th Air Force, an operational command responsible for cyberspace, and transferring the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile mission to the Air Force’s newest command, Global Strike Command. Additionally, he highlighted how leading the Air Force’s cyberspace mission needs to focus on operations.
“Cyberspace is about operations, not communication. It is about operations, not a network. It is about how we do things to fight and win,” General Kehler said. “We must assure our operations on the network.”
He also drew attention to the importance of supporting the Joint warfighter.
“It is about developing a full spectrum of capabilities within cyberspace, leveraging air and space capabilities to build a unique Air Force contribution to the Joint fight.
“We are a team of Airmen, civilians and contractors who enable Joint forces to strike with precision, navigate with accuracy, communicate with certainty, see the battlefield with clarity and network with assurance,” he added.
While in Colorado Springs, Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, 24th Air Force commander; Brig. Gen. Dave Warner, AFSPC’s chief information officer and director of communications and information; and Col. Theresa Giorlando, commander of the 689th Combat Communications Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, met with cadets at the Air Force Academy to discuss the future of Air Force cyberspace careers during a space and cyberspace career panel in the United States Air Force Academy’s Fairchild Hall Jan. 11. During his speech, General Kehler elaborated on the training and education required for cadets and other Airmen entering into cyberspace careers.
“We must prepare our people,” General Kehler said. “We are preparing communication fields with specialized career tracks and will continue to educate our personnel. We are dedicated to moving the enterprise down the road with our joint colleagues.”
The Air Force Research Lab’s Lead Information Systems Engineer, Jarret Rush, from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was in the audience for General Kehler’s speech.
“This is the first time I have heard a senior leader like him layout the cyberspace mission this way,” Rush said. “We do need to focus on operations and we need the capability to provide outreach.”
The symposium lasts through Thursday and will host several more cyberspace panels and feature more Air Force commanders including Lt. Gen. William T. Lord, Chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, and Gen. Victor E. Renuart, Jr., North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command commander.