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USAF Air Force Information Warfare Center Commander's Action Group

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Air Force Information Warfare Center
The Air Force Information Warfare Center, collocated with Air Intelligence Agency, was created to be an information superiority center of excellence, dedicated to offensive and defensive counter information and information operations. The Air Force Information Warfare Center  is stationed at Kelly Field Annex, Lackland AFB, Texas
AFIWC was originally activated as the 6901st Special Communication Center in July 1953. The following month the 6901st was redesignated as the Air Force Special Communications Center. It was then redesignated as the Air Force Electronic Warfare Center in 1975.
Air Force successes in exploiting the enemy information systems during Desert Storm led to the realization that the strategies and tactics of command and control warfare could be expanded to the entire information spectrum and be implemented as information warfare. In response, the AFIWC was activated Sept. 10, 1993, combining technical skills from the former AFEWC, the Air Force Cryptologic Support Center's Securities Directorate and intelligence skills from the former Air Force Intelligence Command. AFIWC's team of 1,000 military and civilian personnel are skilled in the areas of operations, engineering, operations research, intelligence, radar technology, communications and computer applications.
The members are dedicated to providing improved C2W/ IW capabilities to the warfighting U. S. Air Force major commands.
The mission of AFIWC is to explore, apply and migrate offensive and defensive information warfare capabilities for operations, acquisition and testing; and provide advanced IW training for the Air Force.
The AFIWC provides IW services to the warfighter in contingencies and exercises through quantitative analysis, modeling and simulation, data-base and technical expertise in communication and computer security. The AFIWC is divided into eight directorates:
Advanced Programs
Communications- Computer Systems
C2W Information
Engineering Analysis
Mission Support
Systems Analysis
Operations Support
Information Warfare Battlelab
The newest directorate, the Information Warfare Battlelab, supports the full spectrum of Air Force operations by rapidly identifying innovative and superior ways to plan and employ IW capabilities; organize, train, and equip Air Force IW forces; and influence development of IW doc-trine and tactics. Advanced Programs foster the development and employment of advanced IW capabilities using a multi-disciplined approach. They explore and advance technologies, techniques, talents and tactics for IW applications. Developing multi- disciplined (scientific, technical, intelligence and operation) solutions, they provide support for emerging warfare techniques.
Communications- Computer Systems provides the command, control, communication, computer and information systems infrastructure to support all AFIWC mission areas. SC develops C4I systems architecture and initiates programs for their implementation or acquisition.
Using all- source data, C2W Information develops, builds, extracts and integrates standardized C2W data into the Air Force Extended Integrated Data Base architecture. DB addresses the issues of control, quality assurance planning, training, development, deployment, technical support and implementation of new databases.
Engineering Analysis provides technical guidance in the areas of computer security during the development of information, sensor and weapon systems including in- depth analysis and electromagnetic measurements of aircraft.
The Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team is the Air Force's global command center for handling worldwide networked computer system security issues. The AFCERT is the single point in the Air Force for reporting networked computer intrusions and problems. AFCERT responded to 47 computer security incidents in 1996 and expanded its internal security database connectivity and capabilities. They educated worldwide Air Force and Department of Defense customers on computer security topics and provided assistance to other computer security organizations.
Mission Support maintains the research library that provides analysts, engineers and scientists with vital information for projects and studies. They also promote aware-ness of AFIWC capabilities through marketing and business development and provide a centralized education and training activity for the center. Additionally, they manage AFIWC safety, security, facilities and contracting functions.
The scientists and engineers of Systems Analysis provide quantitative analysis through modeling and simulation of offensive and defensive IW systems capabilities and vulnerabilities. SA develops and operates engineering, platform, mission, and campaign models for analysis of information, sensor and weapon systems. Evaluating vulnerabilities of US Air Force radar, communications, navigation, and IW systems; SA helps the warfighter to understand the potential vulnerabilities of friendly weapon systems, C2W systems and space systems. This understanding allows the warfighter to develop tactics and procedures to counter current, future and reactive threats.
Operations Support trains, equips and deploys personnel to provide IW and intelligence to the warfighter during contingencies, special operations and exercises. Deployable information warfare support teams provide planning support for operations security, military deception, command and other operations to Air Operations Centers and Joint Force Air Component Commanders.
In addition to these directorates are staff support. Intelligence Requirements, Management Support and Technology Management Support complete the infrastructure, allowing AFIWC to strive for information dominance and supply the warfighter with the services needed in contingencies and exercises.
497th Intelligence Group
The 497th IG, located at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., provides specialized intelligence services to Headquarters U.S. Air Force and other U.S. Air Force units worldwide. The group provides tailored intelligence assessments in support of Air Staff planning and policy formulation: monitoring, analyzing and reporting on hostile action against the United States and its allies. The organization also provides functional management for all Air Force targeting issues and for all U.S. Air Force sensitive compartmented information security functions.
544th Intelligence Group
The 544th IG, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., provides intelligence and information to Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). The group was established to provide a single focal point for continental U.S. based operational space issues and to posture AIA to better support AFSPC and national agencies. The group was activated on Sept. 7, 1993.
67th Intelligence Wing
The 67th Intelligence Wing (IW), headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, manages the agency's global mission. The wing manages the planning of all-source intelligence, information warfare and security support. It assists Air Force components in the development of concepts, exercises and employment of AIA forces to support low-intensity conflict, counterdrugs and special operations as AIA's integrated wing. Subordinated to the wing are four intelligence groups located in the continental U.S., Hawaii and Germany.
More than 9,600 personnel are assigned to the 67th IW, making it the largest wing in the Air Force in terms of geographical area of coverage and number of people assigned. The wing was activated on Oct. 1, 1993.

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