Air Force Cyberspace Symposium II started Wednesday at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. Maj. Gen. William T. Lord, commander of Air Force Cyber Command, said "What is the stand up of an Air Cyber Command about? It's an Air Force focus on the Air Force protection and defense of the Air Force's abilities to command and control our forces that we bring to the joint fight."
Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder, commander of 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic)at Barksdale Air Force Base,is responsible for the Air Force's global computer enterprise network.
"Cyber is absolute critical to everything we do," Elder said. "You can't just be an air or space operator. . .
He said Air Force Cyber Command is designed to protect and defend Air Force networks and provide forces to combat commanders when needed for operational missions.
The generals were also joined by a number of other key Air Force and defense leaders who discussed the emerging and ever-expanding cyber challenges facing the nation. The theme for the symposium was "Equipping the Cyber Warrior to Fight in Cyberspace."
Air Force Cyberspace Symposium II follows on the first such symposium, which was presented in Shreveport in November by Air Force Cyber Command, 8th Air Force and the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City.
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