by Justin Oakes
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
7/15/2014 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Today's
battlefield is full of ever-changing and constantly evolving threats.
In this environment, the Air Force not only defends against enemies in
air and space, but also against adversaries within the cyber domain.
Hanscom Air Force Base may not have fighter jets, helicopters or
remotely piloted aircraft flying from its runways, but it has a mission
all its own. It is a hub for developing the Service's leading cyber
programs and other systems that allow U.S. warfighters to collect,
process and distribute critical information.
The Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, also known as C3I,
Infrastructure Division is one of several units on base responsible for
bringing these cyberspace capabilities to the field.
"Hanscom is host to some of the latest technologies and advancements on
the cyber frontier," said Col. Bill Polakowski, C3I Infrastructure
senior materiel leader. "The systems and products, which are acquired
and tested through our program offices here, safeguard our nation and
keep us on the forefront of cyber warfare."
Massachusetts' local and state representatives also recognize the innovation that takes place on base.
A military bond bill was approved in March that authorizes the state to
support advancements in cyber and IT testing and integration. A prime
example includes improvements being made to the CIEF -- a Hanscom
facility that provides a secure environment for testing and integrating
While the base is home to cyber security centers like the CEIF and an
Intranet Control Weapons System Gateway Integration Facility, the
majority of cyberspace innovations are in the form of hardware and
The C3I Division works to acquire, integrate and support products such
as the Air Force Portal, cyber weapons systems, theater deployable
communications, base IT infrastructure and a cloud brokering service.
Other efforts include fielding an Assured Compliance Assessment
Solution, a network scanner that searches for computer threats;
Installation Processing Nodes, data centers that can host local
applications and services, and Joint Regional Security Stacks, a
multi-service/agency effort focused on providing a boundary solution
that is common across all services.
Over the course of the next several months, Hanscom will be highlighting many of these initiatives individually.
"When dealing with cyber weapons and defenses, it can be a bit hard to
explain," Polakowski said. "But, I look forward to showcasing the great
advancements that take place here to the community. I want them to
understand exactly what Hanscom brings to the fight."
Editor's note: This is the first of a series depicting Air Force cyberspace initiatives.