by AFSPC Public Affairs
1/19/2016 - Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. -- A
major milestone was achieved on 7 January 2016 when the Air Force
Intranet Control (AFINC) Weapon System became the first cyberspace
weapon system to reach FOC status.
Achieving FOC means the AFINC weapon system is fully capable to serve as
the top-level defensive boundary and entry point for all network
traffic into the Air Force Information Network. The AFINC weapon system
controls the flow of all external and inter-base traffic through
standard, centrally managed gateways.
The AFINC weapon system consists of 16 Gateway Suites, 15 SIPRNET Nodes,
200+ Service Delivery Points, two Integrated Management Suites, and is
operated by the 26th Network Operations Squadron (26th NOS) located at
Gunter Annex, Montgomery, AL.
"It was an amazing team effort to achieve FOC," said Lt Col Omar
Velasco, 26th NOS commander. "We couldn't have done it without our Air
Force Lifecycle Management Center Program Office at Hanscom AFB, HQ
AFSPC and 24th Air Force staffs, and most importantly our dedicated
military, civilian, and contractor personnel employing the AFINC cyber
weapon system to sustain and defend the Air Force network."
The AFINC weapon system replaced and consolidated 100+ regionally
managed disparate Air Force network entry points into 16 centrally
managed access points for all traffic through the Air Force network.
The AFINC weapon system provides greater agility to take defensive
actions across the network. AFINC was officially designated a weapon
system by the Air Force Chief of Staff in March 2013 and achieved
Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in May 2014.
"As the first line of defense for our network, the 26th NOS team is
responsible for more than one billion firewall, web, and email blocks
per week from suspicious and adversarial sources," stated Col Pamela
Woolley, 26th Cyberspace Operations Group commander. "Our network is
under constant attack and it is a testament to the dedication of our
26th NOS team that our network reliability and traffic flow remains
The AFINC Cyberspace Weapon System serves more than 1M Air Force users
at 237 sites worldwide. Their infrastructure is among the largest in
the world, yet operated and maintained by a single Air Force unit. As
the weapon system and 26th NOS operations have evolved, their mission
set now includes intelligence gathering, cyberspace surveillance and
reconnaissance, interdiction, and security.
After declaring the AFINC weapon system FOC, Brigadier General Stephen
Whiting, HQ AFSPC Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and ISR
Operations stated, "This is a great achievement for the Air Force and
the first cyberspace weapon system to achieve FOC. We look forward to
continued rapid progress and maturation of the Air Force Cyberspace
mission. As we all know, our mission is to fly, fight and win in air,
space and cyberspace."
Other cyberspace weapons systems include the Air Force Cyberspace
Defense Weapon System, the Cyber Security and Control System Weapon
System, the Cyber Command and Control Mission System Weapon System, the
Cyberspace Defense Analysis Weapon System, and the Cyberspace
Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter Weapon System