Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Air Force announced this week finalists for headquarters of 24th Air Force, a new numbered Air Force focused on the cyber mission - protecting the nation from attacks on computers and other communications systems. The bases are Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Lackland, Texas; Langley, Va.; Offutt, Neb.; Peterson, Colo.; and Scott, Ill. A final selection will be made in June. (Source: AFNS, 01/21/09) Original plans called for a Cyberspace Command, but last fall the Air Force opted to make it a numbered Air Force. Keesler Air Force Base, in Biloxi, Miss., was among the candidates for the command.