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DISA to Open Illinois Facility for Cyber Monitoring Operations; Col. Paul Craft, Dana Rowe Comment

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cyberThe Defense Information Systems Agency has established a 164,000-square-foot facility at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois designed to help DISA monitor the country’s cyber infrastructure and coordinate emergency response efforts.

DISA’s Global Operations Command will unveil on Aug. 11 the $100 million building that includes a 20,000-square-foot cyber operations center and will house over 950 military, contractor and civilian employees, the Air Force said Thursday.

The report said the Air Force and Marine Corps have started to transfer their cyber protection teams to the complex.

Col. Paul Craft, chief of DISA’s Global Operations Command, said the command will use the facility to carry out cyber and defense integration efforts and has begun to integrate Army and Air Force Reserve units into the new building.

Dana Rowe, DISA Global deputy commander, noted that Craft has proposed to set up a communications university construct as well as bring the Communications Electronic Command to the complex.

DISA has also teamed up with Saint Louis University and Washington University’s Technology Learning Center to facilitate collaboration on cybersecurity through the new facility, Rowe added.

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