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16th Air Force Gets Full Operational Capability Authorization; Timothy Haugh Quoted

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Timothy Haugh
Timothy Haugh Commander 16th Air Force

The U.S. Air Force’s new cyber and information warfare-focused command unit has achieved full operational capability that certifies it for activities with the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and National Security Agency (NSA), C4ISRnet reported Wednesday.

Established in October 2019, 16th Air Force/Air Forces Cyber integrates the operations of the 24th and 25th AF that involve cyber, electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, commander of 16th AF, told attendees at a Mitchell Institute webcast that the Air Force component will focus on driving convergence with partners such as the FBI and the departments of State and Homeland Security.

“In partnership with Air Combat Command as our lead [Major Command], we have now established the structure of the organization,” he said.  “We organized that staff really consistent with what a [joint task force] looks like."

According to Haugh, 16th AF also began standing up subordinate elements such as the J-39 responsible for coordinating information with combatant commands and the joint staff.