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Air Force Reorganizes Spectrum Mgmt Office to Streamline Info Warfare Efforts; Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien Quoted

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The U.S. Air Force has transitioned its Spectrum Management Office (AFSMO) into the Cyberspace Operations and Warfighter Communications Directorate as part of a reorganization effort aimed at synchronizing information warfare functions.

The Air Force said Friday that AFSMO will operate under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and Cyber Effects Operations to support all-domain operations and full integration into the Headquarters Air Force Staff.

AFSMO will continue to operate from Fort George G. Meade in Maryland and handle efforts involving electromagnetic spectrum allocations and the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) system.

“This is a critical step to information warfare integration and synchronization because command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) is inextricably linked to EMS management,” said Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for ISR and Cyber Effects Operations. 

“To compete and win in competition as well as a high-end fight, our Air and Space Force activities and capabilities like EMS must not only be de-conflicted, but integrated with our service counterparts," she noted.