The Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center has been officially recognized as a field operating agency within the U.S. Air Force, the service reported Friday. DC3, which previously operated as a unit under the Office of Special Investigations, will now run as an independent agency aligned under the inspector general, office of the secretary of the Air Force.
“DC3’s recognition as an Air Force FOA serves as a testament to the substantive evolution of its overarching capabilities and purpose,” said Jeffrey Specht, executive director of DC3. “I have every confidence this new structure and alignment will not only serve as a catalyst for DC3’s continued evolution to best meet Air Force and DOD mission needs, but will enhance our capacity and focus on amplifying effects for those we’re charged to support.”
The capabilities, size and services of DC3 have evolved in the past 20 years to meet the changing requirements of the DOD counterintelligence and law enforcement community. The center relies on the expertise of over 500 military, contractor and civilian personnel to provide cyber training, multimedia and digital forensics and cyber analytics services for the Pentagon, defense industrial base and international mission partners.