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Air Force Headquarters Completes Realignment to Merge All EMS Operations; Mary O’Brien Quoted

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Mary O'Brien
Mary O'Brien

The U.S. Air Force has finished consolidating its electromagnetic spectrum operation functions with the recent transfer of the Headquarters' EMS Superiority Directorate to the intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations staff.

The realignment enables service officials to streamline oversight, policy and guidance related to EMS operations to improve collaborative work across various domains, the Air Force said Tuesday. 

Stood up in 2019, the directorate is responsible for keeping the military service ahead of its strategic competitors and free to operate in the electromagnetic spectrum. 

“It is vital that we leverage, defend and compete across the entire electromagnetic spectrum in order to deliver effects in and through the information environment now and into the future,” explained Lt. Gen. Mary O'Brien, the deputy chief of staff for ISR and cyber effects operations.

As part of the changes, the EMS Superiority Directorate also took control of the Air Force Spectrum Management Office as the organization's fourth-ever division.

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