688th Cyberspace Wing
|688th Cyberspace Wing|
688th Cyberspace Wing emblem
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Cyberspace Research and Development|
|Part of||Twenty Fourth Air Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Lackland AFB, Texas|
|Colonel Michael Harasimowicz|
The 688 CW originally activated as the 6901st Special Communications Center in July 1953. The following month, the 6901st redesignated as the Air Force Special Communications Center. It became the Air Force Electronic Warfare Center (AFEWC) in July 1975. Air Force successes in exploiting enemy information systems during Operation DESERT STORM led to the realization that the strategies and tactics of command and control warfare (C2W) could be expanded to the entire information spectrum and be implemented as information warfare. In response, the AFIOC activated 10 September 1993, combining technical skill sets from the former AFEWC with the Air Force Cryptologic Support Center's Securities Directorate and intelligence capabilities from the former Air Force Intelligence Command.
Today 688 CW has a staff of 1,000 civil and military personnel, and based in the same location as United States Strategic Command's Joint Information Operations Warfare Center the 688 CW carries out the functions of a center of excellence with regards to information operations. It is currently commanded by Colonel Michael Harasimowicz and is subordinate to Twenty-Fourth Air Force.
- 318th Information Operations Group - Lackland AFB, Texas
- 318th Operations Support Squadron - Lackland AFB, Texas
- 39th Information Operations Squadron - Hurlburt Field, Florida
- 229th Information Operations Squadron
- 261st Network Warfare Squadron
- 262d Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron - McChord AFB, Washington
- 273d Information Operations Squadron
- 346th Test Squadron - Lackland AFB, Texas
- 38th Cyberspace Engineering Group - Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
- Source: 688 IOW Fact Sheet
- Air Force News: "Official detail scope, units of AFCYBER command"
- Intelligence Online. , accessed January 2009
- United States Air Force, Air Force Information Operations Center Factsheet, accessed December 2008
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