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March 6th, 2019

U.S. Air Force's ISR and Cyber Effects HQ Staffs to Merge for Coordinated Ops

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is merging its headquarters' staffs to integrate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with cyber effects operations efforts to enable coordinated Title 10 and Title 50 actions across the range of military operations, while elevating chief information officer roles and responsibilities.

The USAF is realigning the staffs and streamlining oversight, policy and guidance functions to create greater integration and effectiveness to be more competitive in the increasingly contested warfighting domains. Simultaneously, this realignment enables the CIO to better focus on statutory CIO responsibilities.

The current National Defense Strategy is driving the requirements and priorities. Combining the functions of cyber effects operations, warfighter communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance will break down barriers and enable greater coordination across the range of military operations. The new arrangement establishes a single deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations (AF/A2/6) which will streamline oversight, policy and guidance.

This integration of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, warfighter communications and cyber effects operations functions will better safeguard national security interests while protecting and bolstering the ability of the Air Force to defend against emerging threats.

The Senate confirmed the secretary of the USAF's nomination of Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson as the deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations, March 1.

The secretary of the USAF has assigned the duties of the CIO to Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of the Air Force. In keeping with law, the CIO will retain responsibility for the oversight and management of the Air Force’s network infrastructure, governance, standards, interoperability, and cyber security. Concurrently, Bill Marion will retain his duties as deputy chief information officer and will be focused on the day-to-day network operations to enhance the USAF’s warfighting effects in the cyber domain.