With potential adversaries from North Korea to China beefing up their computer warfare assets, the United States Air Force today officials opened the new home of the 24th Air Force Cyber Command at Port San Antonio, the former Kelly Air Force Base, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The unit will be the headquarters for some 5400 men and women, including 3500 miltiary, 800 civilian, and 900 contractors, as well as reserve and guard components.
Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, the commander, says they will have one mission, to make sure U.S. computer systems are as safe and secure as possible.
Vautrinot says unlike traditional warfare, where only large nations with huge military forces can compete, all it takes to win a cyber war is one computer expert and a mouse.
"Cyber is the great equalizer," she said. "Not everybody is equal. We want to make sure this nation is far ahead."
Vautrinot says the command will work with the FBI at the direction of Air Force headquarters to work to secure corporate computer networks from hackers, as well as making sure the U.S. military assets are safe.
"This is a national imperative," she said. "It is very important that this nation can fly, fight, and win in cyberspace."
The 24th Air Force has been operational in San Antonio since 2010, but now it has its own command and control operation. The ribbon cutting was a 9:24AM, in recognition of the name of the Air Force.