We received a press release about the groundbreaking ceremony for a new headquarters building for the 262nd Network Warfare Squadron at McChord Air Force Base.
You might know the unit: It was previously known as the 262nd Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron. It’s a Washington Air National Guard unit that draws heavily on the dot-com businesses in the Seattle region to perform highly classified missions in cyberspace.
Now here’s the interesting twist from the release. It says the unit’s mission is “to train citizen airmen to provide network warfare capabilities to secure defense information networks and provide full-spectrum cyberspace options to the State of Washington, Air Force Space Command and 24th Air Force.”
A Camp Murray spokesman told a freelancer writing for The News Tribune in 2007 that the squadron’s mission was defensive in nature.
New name, different mission?