Washington Air National Guard soldiers charged with protecting Air Force computer systems will set up shop today in a new, $5.6 million building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The Air National Guard’s 262nd Network Warfare Squadron draws on the expertise of tech-savvy Puget Sound residents to carry out a mission that rarely gets public recognition. Commanders seldom give specifics about what the unit does, instead referring to its mission in the general terms of “cyber warfare.”
That assignment has been in the news in the past week with Chinese officials calling cyber war the battleground of the future and the Pentagon considering whether computer sabotage should trigger a military response.
The 262nd has a ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to dedicate its new building.