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Initiatives & Strategies
Maxwell-Gunter’s information technology organizations provide a spectrum of critically valuable services to DoD and the entire Air Force. Several Gunter organizations keep defense networks and combat support systems in good health and running smoothly worldwide.
These organizations serve as the backbone of Air Force IT combat support. They are responsible for design, integration, worldwide installation, support, and network and data center operations for hundreds of automated information systems upon which the Air Force operates. And with 90 percent of its personnel coming to study at Maxwell AFB’s Air University (AU) at some point, AU is clearly the center of education for our nation’s Air Force. It now has a new tool to train our current and future air-men: the Cyber College. In planning stages since 2014, and just becoming “official” this past June, the Cyber College is moving the Air Force from the industrial age to the information age and equipping its students with the operational knowledge and strategic insights to fight potential cyber attacks.
But the Cyber College isn’t only playing defense. The topics and ideas being studied there relate to and can aid in the use of more technology for “smart cities,” things Montgomery officials and Chamber leaders are pushing for like smart city vehicles, optimized trash collection and more. The city and county are also able to take advantage of relationships the Cyber College has formed with major tech players like AT&T, HP, Microsoft and Verizon. Simply the existence of the Cyber College in Montgomery is a positive; its presence here contributes to the goal of being known as a “tech-hub,” and its courses will bring external and internal expertise to Maxwell-Gunter.
Maxwell-Gunter Cyber and Information Technology Organizations:
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Operates a Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) in Montgomery, one of the nation’s four DISA Core Data Centers. For more than an decade DECC has maintained communications, combat support information systems, and operations support systems. It connects much of the global military network. DECC stores and manages DOD medical records and is one of two worldwide DISA tier-one help desks.
Air Force Program Executive Office for Business Enterprise Systems (AF PEO/BES)
Supports and sustains more than 130 combat support information systems. The IT work performed at Gunter has for decades included systems and software engineering, software development and maintenance, independent testing, information assurance, and 24/7 centralized help desk services for users worldwide.
26th Network Operations Squadron (NOS)
Provides continuous network cyber operations management and barrier defense for the Air Force worldwide. At its secure facility at Gunter, the 26th NOS prioritizes and supports critical Air Force missions, nationally and internationally, and provides network gateways for military operations worldwide.
Air Force Application Security Center of Excellence (AFASCOE)
The only Air Force unit with a key mission to analyze Air Force and DOD applications for software malware to ensure safe operation on computers and networks.
Responsible Test Organization
Has been in operation at Gunter since 1971. Ensures system readiness of the Air Force network and conducts modeling and simulation of the network. This allows program managers to perform testing on a near-exact environment, thus reducing risk for fielding new products.
690th Network Support Squadron, Detachment 2
In less than three years has grown from a handful of people providing Air Force network users tier-one help desk services to more than 300 providing 24/7 help desk services worldwide.