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New kid on the USAF block unifies information warfare

5th October 2020 - 18:45 GMT | by Thomas Withington in Toulouse

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One year old this October, the 16th Air Force (16AF) has integrated ISR, EW and cyber operations into a single approach

A specialist cyber warfare unit in the USAF celebrates its first birthday this month, following 12 months of vigorous activity. The 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber - 16AF) specialises in information warfare, from ISR and EW to cyber.     

These capabilities are employed not only by the USAF but ‘in support of all US joint operations worldwide’, a 16AF spokesperson told Shephard.

The 16AF has teams specialised by discipline but its various capabilities are synchronised at the operational level ‘to produce synergistic effects that would not have been attainable by any one unit on their

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