ROGERS, ROBY VISIT MAXWELL FOR CYBER COLLEGE UPDATE
Maxwell Air Force Base is taking its reputation as the “Intellectual and Leadership Center of the Air Force” to the next level as it expands into the realm of cyber warfare.
U.S. Representatives Mike Rogers and Martha Roby, whose districts include parts of Montgomery, visited Maxwell on Friday for a briefing from Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, Commander and President of Air University, on plans to establish the Air Force Cyber College on campus.
Gen. Kwast’s vision for the new college is bringing the best and brightest minds in cyber technology and strategy to Air University to offer instruction in this emerging front of global warfare. By connecting the region’s existing data infrastructure and significant intellectual resources, the Air Force Cyber College could soon be a catalyst for major economic development opportunities as well.
Congressman Rogers was impressed by the collaboration taking place to make
this cyber initiative a reality.
“I was pleased to see the Cyber College collaborating with different entities across the state to allow the sharing of data and information at rapid speeds. It’s a dangerous world and our war fighters need the best tools available. I am proud to see this cutting edge initiative taking place in Alabama.”
Rep. Roby said this exciting new venture was critical for the future of the Air Force.
“The cyber war is here, and many believe we are already struggling to keep up,” Rep. Roby said. “It seems like every day you hear about new attacks or breaches, and our adversaries are growing bolder. If Russia or China built a new fleet of bombers, we would absolutely make sure our military had the proper resources to deter that new threat. So why wouldn’t we now do everything possible to combat the growing cyber threat?
“I appreciate Gen. Kwast’s vision and leadership on this issue. It is clear we have a tremendous asset for Maxwell in Gen. Kwast, and I look forward to supporting his efforts in Congress.” For more information on Air University and the Air Force Cyber College, visit http://www.au.af.mil.
[Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, President & Commander of Air University, discusses his vision for the Air Force Cyber College to (pictured left to right) Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, and U.S. Representative Martha Roby at Maxwell Air Force Base Friday. / PHOTO: Cyber College]