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Leaders issue joint message, define cyber mission

In a joint Letter to Airmen, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwarz focus on defining the service's role in the cyberspace mission. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

In a joint Letter to Airmen, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwarz focus on defining the service's role in the cyberspace mission. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) -- In a joint Letter to Airmen, the secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force chief of staff focus on the alignment of the service's cyberspace mission.

"Without question, cyberspace is vital to today's fight and to the future U.S. military advantage over our adversaries," said Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz.

"It is the intent of the United States Air Force to provide a full spectrum of cyberspace capabilities to joint force commanders whenever and wherever needed," they said.

The Air Force's top leaders outlined mission responsibilies for the newest numbered air force, the 24th Air Force. It will be the service component for the Department of Defense's U.S. Cyber Command to enable "seamless" cyberspace operations.

"To make significant progress we must also change the way we think about the cyberspace domain, and accordingly change our culture," Secretary Donley and General Schwartz said. "Like air and space, we must think of cyberspace as a mission-critical domain where operations are characterized by rigor and discipline, and are executed with precision and reliability."

This joint Letter to Airmen and other senior leader viewpoints can be found in the information section of AF.mil.