Maryland Air National Guard conduct first-ever defensive cyber training on base network


MIDDLE RIVER, MD — Members of the 275th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, conducted one of the first-ever enduring defensive cyber training missions in a Title 32 mobilization status on an installation’s network, at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Maryland, Nov. 16-19, 2021.

“This training is a very unique opportunity and it is the first that the Air National Guard has been able to do in a sustained and recurring process,” explains U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric Burdon, director of operations for the 275th COS. “That was our first iteration of this new program and we look forward to conducting more of these events in the future.”

The training was conducted on the 175th Wing’s non-classified internet protocol router network, or NIPRnet, in order to branch out from the usual scripted training scenarios and discover what the team was capable of when given unplanned scenarios. This resembles what could potentially be tasked on a real mission while in a Title 10 status, which typically authorizes federal active-duty military service under the president in support of national defense.

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Source: U.S. Air national Guard