The Air Force Intranet Control Weapon System is now fully operational, serving as a first line of defense against suspicious traffic flowing through the Air Force Information Network.
The Air Force Intranet Control Weapon System is now fully operational, serving as a first line of defense against suspicious traffic flowing through the Air Force Information Network.

The U.S. Air Force now boasts the first-ever cyberspace weapon system to reach Full Operational Capability status, the military branch announced earlier this week.

The Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC) Weapon System became fully operational as of Jan. 7, 2016, serving as a formidable first line of defense against suspicious traffic flowing through the Air Force Information Network.

The system, operated by the 26th Network Operations Squadron in Montgomery, Ala., was designed to control the flow of all external and inter-base traffic through standard, centrally managed gateways. More than one million Air Force users at 237 sites worldwide can leverage the system for defensive intelligence gathering, cyberspace surveillance and reconnaissance, interdiction and security.

The new system consolidates what was once over 100 regionally managed, disparate network entry points into 16 centrally managed access points for traffic, an Air Force release stated.