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Cyber upgrade nears completion


The 50th Space Communications Squadron is starting the final phase of a year-long infrastructure upgrade that will provide users a faster and more secure network capability.

The squadron executed the Base Information Transport Infrastructure Initiative that included replacing unclassified switches and routers, as well as outside-plant fiber optic cables and ducts, in more than 100 locations around Schriever.   

 “This communications project provides more capable and efficient IT infrastructure,” said Marvin McLean, Schriever BITI Project Manager.  “Both Air Force security and the network’s end-user benefit from this transition.”

With the primary installation complete, the contractor will begin migrating users to the more secure network in the coming weeks. 

“The migration will occur in segments, in different areas during the next several weeks,” Mclean said. “We’re coordinating with facility managers to ensure weekend and evening area access, with our goal of reducing the impact on the user and the mission.” 

During the migration, users may experience service interruptions such as loss of network connectivity for one to two hours.  These interruptions will be localized based on the actual communications room being migrated.  Network advisories will be sent to facility mangers prior to the migration so users can plan accordingly.

The user migration is expected to last through July.

“The Air Force spent $10 million dollars to upgrade the infrastructure at Holloman and Schriever Air Force Bases and the U.S. Air Force Academy,” said Wardell Adams, 50 SCS chief of plans and resources.  “Very soon, we’ll have a network infrastructure providing a more secure system that can sustain us far down the road.”

For more information about this effort, please contact McLean at 567-6662.

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