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MacB Hosts Meeting for Cyber Security Experts at Dayton Headquarters

MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) hosted more than 15 cyber security experts at its Dayton headquarters office over two days in early November 2016. Nationally-recognized representatives from the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Joint Base Andrews and Edwards Air Force Base  gathered as part of a newly-formed Cyber Security Working Group (CSWG).

The CSWG is an established forum of intelligence, security, technical, program and system user experts charged with supporting the comprehensive cybersecurity needs of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) program. The group was formed because the U.S. Air Force is looking to replace its aging Boeing 747-200 aircraft, which will reach planned 30-year service life in 2017.

Known to the public as ‘Air Force One, it’s more than just a single plane. That name refers to the radio call sign used for any plane carrying the President of the United States. There are two 747-200s currently in service, designated as VC-25As by the Air Force, used by the president unless he or she travels to an austere runway or the runway doesn’t support the heavy aircraft. In that case, the president switches to a smaller aircraft or the presidential helicopter.

According to PAR Cybersecurity Manager Brooks Thornhill, the group meets quarterly at convenient MacB facilities to address the unique program requirements needed for multiple aircraft to function at an executive level. Brooks has more than 25 years of experience as a cybersecurity policy advisor, program manager and software engineer. He currently works at Wright-Patterson AFB as a principal engineer and contractor for MacB’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG).

“Our CSWG objectives include preparing for the acquisition, modification and testing of the PAR system and ensuring integration of all cybersecurity requirements and best practices,” said Brooks. “The first new ‘Air Force One’ is expected for delivery in 2019 when initial testing is scheduled. Full operation is due by fiscal year 2024.”

According to an October 2015 story appearing in the New York Times, the new aircraft will be built on the frame of a 747-8, only bigger and with more power. It will also be able to fly further and have more advanced technology than the current customized aircraft. To read the full article, click here.