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The 90th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is aligned under the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group, 67th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, Air Combat Command. The squadron accelerates global vigilance, reach, and power by rapidly developing cyber capabilities to achieve military objectives across all domains. The 90th COS’ “Shadow Warriors” execute a spectrum of cyber missions to organically produce cyber capabilities that tackle today’s most challenging security issues. The squadron responds to challenges with the “Hack’em up!” battle cry, pushing world-class talent to focus on supporting today’s combat operations, while preparing for tomorrow’s fight.  

Mission: Accelerate global reach and power by developing joint cyber capabilities.

Vision: Rapidly weaponized cyberspace in support of Air Force, joint and Inter-agency partners to further U.S. interests.

People: More than 250 active duty, reserve, civilian and contract personnel function in teams to meet the engineering and administrative challenges.  

90th COS-assigned Combat Support Team’s and National Support Team’s capability developers are operationally aligned to seven designated mission teams, each geographically dispersed.  

The squadron is divided into seven flights: CYDA executes real-time Air Force cyber-attack requirements; CYDD executes real-time Air Force cyber defense requirements; CYDC organizes, trains and equips cyber capabilities developers for the U.S. Cyber Command Cyber Mission Force; CYK supports full-spectrum cyber operations with non-material solutions, focusing on tactics, techniques and procedures; CYM provides Live-Virtual-Constructive environments for mission rehearsal, concept exploration, and capability assessments; officially designated as DMOC-Cyber to support major exercises with modeling and simulation tools for realistic training; CYW provides engineering expertise required to create, deploy, and support integrated cyber platforms; and CYT ensures 90th COS personnel are trained and qualified to execute the mission

Lineage: Constituted as 690th Information Operations Squadron on Sept. 30, 1997. Activated on Oct. 1, 1997. Redesignated as 90th Information Operations Squadron on Aug. 1, 2000. Inactivated on July 20, 2007. Activated on Aug. 18, 2009. Redesignated as 90th Cyberspace Operations Squadron on Feb. 1, 2016. (

Recent History: In 2014, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James published “America’s Air Force: A call to the future” in which she stated, “The Air Force’s ability to continue to adapt and respond faster than our potential adversaries is the greatest challenge we face over the next 30 years.” This statement drives the 90th COS to maintain a sense of urgency required to address the ever-changing adversary attack vectors and fleeting target opportunities. In the last two years, the squadron has developed 110 cyber capabilities comprising real-time operations and innovation efforts, CMF support efforts, and additional supporting capabilities and enabling efforts.


Under RTOI, the 90th COS has delivered 42 highly tailored cyber capabilities enabling AF freedom of action and mission assurance in cyber against agile and advanced threats; supporting MAJCOM and NAF operations and planning; and enabling urgent operational needs and ongoing combatant command contingency operations. The squadron has also delivered 16 capabilities to USCYBERCOM through NSTs that defend the nation against cyber-attacks of significant consequence; and CSTs that support combatant command operational plans and contingency operations.


Finally, the 90th COS has completed 52 other supporting projects enabling cyber platform support, exercise and training environments, evaluations, integration, automation and other development support.  


(Current as of July 2018)