- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Air Force leaders say the military branch’s first cyber weapons system is fully operation. The declaration comes just in time for a conference of computer warfare experts in Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1nCN5V8 ) that the weapon is essentially a large firewall meant to protect the Air Force’s internal network from hackers. It’s expected to be a hot topic at the Rocky Mountain Cyber Symposium that starts Monday.

Space Command Gen. John Hyten is the keynote speaker at the four-day conference. Hyten’s command oversees the Air Force’s cyberspace efforts, and one of his goals has been to get the computer warfare tools designated as weapons.

That designation helps secure congressional funding.

The symposium is sponsored by the local chapter of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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