General to visit Rome Lab on Monday

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Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., commander of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), will visit Rome Lab on Feb. 22, said U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY.

Bunch’s visit for an overview of Rome Lab’s operations will show AFMC how federal investment into the lab has contributed to the nation’s cyber defense network and helped establish Rome as a leader in the military community in gathering cyber intelligence, said Schumer’s office.

Bunch also visited Griffiss in February 2020 for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new perimeter security military construction project.

During that ceremony, Bunch said Rome Lab’s work is “so critical to what we do.”

Rome Lab, based at Griffiss park, is formally known as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate. The Air Force Materiel Command includes the overall AFRL plus several other centers; the command employs about 89,000 military and civilians and manages $60 billion of budget authority annually, according to afmc.af.mil online.

Schumer commented “in an era of constant threat of cyber-attack, Rome Lab is at the vanguard of countering these threats. It is also an economic engine for the Mohawk Valley, employing over 1,200 talented intelligence and communications personnel.” He said Bunch’s visit will “give him the chance to see, in person, the work this first-rate facility is doing to protect our nation’s cyber infrastructure, as well as the innovation and spin-off economic activity the Mohawk Valley has come to enjoy as a result of the Air Force’s presence.”

Rome Lab is considered the nation’s premier research organization for Command, Control, Communications, Cyber and Intelligence (C4I) technologies, said Schumer’s announcement. The lab focuses on developing information technology for air, space and ground systems, in addition to partnering with other federal agencies, universities, private industry and other state and local governments, his announcement added.

The announcement also cited Schumer’s ongoing support for the lab including several federal funding allotments he has helped secure.

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