The Air Force will establish a new information operations technical training school at Hurlburt Field, Fla., beginning in late fiscal 2019, officials announced this week. The decision to create a dedicated training school follows the service’s creation of the information operations career field and Air Force specialty code in late 2016, according to a news release. The 14- to 15-week-long curriculum will consolidate and integrate content from existing courses, including information operations intelligence integration, military deception, operational security and psychological operations. … The University of Illinois system last week launched the Illinois Defense Network, an initiative designed to bring together industry, government and academic stakeholders to strengthen the state’s defense supply chain. The initiative, funded through a grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, also covered a university system study which found that defense spending contributes billions of dollars to the Illinois economy and supports more than 100,000 jobs, reports the Daily Illini.
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