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HNA, the Aerial Networks Center of Excellence, is comprised of approximately 360 personnel, located at Hanscom AFB with additional programs executed at Robins and Eglin Air Force Bases.  HNA develops, produces, fields and sustains advanced communications systems utilizing airborne and space-based networks, providing key components of the Joint All Domain C2 (JADC2) and Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) concepts.  In parallel, HNA delivers advanced communication capabilities in support of urgent operational needs such as the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), Airborne Network Global Information Grid Interface (ANGI), and Full Motion Video Extension and Unified Relay (FEURY).  HNA operates the Common Data Link (CDL) Reference Implementation Lab (RIL) and develops the CDL specification on behalf of the CDL Executive Agent (SAF/AQI).  HNA’s future focused activities include the Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW), Software Programmable OMS Compatible (SPOC) radio, the Airborne Extensible Relay and Over-the-Horizon Network (AERONet), and other communication and data link initiatives in support of the warfighter and partner nations. 



HNC, Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland is the Directorates largest division of approximately 1,500 personnel, is located at Joint Base-San Antonio Lackland with personnel also co-located with the 16th Air Force and US Cyber Command.  HNC is a one-of-a-kind Air Force activity providing life-cycles management for cryptographic, key management and defensive/offensive cyber systems.  They also sustain critical AF/DoD/national force protection, intelligence and collection systems.  Furthermore, this Division develops, fields, supports, and sustains current and future Air Force Cryptologic capabilities.  In addition to this, HNC in direct support of the 16th Air Force and United States Cyber Command, provides offensive, defensive, command and control, and situational awareness cyber capabilities to their cyber warfighters. HNC also delivers joint cyber capabilities, including Unified Platform and Joint Cyber C2, to meet cyber user and operator requirements, while physically aligning requirements and acquisition processes to rapidly field fully integrated/interoperable cyberspace capabilities supporting AF, Joint and Coalition operations.  Furthermore, HNC is home to the Platform One, the new centralized team that provides DevSecOps/Software Factory managed services with baked-in security to Air Force and Department of Defense programs.


HNI is located at Hanscom AFB with offices at Gunter Annex, Joint Base San Antonio and Wright-Patterson AFB, manages a broad suite of information technology and infrastructure programs with more than 900 personnel, managing more than 150 projects.  HNI is the Air Force’s ‘go-to organization’ to develop, deliver, and sustain war-winning information technology, network infrastructure and network defensive cyber capabilities, supporting every airman and space warfighter, at every Air Force base worldwide, every day.  HNI’s portfolio includes responsibility for the Air Force network infrastructure, CONUS and overseas.  Additionally, HNI is the Air Force’s recognized provider of cloud services, which is foundational to information dominance via Cloud One.  Cloud One is the new centralized Air Force team that will provide Cloud Infrastructure, with baked-in security for Air Force, Space Force and DoD programs and weapon systems.  This includes Cloud capabilities at Impact Levels 2, 4, 5 and 6.  Further, HNI is also bringing the Air Force to the future of information technology through the development of Enterprise IT as a Service, data analytics and machine learning, providing enterprise-wide technology as a service and managing cloud hosted enterprise services.


HNJ, located at Hanscom AFB, provides acquisition support to rapidly deliver the Nation’s most sensitive multi-domain C4ISR and Battle Management capabilities to the warfighter, while energizing and enabling DoD partners to do the same.  HNJ also operates and maintains the Hanscom AFB special access programs complex.  HNJ is home to the C3I&N Special Access Program (SAP) Enterprise Information Technology as a Service (SEITaaS) initiative as well.  The SEITaaS initiative will provide a highly secure enterprise information processing system and a suite of common applications through innovative pathfinder Other Transactional Authorities (OTAs), in order to enable communications across multiple security levels in support of AF acquisition, operations, and intelligence efforts.



Maj. Gen. Michael J. Schmidt is Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, and Networks, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. In this position, he is responsible for more than 2,600 personnel and acquisition execution of a $15.1 billion portfolio developing, producing, deploying and sustaining Department of the Air Force joint and coalition cyberspace capabilities, aerial and terrestrial networks, cryptologic systems, electronic warfare, data weaponization, kill chain technologies and integration, information technology infrastructures, software platforms and factories, cloud services, combat communications, force protection systems, data link systems, and special projects to enable decisive combat operations.

Maj. Gen. Schmidt entered the Air Force in 1991 after graduating from Iowa State University as an industrial engineer and ROTC distinguished graduate. He served in numerous engineering, program management, and leadership positions. He worked as a Lockheed Martin program manager via the Education with Industry program. He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of Air Force Materiel Command; both an Air Force Legislative and Appropriations Liaison; the F-35 Program Element Monitor; an advisor to the Afghan National Army and commanded the 696th Armament Systems Squadron. Maj. Gen. Schmidt then served as the Deputy for Tactical Aircraft Systems in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the Senior Materiel Leader for the Contractor Logistics Support Division at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. He also served as Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing Programs at U.S. Special Operations Command, Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces at Air Force Materiel Command, and Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers. He is a graduate of the Air Force Legislative Fellows Program and the National War College.



MISSION: Connecting Warfighters with Affordable, Secure & War-Winning Cyber, C3I & Network Systems

The C3I&N Directorate is committed to implementing a culture that embodies key Air Force priorities such as Digital Engineering, Digital Transformation, a DevSecOps environment, Joint Aerial Domain Command and Control powered by Advanced Battle Management Systems and Air Force and AFMC "We Need" initiatives at all levels of the organization. 

The C3I&N Directorate is responsible to the Service Acquisition Executive (SAF/AQ) for executing, developing, acquiring, deploying and sustaining cyberspace, communication, cryptologic and space/nuclear network capabilities across Air Force as well as Joint and inter-Agency communities. 

The Directorate enables decisive combat operations by delivering net centric solutions to drive dynamic integration of information/systems on the network in support of air, space, and cyberspace domains. 

AFLCMC/HN is comprised of approximately 2,400-plus acquisition and product support professionals operating primarily at Hanscom AFB, MA, Joint Base-San Antonio (Lackland), TX and Gunter Annex, AL, with some additional personnel located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ft. Meade, MD, and San Diego CA. The Directorate also has program execution responsibility for select programs and activities managed out of Robins and Hill AFBs. ​



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