The U.S. Air Force has announced a new commander for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Colonel Leah Lauderback will replace Colonel Aaron M. Prupas as NASIC’s next commander.
Lauderback is currently the commander of the 67th Cyberspace Operations Group, which is responsible for offensive cyber attacks on the part of the Air Force.
"Incredibly excited about the opportunity to lead and work with such a tremendous group of people," said Lauderback. "I grew up in Dayton as my father worked at the Foreign Technology Division for many years, so it feels like coming home."
The Foreign Technology Division was the predecessor of NASIC.
"I have known and worked with Col Lauderback for many years," said Colonel Prupas. "She is a phenomenal leader and officer and will make a great NASIC commander."
Col. Prupas' next duty assignment has yet to be released.
NASIC is based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Its role is to analyze intelligence about foreign air, space, missile and cyber security threats and share the information with Washington policy makers, war fighters, and other parts of the Air Force. It employs around 3,000 military and civilian personnel and has a budget of over $330 million.