At least 15 different sites are competing to become the headquarters for the Air Force’s new Cyber Command. I’m headed to one of ‘em tonight, in fact. But no matter which base ultimately gets picked, the flyboys are looking to spread the digital wealth. I mean really spread it, with a “a cyber unit in every state,”’s Bob Brewin reports. It’s a time-honored technique for “secur[ing] the Hill’s backing — and bucks — for any new program.”

The majority of the sites… are designated as so-called network operations, a fancy way to describe the circuits and connections that already exist to serve those bases. While this is just putting a new name on old operations, it helps to include all 50 states in the count, which then bolsters the sales job.

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