The National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has a new commander.
Col. Parker H. Wright assumed command of the intelligence center today during a ceremony in the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
NASIC is the U.S. Department of Defense’s main source for information on foreign air and space threats, according to the agency. The work of its more than 3,000 Airmen and employees includes analysis of North Korea’s nuclear missile tests, among other threats.
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“I think it’s an exciting time for the history of NASIC as we embark on our second hundred years to be I think squarely in the middle of some very important discussions and decisions,” Wright said. “The return of great power competition and the emergence of space as a war fighting domain really put us in a central position to help inform our policy makers, our war fighters and our acquisition partners as we look toward building the future.”
In assuming command of NASIC, Wright leaves his prior post as the commander of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe Analytic Center, Royal Air Force in Molesworth, United Kingdom.
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While there, he led over 1,200 active duty and reserve members of the military, according to NASIC.
Outgoing NASIC commander Col. Sean P. Larkin was also honored during the Wednesday ceremony. Larkin is heading to Washington, D.C. where he is set to become the director of Defense Engagement for the Director of National Intelligence.
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