According to Military.com, The Air Force is investigating a recent outage at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, of its Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, a classified system of interconnected computer networks accessed by Defense Department personnel.
Creech Air Force Base operates MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft missions and is one of the service’s central bases for armed drone operations across the globe.
The service confirmed the outage, which took place in early September, to Military.com on Wednesday. The issue was first reported by Buzzfeed News.
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“As to concern about the Sept. 9th SIPR connectivity issue, the investigation into the issue is ongoing, and for operational security reasons, we typically don’t discuss the specific impacts of a network outage,” Air Combat Command spokeswoman Maj. Malinda Singleton said in an email.