WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) was authorized by the Secretary of the Navy earlier this month and is slated to open its doors in the June 2002 timeframe.
This flag-rank command will be the type commander for Navy networks, and its establishment shows the Navy's recognition that networks, as warfare enablers, are becoming increasingly important to today's warfighter.
NETWARCOM will be the central operational authority responsible for coordinating all information technology, information operations, and space requirements and operations within the Navy. Establishment of NETWARCOM will better align the various staffs needed to support the concept of one naval network and to support that network's end-to-end operational management.
Several commands will be under the authority of the commander of NETWARCOM: Naval Network and Space Operations Command (NNSOC) in Dahlgren, Va.; Fleet Information Warfare Center (FIWC) in Norfolk, Va.; and Navy Component Task Force Computer Network Defense (NCTF CND) in Washington, D.C. NNSOC will be established coincident with NETWARCOM, through the merger of the existing Naval Space Command and the Naval Network Operations Command.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will report for additional duties to the NETWARCOM commander for matters related to fleet support and execution-year requirements. The commander of Naval Security Group (NAVSECGRU) will serve additional duties as the NETWARCOM director of Information Operations.
NETWARCOM will assume the title of Naval Space Command and serve as the Naval component to the commander in chief, U.S. Space Command (USCINCSPACE). NETWARCOM will report administratively to U.S. Fleet Forces Command (FFC) and will support all fleet commanders in chief.
The new command will be headquartered at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk. Location in this fleet concentration area will help ensure NETWARCOM stays in touch with the needs of the fleet it supports and stays in close contact with FFC, also in Norfolk, for vetting network requirements.
This organizational alignment is the result of a two-year review and will enable the Navy to have the necessary leadership, common strategy and means to integrate requirements and oversee network and space operations.
The establishment of NETWARCOM and the alignment it brings is critical to the success of current and future naval operations and will ensure the Navy remains a technologically preeminent force in the Information Age.
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