MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Eleven U.S. Navy officers from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) received the Information Dominance Warfare pin Oct. 18 qualifying them as Information Dominance Warfare Officers (IDWO).
Capt. Eric Taylor, COMUSNAVSO/C4F Maritime Operations Center deputy director, was the first to receive the Information Dominance Warfare device.
"The warfare device we were awarded is one way that the Information Dominance Corps is using to dramatically increase the depth of its members," said Taylor. "These professional skills remain the same, but each part serves to reinforce each other. So the effect is greater than the sum of the constituent parts."
The Navy is under direct attack in the information domain. Three hundred sixty million separate attacks were recorded on Department of Defense networks in 2009. Additionally, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, stated the changes in the information dominance posture.
"The biggest breakthrough of the current fight in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom is the successful integration of intelligence with operations, and the networks to get information to the right person, at the right time, in the right way," said Roughead. "That is where the power is."
The U.S. Navy's vision for Information Dominance highlights capabilities that are already evolving, from the 20th century supporting functions to a main battery of 21st century American sea power. CNO directed that the Navy positions itself to remain pre-eminent in the fields of intelligence, cyber warfare, command and control, electronic warfare and other battle field and knowledge management disciplines.
"We need to elevate the priority of information," said Roughead. "Since we already think and operate this way it's time we finally aligned organizationally to sustain it ... to achieve prominence and dominance."
To achieve CNOs vision, the primary communities that enable the commander's decisional superiority have been brought together into the Information Dominance Corps.
In creating the Information Dominance Corps, CNO took a bold step in integrating oceanography, information warfare, information professional, intelligence and the space cadre into a new warfare discipline to develop information as a main battery concept.
The information dominance community is comprised of 46,000 members, consisting of officer, enlisted and civilian personnel. The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations has developed a roadmap to improve the training, education and qualification across the work-force. The Oct. 18 warfare pinning kicked off the officer qualification process.
Lt. j.g. Darcy Herberick, COMUSNAVOS/U.S. 4th Fleet Maritime Intelligence Operations Center watch officer, Fleet Intelligence Adaptive Force (FIAF) acting-officer-in-charge, also received the warfare device.
"I'm very pleased to have received the warfare pin," said Herberick. "As a junior officer, I had to complete certain requirements to receive the pin, and it was well worth the effort."
The Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist (EIDWS) Program was established for all enlisted personnel assigned to information dominance commands; Navy Information Operations Commands (NIOC), Naval Computer and Telecommunication Stations (NCTS), Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Stations (NCTAMS), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) according to standing Navy practice that enlisted warfare qualifications follow platform.
"We are working with Commander, Navy Cyber Forces Command to recognize that the maritime operations centers (MOC) serve critical information dominance functions as well," said Taylor. "By expanding the EIDWS program to the MOCs, our position is that we will be truly operationalizing the Information Dominance Corps.
COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for U.S. Southern Command and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including theater security cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations.
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