New Designator Name Honors Heritage and Looks to Future

Story Number: NNS160314-08Release Date: 3/14/2016 11:10:00 AM
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From Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet Public Affairs

FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Those information warfare community naval officers principally responsible for executing signals intelligence, cyberspace operations and electronic warfare operations will be renamed cryptologic warfare officers to reflect their evolving mission.

Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC and C10F), who also serves as the Navy's cryptologic community leader, announced today the change applies to officers with the 181X, 681X and 781X designators, formerly known as information warfare officers.

Cryptologic warfare officers are just one part of the larger information warfare community, including meteorology/oceanography officers, information professionals, intelligence officers and space cadre, along with their enlisted and civilian counterparts.

"This choice honors our cryptologic heritage, reflects the military effects we deliver in the converged domain and more closely ties our officers with our enlisted and civilian force counterparts," said Tighe.

Navy cryptology was officially established 81 years ago with the stand-up of the Communication Security Group.

In a letter to the community, Tighe wrote, "A great deal of our heritage can be traced to the Naval Security Group and our collective identification as Navy cryptologists."

The transition of the Information Dominance Corps to the information warfare community and the CNO's Design for Maritime Superiority served as an opportunity to evolve and examine the community's identity.

"Whether we are executing mission under joint commanders, fleet commanders, National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command--and whether significant portions of our missions are organized under Communications Security Group, Naval Security Group, Naval Network Warfare Command or today's FCC/C10F--we have our own enduring identity, culture and ethos," said Tighe.

The Navy cryptologic community encompasses signals intelligence, cyberspace operations and electronic warfare operations in order to deliver effects through sea, air, land, space and cyber domains at all levels of war. The Navy Cryptologic Community is an element of the larger information warfare community, which collectively delivers assured command and control, battlespace awareness and integrated fires for joint and maritime commanders.

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy's service cryptologic component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Fleet Cyber Command also reports directly to the chief of naval operations as an echelon II command.

U.S. 10th Fleet is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure.

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The new seal for the Navy cryptologic community released March 11, 2016.
160311-N-ZZ999-510 WASHINGTON (March 11, 2016) The new seal for the Navy cryptologic community released March 11, 2016. The design combines elements linking Navy cryptology's past, present and future; and focusing on their core missions of signals intelligence, cyber warfare, and electronic warfare. (U.S. Navy graphic)
March 14, 2016
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