Navy looks to expand the reach of its information warfare teams

The Navy is considering extending its information warfare enterprise beyond the tactical space to compete with adversaries on a broader level, one that may not include specific battlefields, though details regarding how the service may do this aren’t yet apparent.

Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare and director of naval intelligence, said the service is considering an information warfare construct that would reach beyond the tactical, carrier strike group level.

One of the issues Navy leaders, and particularly those with the second fleet, are grappling with is “what that kind of expansion would that look like for our numbered fleets,” he told C4ISRNET in an interview at the West 2019 conference.

This strategy builds upon what Kohler described as forward thinking a decade ago in which leadership took the first steps in reorganizing the Navy’s information based skill sets into more of a cohesive enterprise. These integrated capabilities include cyber, electronic warfare, information operations, cryptology, weather capabilities and intelligence areas.

Roughly two years ago, the Navy established an information warfare commander within its carrier strike group concept, Kohler said. This was done because the information warfare domain had become so complex that that function that it required a full time commitment from staffers. But the Navy wouldn’t have been able to train information warfare commanders two years ago without first establishing the community a decade ago, he added. ..Read More..

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