News: Information Dominance Corps commemorates 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Finley
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Members of the Navy's Information Dominance Corps (IDC) and their guests commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway during a ceremony held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland June 4.
The Battle of Midway was fought June 4-7, 1942 and is regarded as the turning point in the Pacific theater of operations during World War II.
"The battle was truly a decisive victory against the Japanese during World War II," said Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter, Jr., the event’s guest speaker. “One of the keys to winning this battle and the Pacific war, was how much Adm. Chester Nimitz believed in his intelligence community.”
The efforts of the U.S. Navy's codebreakers, predecessors of today's Information Dominance Corps, were key to Nimitz's decision as U.S. Pacific Fleet commander to engage the Japanese at Midway.
"It was a game changing victory and firmly established the U.S. Navy as the preeminent naval power in the world," said Vice Adm. Ted N. Branch, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance/ director of naval intelligence. “The combination of predictive battle space awareness and the bravery of our forces allowed our Navy to prevail.”
Battle space awareness is one of the key tenets of information dominance, along with “assured command and control" and "integrated fires.”
“The Battle of Midway was a pivotal moment in our Navy’s heritage and our information dominance history,” said Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet.
The IDC was created in 2010 by consolidating the meteorology/oceanography, information warfare, information professional, intelligence and space cadre officer communities, along with their enlisted, reserve and civilian counterparts, to form an inter-disciplinary Corps that leads the delivery of those information dominance warfighting capabilities to Navy and joint commanders.
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