News: Navy’s Information Dominance, Cyber leaders sign major strategy documents
Story by Lt. Joseph Holstead
WASHINGTON - Vice Adm. Kendall L. Card, deputy chief of naval operations for Information Dominance/director of Naval Intelligence, and Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet, signed three strategy documents earlier this week that will guide Navy Information Dominance and Cyber warriors into the future.
The three documents, signed during a brief ceremony at the Pentagon, are: the NAVY STRATEGY FOR ACHIEVING INFORMATION DOMINANCE 2013-2017, NAVY CYBER POWER 2020, and the NAVY INFORMATION DOMINANCE CORPS HUMAN CAPITAL STRATEGY 2012-2017.
“Building on the way ahead for the U.S. Navy set by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert in his Sailing Directions and Navigation Plan 2013-2017, we prepared these three documents to set the course for the future for our Navy Information Dominance and Cyber warriors,” said Card.
Each document lays out a strategic plan that will ensure the U.S. Navy continues to maintain the operational advantage gained from fully integrating information functions, capabilities, and resources to optimize decision making and warfighting effects – in other words, information dominance.
As the NAVY STRATEGY FOR ACHIEVING INFORMATION DOMINANCE states, “Although historically employed as an enabler of combat (information ‘in’ warfare), information is being deployed more and more as a weapon (information ‘as’ warfare).”
The strategy goes on to state, “(The) information warfighting domain is cyberspace and the network and the electromagnetic spectrum comprise the battlespace.”
It in turn focuses on the three fundamental Information Dominance capabilities of assured command and control, battlespace awareness, and integrated fires. It sets broad achievable goals, including strong and secure U.S. Navy Command and Control and Information Dominance as a warfighting discipline.
NAVY CYBER POWER 2020 provides the framework to continue to operate, fight, and win in cyberspace, because, as the document states, “U.S. maritime power will be inextricably linked with (the) ability to operate effectively in cyberspace.”
Specifically, NAVY CYBER POWER 2020 lays out the road map for continued success in cyberspace, which requires U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet and the Navy to address cyber threats, key trends, and challenges across four main areas: (1) integrated operations; (2) an optimized cyber workforce; (3) technology innovation; and (4) reforming development and execution of requirements, acquisition and budgeting.
Its vision and goal is to assure access to cyberspace and confident command and control, prevent strategic surprise in cyberspace, and maintain the ability to deliver decisive cyber effects.
“(Navy Cyber Power 2020) captures our efforts to seamlessly integrate cyberspace operations into our traditional maritime operations,” Rogers said. “It maps out the way ahead as we continue to employ Navy and joint cyberspace forces with an effectively recruited, trained, and positioned workforce of warriors who have the finest technology available with an acquisition process that strengthens cyber capabilities and maximizes return on investment.”
Finally, the NAVY INFORMATION DOMINANCE CORPS HUMAN CAPITAL STRATEGY provides the way ahead for developing and sustaining a viable and responsive Information Dominance Corps through a commitment to workforce planning and management processes, delivery of a Corps-wide learning continuum, and cultivation of an Information Dominance culture and warrior ethos.
All three documents are available on the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet website: www.fcc.navy.mil.