recommended reading

Naval Chief Views Information Key to Future of Warfare

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert // Defense Department

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert views “information dominance” as key to the future of warfare while the service’s new transformation framework calls for development of a “data-savvy” workforce.

Speaking at a ceremony last Thursday at which Rear Adm. David Lewis took command of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, Greenert said: “SPAWAR is the technical agent for information dominance, we know that. It is also the technical agent for a new era in Navy and naval warfare. Control of the information is going to be the key to the future.”

That control includes electronic warfare systems. Greenert focused on shortcomings in jamming systems used by the EA-18G “Growler” electronic attack aircraft in his SPAWAR speech. 

“Until we put a pod on the Growlers, with all the electronics working to dominate the electromagnetic spectrum, they're just aircraft flying around burning fuel,” he said.

Lewis emphasized cyber is a war-fighting challenge and will require an all hands on deck approach. His stressed that every Navy system will be cyber secure and every Navy sailor, civilian and contractor cyber savvy.

Lewis said, “We will deliver systems that balance mission and cost with cyber protection, so the fleet fights on the ‘network’ just like we fight on the seas and in the air.”

The Navy’s 2014-2016 Transformation Plan released last week said while the Navy and Marines collect and report “a vast amount of data internally and externally” to various stakeholders, analysis and reporting efforts are often disconnected, costly and lack sufficient context to be actionable

The Transformation Plan calls for the two services to “develop a data and analytics-savvy workforce” guided by a “comprehensive business intelligence system [that] will enable users from across the business enterprise to access rich information to analyze, report and present in a user-specified format.”

According to the plan, the Navy and the Marines also need to take a cost-effective approach to information technology systems. The plan calls for the Navy chief information officer – currently Thomas Hicks serving as acting CIO – to “foster a cost-conscious culture that ensures IT/cyberspace solutions are based on best-value analysis and are integrated into a larger enterprisewide architecture.”

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

    Download
  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.