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Information Operations Teams Support Navy Surge
Story Number: NNS040406-10
Release Date: 4/6/2004 11:48:00 PM

By Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jennifer M. Zingalie, Fleet Information Warfare Center Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Fleet Information Warfare Center’s (FIWC) Information Operations and Information Warfare (IO/IW) teams are supporting the new “surge ready” Navy by upgrading their deployments with and training strike group commanders, fleet commanders and Joint Task Force commanders.

Since there are constant deployments, there is always an IO/IW team specific to each Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and Expiditionary Strike Group (ESG), so teams are needed year-round, as well as coast to coast.

Team Division Officer Lt. Chuck Campbell, along with his teams of IO/IW specialists, train in areas such as IO/IW planning and execution, Electronic Warfare (EW) control, Military Deception and Operational Security implementation, as well as electronic spectrum management.

According to Campbell, the execution of the new surge readiness cycle, as well as the Chief of Naval Operation’s declaration of IO as a primary warfare area, will make these teams a more integral component of the staffs they deploy with, and provide them with more comprehensive and advanced training.

To maintain proficiency and expertise, the deployer teams are continually training in the IO/IW disciplines, themselves. They attend several IO/IW schools, are sent to ships for hands-on training at a tactical level, and are observed and graded by high-level tactical assessors on their job performance and competence level. Additionally, mobile training units, comprised of experienced prior IW Opteam members, train the “younger” IO/IW teams.

“Recently, FIWC has also implemented two new IO related courses, the Navy Information Warfare Tactics and Operations Course and the Navy Information Warfare Staff and Operations Course, which standardize IO/IW training,” said Campbell. “These courses are available to CSG and ESG staffs, as well as major staff IO officers, in a class-room environment that will prepare them with the proper training and tools to better execute IO/IW within their command structure before ever setting out to sea.”

According to Campbell, CSGs and ESGs and their staffs will become greatly educated because of this standardized training, as well as be able to rely on teams of highly trained IO experts.

"One other great resource available will be a reach-back support ability through an IO Integration Center currently under construction by Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. The center will serve as the fleet’s 1-800 number for more complex IO/IW questions that they may not able to be answer themselves," said Campbell.

The change in surge readiness not only changes training standards, but for the teams readiness availability. Previously, Operation Teams readiness cycle was referred to as D -180, which meant that 180 days before a ship deployed, the team would go aboard to integrate IO into its battle rhythm and daily routine. Now, their augment timeline is at R + 2, which is two months after the flagship’s post deployment scheduled maintenance availability. Under the surge concept, the time between deployments for FIWC’s deployer teams decreased by approximately 105 days.

As the Navy “rushes” forward, each of its components must quickly and thoroughly adapt to their new tasking. Soon the phrase “surge ready” will be second nature, and the question will not be “who can respond?” but rather, “how fast can you get there?”