By Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jennifer M. Zingalie, Fleet
Information Warfare Center Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Fleet Information Warfare
(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
According to Campbell, the execution of the
new surge readiness cycle, as well as the Chief of Naval
of IO as a primary warfare area, will make these teams a
more integral component of the staffs they deploy with, and
them with more comprehensive and advanced training.
To maintain proficiency and expertise, the
deployer teams are continually training in the IO/IW disciplines,
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
“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.
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
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?”