House Armed Services Committee. Admiral Greenert has posted his Navigation Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2013-2017. Key items in the Information Dominance Corps realm within his Sailing Directions are:
WARFIGHTING FIRST –
- Fully exploit cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum as warfighting domains with upgrades to Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment and the SLQ-32 surface electronic warfare system, and continued development of the Next-Generation Jammer for airborne electronic warfare.
- Defend our computer networks, sustain information assurance, develop network operations technology, as well as educate the next generation of cyber operators at the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and Naval War College.
OPERATE FORWARD – While no individual bullet point sites a specific task for the Information Dominance Corps (IDC) the major move to push more ships & forces forward, increase their Operational Tempo, and rotate crews at the edge are major changes. Thus the IDC importance is built within every bullet point listed. These changes make the Network and Communication mission sets of the IDC more significant. It also challenges network availability & integrity while stressing satellite and terrestrial communication pathways with higher traffic loads and most likely a more congested spectrum loading.
BE READY –
- Improve the “wholeness” of the Aegis Weapons System through data link and software upgrades while adding the Shipboard Self Defense System to more non-Aegis ships, such as amphibious assault ships.
- Sustain Fleet Synthetic Training to provide a wider range of complex and demanding simulations than possible in the field, while conserving operating expenses where appropriate.
Make sure to review the CNO’s 2012 update in his CNO’s Postion Report for 2012!
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Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies at the House Armed Services Committee Hearing on President Obama’s Fiscal 2013 Budget Request for the U.S. Navy, 16 February 2012. The following specific excerpts are focused on the area of Cyberwarfare:
“While we currently dominate the undersea domain, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum present a different set of challenges and a lower barrier to entry to our potential adversaries. Our FY2013 budget submission furthers our goal to operate effectively in cyberspace and fully exploit the electromagnetic spectrum. Investments including SEWIP, the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System (CANES), E-2D Hawkeye, Next-Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) support development of a common operational picture of cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum. They also support robust defense of our networks and improve our ability to use non-kinetic effects to defend our ships from attack, conduct offensive operations and conduct superior command and control.”
“Project Power Despite A2/AD Challenges. Potential adversaries are mounting strategies to prevent U.S. forces from entering their theater (anti-access) or operating effectively once within the theater (area-denial). These adversaries intend to prevent U.S. forces from defeating their aggression or coming to the aid of allies and partners. Both state and non-state actors are undertaking these strategies using capabilities including mines, submarines, anti-ship cruise and ballistic missiles, anti-satellite weapons, cyber attack, and communications jamming. The Navy FY2013 budget submission addresses these threats through a wide range of investments that support the multi-service Air-Sea Battle concept. In addition to the MIW, ASuW and ASW investments identified above, our FY2013 budget submission funds upgrades in electronic warfare (EW), integrated fire control, cyber operations, networks, Virginia SSN and payload modules, and the F-35C.”
“Operate Effectively in Space and Cyberspace. As a forward deployed force, our Fleet is highly dependent upon space-based systems, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum. Naval forces rely on long-haul communications for command and control, positioning, navigation and timing and administration. Given the growing A2/AD threat from communications jamming and anti-satellite weapons, our FY2013 budget submission includes investment in the maritime portion of the Joint Airborne Layer Network, a UAV-based system to assure our ability to communicate and conduct command and control.”
“Cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum are a key area of emphasis for our future force development. In the past two years, we made significant investments in personnel for Navy Cyber Command / Tenth Fleet as well as U.S. Cyber Command, which continue in our FY2013 budget submission. These highly-skilled operators are developing a “common operational picture” (COP) of cyberspace and the tools to effectively defend our interests within it. Cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum are inextricably linked, and in our FY2013 budget submission, we fund a range of EW and electronic support systems including SEWIP, Next-Generation Jammer, shipboard prototype and demonstrator systems, Ship Signal Exploitation Equipment (SSEE) and the E-2D Hawkeye. These systems sustain our ability exploit the electromagnetic spectrum for sensing and communication, while denying our adversaries accurate or effective information. We are also developing the conceptual and doctrinal framework to fully exploit the electromagnetic spectrum as a warfighting domain.”
And there is even a note on the CARL VINSON (in good company with CONSTITUTION) from SECNAV Mabus:
“Our commitment to our sailors and Marines can never waver. It can never end. For 236 years from steam — from sail to steam to nuclear, from the USS Constitution to the USS Carl Vinson, from Tripoli to Tripoli, our maritime warriors have upheld a proud heritage, protected our nation, projected our power, and provided freedom of the seas. In coming year, this new strategy and our plans to execute that strategy will assure that our naval heritage not only perseveres, but that our Navy and Marine Corps continue to prevail.”