Saturday, April 19, 2014

Command excellence

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."

Attributed to Steve Jobs and dozens of Navy Command Excellence proponents.

Friday, April 18, 2014

NIOC HAWAII SAILOR IS CNO SHORE SAILOR OF THE YEAR


140418-N-IV546-034 WASHINGTON (April 18, 2014) Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Patricia H. Madigan receives a Navy-Marine Corps commendation medal from Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III after winning the 2013 Navy Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) competition at the Pentagon. The Navy Shore SOY program was established in 1972 to recognize Sailors who represent the best of the Navy by demonstrating both professional and personal dedication above and beyond their peers. This year's competition was among 5 first class petty officers representing shore commands across the entire fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas L. Rosprim/ Released)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

This will change things

Next for 


intelligence: 


immersion

Apr. 15, 2014 - 03:45AM   |  
 By | AMBER CORRIN | DEFENSE NEWS
The intelligence community is pushing toward a new, more comprehensive way of collecting, processing and using the data that underpins all of its operations: an experience built around immersion that fluidly helps connect the dots between entities that once functioned in silos. 
At the center of the movement is the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, whose director, Letitia Long, says is at the center of transforming the way the government handles intelligence.
“By immersion I mean living, interacting and experimenting with the data in a multimedia, multisensory experience with GEOINT at its core,” Long said April 15 at the GEOINT conference in Tampa, Fla. “Immersion will break down the barriers between collectors, analysts, customers and decision-makers.”
At the center of the movement to the next generation of intelligence, Long said that getting to immersion means that NGA must complete a transformation from static provider of products to a resource for dynamic GEOINT content, analysis and services.
Long said that transition hinges on six pillars on which NGA will build its new-look intelligence operations: its multi-source content backbone Map of the World; analytic capabilities; next-generation collection; the globe; open-information technology; and research and technology.
“Ultimately the pillars bring to bear the power of GEOINT, to discover the unknown and deliver faster, more predictive insights to decision-makers,” she said.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Add Value

Practice adding value to Sailors.  As you move up in your Navy career, more and more of your responsibility lies in Sailor development.  Ask yourself, "What can I do to add value to my Sailors? What can I do to help them become better Sailors and better people?"  Remember to bring out the best in a Sailor, you have to visualize that Sailor at his/her best.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Remembering the tragic shootdown of Deep Sea 129 and the loss of 31 Shipmates

Flight of Deep Sea 129

Beggar Shadow mission

At 07:00 local time (TOKYO) of Tuesday, 15 April 1969, an EC-121M of the U.S. Navy's Fleet Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) took off from Atsugi, on an intelligence-gathering reconnaissance mission.

The aircraft, Bureau number 135749, c/n 4316, bore the tail code "PR-21" and used the radio call sign Deep Sea 129. Aboard were 8 officers and 23 enlisted men under the command of LCDR James Overstreet. Nine of the crew, including one Marine were Naval Security Group cryptologic technicians (CTs) and linguists in Russian and Korean.

Deep Sea 129's assigned task was a routine nationally tasked BEGGAR SHADOW signal intelligence (SIGINT) collection mission. Its flight profile northwest over the Sea of Japan took it to an area offshore of Musu Point, where the EC-121M would turn northeast toward the Soviet Union and orbit along a 120-nautical-mile (222 km) long elliptical track. These missions, while nominally under the command of SEVENTH Fleet and CINCPAC, were actually controlled operationally by the Naval Security Group detachment at NSF Kamiseya, Japan, under the direction of the National Security Agency.

LCDR Overstreet's orders included a prohibition from approaching closer than 50 nautical miles (90 km) to the North Korean coast. VQ-1 had flown the route and orbit for two years, and the mission had been graded as being of "minimal risk." During the first three months of 1969 nearly 200 similar missions had been flown by both Navy and U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft off North Korea's east coast without incident.

The mission was tracked by a series of security agencies within the Department of Defense that were pre-briefed on the mission, including land-based Air Force radars in Japan and South Korea. The USAF 6918th Security Squadron at Hakata Air Station, USAF 6988th Security Squadron at Yokota Air Base, and Detachment 1, 6922nd Security Wing at Osan Air Base monitored the North Korean reaction by intercepting its air defense search radar transmissions. The Army Security Agency communications interception station at Osan listened to North Korean air defense radio traffic, and the Naval Security Group at Kamiseya, which provided the seven of the nine CTs aboard Deep Sea 129, also intercepted Soviet Air Force search radars.

At 12:34 local time, roughly six hours into the mission, the Army Security Agency and radars in Korea detected the takeoff of two North Korean Air Force MiG-17s and tracked them, assuming that they were responding in some fashion to the mission of Deep Sea 129. In the meantime the EC-121 filed a scheduled activity report by radio on time at 13:00 and did not indicate anything out of the ordinary. 22 minutes later the radars lost the picture of the MiGs and did not reacquire it until 13:37, closing with Deep Sea 129 for a probable intercept.

The communications that this activity generated within the National Security network was monitored by the EC-121's parent unit, VQ-1, which at 13:44 sent Deep Sea 129 a "Condition 3" alert by radio, indicating it might be under attack. LCDR Overstreet acknowledged the warning and complied with procedures to abort the mission and return to base. At 13:47 the radar tracks of the MiGs merged with that of Deep Sea 129, which disappeared from the radar picture two minutes later.

At first none of the agencies were alarmed, since procedures also dictated that the EC-121 rapidly descend below radar coverage, and Overstreet had not transmitted that he was under attack. However when it did not reappear within ten minutes, VQ-1 requested a scramble of two Air Force Convair F-102A Delta Dart interceptors to provide combat air patrol for the EC-121.

By 14:20 the Army Security Agency post had become increasingly concerned. It first sent a FLASH message (a high priority intelligence message to be sent within six minutes) indicating that Deep Sea 129 had disappeared, and then at 14:44, an hour after the shoot-down, sent a CRITIC ("critical intelligence") message (the highest message priority, to be processed and sent within two minutes) to six addressees within the National Command Authority, including President Richard M. Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger.

A search and rescue effort was immediately launched by VQ-1 using aircraft of both the U.S. Air Force and Navy. The first response was by an Air Force Lockheed HC-130 Hercules, with a Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker tanker in support and an escort of fighters, but the search effort rapidly expanded to a total of 26 aircraft. At short notice, two U.S. Navy destroyers, USS Henry W. Tucker and USS Dale, sailed from Sasebo, Japan, on the afternoon of April 15 toward the area of last contact (41°2800N 131°3500E / 41.4666667°N 131.5833333°E), a position approximately 90 nautical miles (167 km) off the North Korean port of Ch'┼Ćngjin.

The first debris sighting occurred at 09:30 the next morning, 16 April, by a Navy VP-40 P-3B Orion aircraft. Two destroyers of the Soviet Navy #429 Kotlin Class and #580 Kashin Class were directed to the scene by the Navy aircraft. The Air Force HC-130 SAR aircraft, that relieved the P-3B, dropped the Soviet ships URC-10 survival radios and eventually made voice contact in the afternoon as the Soviet craft were departing. Both Soviet ships indicated they had recovered debris from the aircraft but had not found any indication of survivors. That evening Tucker arrived in the area and after midnight recovered part of the aircraft perforated with shrapnel damage.

At approximately noon of 17 April Tucker recovered the first of two crewmen's bodies, then rendezvoused with the Soviet destroyer Vdokhnovenny (D-429) and sent over her whaleboat. The Soviets turned over all of the debris they had collected. The bodies of Lt.j.g. Joseph R. Ribar and AT1 Richard E. Sweeney were taken to Japan but those of the other 29 crewmen were not recovered.

North Korea publicly announced that it had shot down the plane, claiming it had violated its territorial airspace. The U.S. government acknowledged that it was conducting a search for a missing aircraft but stated that it had explicit orders to remain at least 50 nautical miles (93 km) offshore. Of note, April 15 was the 57th birthday of the North Korean dictator Kim Il-Sung.

From WIKIPEDIA

Those lost include:

Lcdr. James H. Overstreet,
Lt. John N. Dzema,
Lt. Dennis B. Gleason,
Lt. Peter P. Perrottey,
Lt. John H. Singer,
Lt. Robert F. Taylor,
Ltjg. Joseph R. Ribar,
Ltjg. Robert J. Sykora,
Ltjg. Norman E. Wilkerson,
ADRC Marshall H. McNamara,
CTC Frederick A. Randall,
CTC Richard E. Smith,
AT1 Richard E. Sweeney,
AT1 James Leroy Roach,
CT1 John H. Potts,
ADR1 Ballard F. Conners,
AT1 Stephen C. Chartier,
AT1 Bernie J. Colgin,
ADR2 Louis F. Balderman,
ATR2 Dennis J. Horrigan,
ATN2 Richard H. Kincaid,
ATR2 Timothy H. McNeil,
CT2 Stephen J. Tesmer,
ATN3 David M. Willis,
CT3 Philip D. Sundby,
AMS3 Richard T. Prindle,
CT3 John A. Miller,
AE3 LaVerne A. Greiner,
ATN3 Gene K. Graham,
CT3 Gary R. DuCharme,
SSGT Hugh M. Lynch,(US Marine Corps).
 
REST IN PEACE

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Information Warfare Officer Captain Selection Board - Community Values and Career Progression


Rear Admiral Tim White and Captain Don Elam sat the O6 selection board representing the Information Warfare Officer community.  Looking at the board tracker, it appears we are just a day or two behind last year's release.  Here is a snapshot of the Community Values and Career Progression for our community.  Best of luck to all of those "above", "in" and "below" the zone.

Friday, April 11, 2014

From my mentor and author VADM Dave Oliver

www.rottencards.com
A good leader does not routinely operate at anywhere near his physical or emotional capacity.  The good leader is always pacing his efforts  so that he has enough reserve to sustain his concentration as long as necessary when unexpected events require.

A person operating near 100 percent capacity is a person operating at the edge of his envelope of reliability.  He will not have the ability to take a bullet - of any caliber.

VADM Dave Oliver, Jr., USN
Submariner
"LEAD ON! - A Practical Approach to Leadership.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's not rocket science...or is it?

Just some amazing art from Hugh MacLeod at www.gaapingvoid.com

Systems thinking has taken me down a certain path.  As I venture further and further along this path, I find myself wondering if some of our COs just make a conscious effort not to have their command excel.  I am really beginning to believe that some of them just have no interest in excellence whatsoever.  Good leadership is easy and great leadership sure isn't hard. It's that one "extra" thing that an extraordinary CO does that an ordinary CO doesn't. Looking at a command as a system that is part of a larger system of systems (say at TF as part of a numbered Fleet), it becomes apparent to the most casual observer that a command just can't get to the next level without a great CO. 

Great COs don't miss the opportunity to recognize the excellence that surrounds them. That excellence resides in your Sailors.  It is the CO's responsibility to recognize that excellence and make it known to the rest of the system. Shame on the CO/command that does not believe that one of its 200+ Sailors is not worthy of recognition as being among the best of the Cryptologic community and deserving of the NCVA Award for Cryptologic Support Excellence.

Great leadership is not rocket science...or is it?
Thank you Hugh MacLeod and Laura Viberti for the great artwork from www.gapingvoidart.com  !!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

From a respected author - for my Shipmates who are stretched to the breaking point


You can pre-order his book now and once you read it, you'll find yourself taking things off your "to do" list before the ink makes it to the paper.  Making time to read it will make time for you after you read it.  Do yourself a favor and order Greg's book HERE.  You can send me a "Thank you" card later, if it makes it to your "to do" list.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Thank you United States Navy for 30 awesome years, for countless great experiences and for some lifelong friendships


I can be properly called a correspondence fanatic with lunatic leanings.  I am a huge believer in "Thank you" notes and was happy to read this in The New York Times:
"While researchers leave open the matter of which format is best for rendering thanks for small favors, courtesies, presents or a tuna casserole supper, there is a growing sense that the old, reliable handwritten note is making a comeback — and not just as a prop on “Tonight.”"
Jimmy Fallon is bringing back the "Thank you" note in a bit of a whimsical way.  You can read the full piece HERE.

I am mostly pleased with the career I had in the Navy but I can see the "thank you's" to the Navy leaning more this way:

Thank you Navy for:

  • Keeping me from my family for half my career.
  • Teaching me how to smoke.
  • Introducing me to alternate lifestyles.
  • Killing my knees, elbows and back.
  • Introducing me to my lifelong friend - alcohol.
  • Allowing me to enjoy my three weddings.
  • Ensuring my kids remain strangers.
I'm sure you have your own funny twist on this.  Feel free to say "thank you" to the Navy in comments (seriously or tongue in cheek).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

How I feel sometimes

"I regret that my poor choice of words caused some people
to understand what I was saying."
With credit to the artist CHRISTOPHER WEYANT from The New Yorker Magazine. I owe him $10.00 for this. More of his great work HERE.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Farewell and Hail

Farewell message from ADM Mike Rogers

UNCLAS
PERSONAL FOR COMMANDING OFFICERS FROM ADM ROGERS
SUBJ/PERSONAL FOR FAREWELL MESSAGE TO TENTH FLEET

1. I HAVE BEEN PROPERLY RELIEVED BY VICE ADMIRAL JAN TIGHE AS COMMANDER, U.S. FLEET CYBER COMMAND AND COMMANDER, U.S. TENTH FLEET. IT HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SERVE AS YOUR COMMANDER FOR THE LAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS.  YOUR SUPPORT OF THE NATION'S MARITIME STRATEGY BY EFFECTIVELY EMPLOYING OUR MISSION CAPABILITIES GLOBALLY HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING.  EACH OF YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF OUR PRIMARY LINES OF OPERATION IN CYBER AND NETWORK OPERATIONS, SPACE, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, INFORMATION OPERATIONS AND SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE.  YOU ARE WARFIGHTERS WHO BRING UNIQUE CAPABILITIES TO THE FIGHT WITH ONE SINGLE FOCUS - ENSURING THAT THE NAVY AND JOINT TEAMMATES WE SUPPORT AROUND THE GLOBE - AND THE EFFECTS WE GENERATE - ACHIEVE BETTER OPERATIONAL OUTCOMES AT THE TIME AND PLACE OF OUR CHOOSING.  THROUGHOUT MY TENURE, YOU HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL AT EVERY TURN.  THAT SUCCESS HAS BEEN A DIRECT RESULT OF YOUR SUPERB LEADERSHIP DEMONSTRATED DAILY ACROSS OUR DOMAIN AND THE UNTIRING DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT OF YOU-OUR UNIFORMED AND CIVILIAN TEAM.  THE DEMANDS PLACED ON EACH OF YOU HAVE BEEN HIGH, BUT YOU ALWAYS ANSWERED THE CALL, EVEN DURING A PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING FISCAL PERIOD.

2. EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS MY SINCERE APPRECIATION AND THANKS TO YOUR LOVED ONES AND FAMILIES WHO ENDURE THE SACRIFICES OF YOUR SERVICE IN DEFENSE OF THIS GREAT NATION.  THEY CARRY THE HOMEFRONT BURDENS ON THEIR SHOULDERS, ALLOWING EACH OF US TO FOCUS ON THE MISSION, AND THEY DO SO WITH SELFLESS DEDICATION.

3. I NOW PASS THE CONN OF FLEET CYBER COMMAND/COMTENTHFLT TO VADM JAN TIGHE.  SHE IS AN EXCEPTIONAL LEADER, INNOVATIVE THINKER AND STALWART WARFIGHTER WHO WILL CONTINUE OUR MOMENTUM OF MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENT AND TRANSFORMATION.  SHE WILL CONTINUE TO CHART A STRONG COURSE FOR THE NAVY IN THE CYBERSPACE DOMAIN.  THIS FLEET IS IN VERY CAPABLE HANDS AND I ASK THAT YOU CONTINUE TO GIVE HER THE SAME DEDICATION AND OUTSTANDING SUPPORT THAT YOU GAVE ME.

4. DANA AND I WISH EACH OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS.  AS I DEPART FOR DUTIES AS COMMANDER, U.S. CYBER COMMAND AND DIRECTOR, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, I FULLY REALIZE THAT MY SELECTION FOR THESE NEW DUTIES IS DUE IN NO SMALL PART TO YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION.  MANY, MANY THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WHAT I KNOW YOU WILL DO IN THE FUTURE IN SERVING OUR NAVY AND DEFENDING OUR NATION. I AM DEEPLY HONORED AND HUMBLED TO HAVE SERVED WITH YOU.

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ASSUMPTION OF COMMAND, BY VADM Jan Tighe.

UNCLAS
PERSONAL FOR COMMANDING OFFICERS FROM VADM TIGHE
SUBJ/PERSONAL FOR ASSUMPTION OF COMMAND

1. Today I relieved Admiral Michael S. Rogers as Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and Commander, U.S. TENTH Fleet.  Admiral Rogers now carries forward his vision and passion to lead U.S. Cyber Command, and National Security Agency/Central Security Service.  His remarkable leadership across TENTH  Fleet's mission sets has strengthened our foundation.  His tireless pursuit of excellence has propelled cyber warfighting to approach the mission differently.
Thanks to his hard work and yours, our warfighting capability and capacity in this domain have expanded significantly.

2. I assume command at a critical moment in our Nation's history and as the FLTCYBERCOM/TENTHFLT team continues to provide vital warfighting capability to our Navy and Joint partners.  Today we are faced with many national security challenges, but we also have a great opportunity to make a difference to our Navy and the Nation by transforming ourselves to meet these challenges.  We will expand the capabilities and options that commanders can draw upon in the
electromagnetic spectrum and cyber domain to defend our country and its allies across all warfighting domains.

3. My focus is on the mission and the people who accomplish it.  We are warfighters who bring unique capabilities to the fight.  We need every member of this diverse workforce trained, ready, and empowered to succeed.  Our new Type Commander, Information Dominance Forces, will be at the heart of generating that readiness as we migrate ADCON of our subordinate commands in the coming months.

4. The domain in which we operate requires that we constantly stay ahead of the adversary.  We must also work across the Navy to assure access to cyberspace and the integrity of command and control.  We will leverage our strengths in the converged electromagnetic and cyber domains and continue to deliver on SIGINT, IO, EW, and space missions.  We will also continue growing our capacity and capability in the Cyber Mission Force (CMF) and as the Joint Forces Headquarter- Cyber (JFHQ-C).  While these next few years will be marked by change across nearly every aspect of our mission, we are ready to face this change with great leaders and a talented workforce.

5. I am proud to be taking the helm of the Navy's Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet as it has just passed its fourth anniversary as a warfighting organization.  I look forward in the coming months to continue meeting the men and women who ensure its success.  Our people are indeed our greatest advantage.  Finally, the key to our future success will be continued transparency, communications, and collaboration across the workforce and our mission partners.

6. TENTH Fleet is operating forward, our presence is felt, and we are ready.  Keep up the press!  VADM Tighe sends.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

From VADM Ted Branch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance and Director of Naval Intelligence:


It is my privilege and great pleasure to inform you that VADM Rogers' nomination for appointment to the rank of Admiral and assignment as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and as Director, National Security Agency was confirmed by the Senate yesterday. This is not only a testament to Admiral Rogers' unparalleled leadership and professional qualifications; it is a profound expression of faith by the nation's political leaders in his personal ability. Moreover, yesterday was an historic moment for the Information Dominance Corps. Not since ADM Bill Studeman's tenure as Deputy Director of the CIA in the 1990s have the communities comprising the current IDC had a flag officer who achieved a fourth star.

Please join me in congratulating Admiral Rogers on this well-earned and well-deserved career accomplishment!

NOTE:  THEY USED AN UNRESTRICTED FOUR STAR FLAG.  I like it.  Does it mean anything?

URL Flag had been used in error.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

VADM TIGHE ASSUMES COMMAND OF FLEET CYBER COMMAND/TENTH FLEET

UNCLAS COMFLTCYBERCOM FT GEORGE G MEADE MD

TO   ALCOM
     CNO WASHINGTON DC
     COMPACFLT PEARL HARBOR HI
     COMSEVENTHFLT
     COMUSFLTFORCOM NORFOLK VA
     DIRNSA FT GEORGE G MEADE MD
     COMSIXTHFLT


UNCLAS
ALCOM 050/14

SUBJ/COMFLTCYBERCOM-TENTHFLT CHANGE OF COMMAND

1. AT 1500L TODAY, VICE ADMIRAL JAN E. TIGHE RELIEVED
ADMIRAL MICHAEL S. ROGERS AS COMMANDER, U.S. FLEET CYBER
COMMAND/COMMANDER, U.S. TENTH FLEET.

2. ALL CURRENT ORDERS, DIRECTIVES, AND REGULATIONS REMAIN
IN EFFECT UNTIL CANCELLED OR SUPERSEDED.

3. RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL JAN E. TIGHE, COMMANDER, U.S.
FLEET CYBER COMMAND/COMMANDER, U.S. TENTH FLEET.

BT
#8057
NNNN
UNCLASSIFIED/

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Admiral Michael S. Rogers confirmed in the Senate by unanimous consent on 31 March



This is my 2500th post on this blog.

NOTE:  Actual NSA site did not reflect this change as of post time: 0530 a.m on 1 April.

Here is the real screen capture of the NSA Website from this morning.