Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Library for DOD IO Center For Excellence

In a memo from Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, “The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is hereby designated the DoD Information Operations Center for Excellence. In that capacity, NPS shall facilitate development of Information Operations as a core military competency and innovation.”

Commander, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) will serve as Operational Sponsor for the Center on behalf of the Combatant Commands. The Secretary of the Navy and Commander USSTRATCOM will develop a charter for the Center on Wolfowitz’s approval, in coordination with the Under Secretaries of Defense for Policy and Intelligence, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other DoD officials as appropriate.

The charter will address oversight and activities of the Center, including graduate education, research, research opportunities, and transformation. As a tool to enhance the IOCFE USSTRATCOM is looking into the development of a digital library which will specifically provide resources for the Information Operations Community. This thesis conducts a preliminary requirements analysis for the development of a digital library. Successful development of this digital library is expected to effectively enhance the operational areas of Information Operations and Information Warfare within the Department of Defense.


Trisha Francis
September 2006

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In the long list of goofy ideas in the Information Operations arena, designating NPS as a center of excellence for something that is supposed to be operational may be the most goofy.
First the CNO unwisely disbands the second echelon command (CNSG) who is doing IO, then reconstitutes it as a department in a third echelon command (NNWC) whose primary mission is maintaining fleet communications. Then a school house with small throughput and no experience is made the center of excellence, led by some academics. Then the community Flag leadership is fractured between being the XO of the communications command (for 5 years), a combatant commander J2 job, (for which the incumbent had no experience or qualifications), farmed out to DHS as the cyber security guy, and finally a staff officer at the Pentagon. Little or no representation at the hub of IO at Fort Meade.
Burn it down and start over!!