Thursday, May 19, 2011

One Year Ago - CYBERFORCOM - RADM Tom Meek

Commanders, Commanding Officers and Directors,

As I take the helm of Navy Cyber Forces today, I am profoundly honored and humbled at the privilege of leading this exceptional team of dedicated and capable professionals.  Together, you and I have the opportunity and the challenge of shaping the United States Navy through the provision of Information Dominance Readiness.

As we continue the great work that you have established under Vice Admiral Starling's able leadership, I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm the core purposes that define Navy Cyber Forces:

.       Warfighting readiness

Effective management of the manning, training, and equipping responsibilities for Navy's information-related disciplines ensures the delivery of capabilities and readiness for commanders and warfighters.

.       Information-centric capabilities:  A main battery in our Navy's warfighting arsenal

Excellence in our efforts as the Information Domain Type Commander enables the operational chain of command to perform its duties with excellence.  Navy Cyber Forces is the vanguard for ready forces and equipment.  Navy Cyber Forces provides our operational commanders a decisive decision advantage.

As we shape our future capabilities and communities, we must value agility, resilience, leading-edge technology and the ability to rapidly adapt to changing conditions in the Information domain.

In my view, there are a few key factors that lead to success:

.       People achieve mission success.  Our top priority must always be our people.

.       Embrace technology or be left behind.  This is more true than ever in the 21st century.

.       Training and education set us apart and provide the competitive advantage.

.       Absolute adherence to ethics and legality.

The following leadership tenets have served me well in my career, and I offer them as focus points for leadership in our domain.  They are universal and provide a firm foundation for our work at Navy Cyber Forces:

.       Be a person of integrity who lives by our Department of the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

.       The ends do not always justify the means.  Both have consequences. How we perform an action can be even more important than the action itself.  Behavior counts and people remember.

.       Respect for others in the workplace leads to a high performance team. The standard is utmost professionalism and personal loyalty to your team and teammates.

.       People perform better when they know what is expected of them.  The organization thrives when we hold ourselves and each other accountable. Expectations and accountability are healthy traits of a successful organization.

.       Enjoy work and have some fun in the process.  This is no way conflicts with the preceding points.

Inherent in our service is a solemn obligation to our Navy and our nation.  I know you share my personal dedication to this obligation, and I thank you for your leadership as we carry out our mission.

Please share these thoughts freely with your respective leadership teams.  I look forward to meeting with many of you in the days and weeks to come.


Tom Meek
Rear Admiral, USN
Commander, Navy Cyber Forces

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