Friday, February 24, 2012

Information Dominance Industry Day

Key IDC leaders are briefing industry on a variety of Information Dominance topics on 7 March 2012.

VADM Kendall Card, USN
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance

Focus Questions:
  1. How will the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6) achieve information dominance into the 21st Century?
  2. What are the top five challenges to achieving Information Dominance?
  3. How does the IDC learn what is occurring in the private sector?

The current fiscal environment poses many new challenges to the continuing development of Navy Information Dominance.  The Fiscal Year 13 President’s Budget will incorporate deficit reduction measures and will provide an outlook on future budgets for the next five to ten years.  With major cuts already made to the Department of Defense, additional reductions could result in a strategic shift of the Nation’s military capabilities.  This PB FY-13 overview provides context for Information Dominance Day, identifies cuts, and conveys our priorities.

Focus Questions:
  1. What adjustments to the Information Dominance Strategy are being made as a result of the fiscal environment?
  2. Which IDC programs are Navy focusing on?
  3. How can Industry partners help the Navy Information Dominance meet these fiscal challenges?
  4. What Industry opportunities will develop as part of these potential budget cuts?
Mr. Mark Andress, SES
Director of Warfare Integration Directorate


To operate and fight effectively in future maritime environments, the Navy is undertaking a number of initiatives to minimize the risk of losing a competitive informational advantage over potential adversaries.  Operations in high-threat scenarios require robust over-the-horizon communications, secure networks and data links, and assured access to essential segments of the electro-magnetic spectrum.  Our worldwide networks, data storage, transport mechanisms, and the related infrastructure and personnel are vital for achievement of Information Dominance and key to delivering a robust Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (TCPED) process.

Focus Questions:
  1. What impact will the new fiscal environment have on Navy networks?
  2. How does the Navy address the vast amounts of data collected by increasingly capable ISR platforms?
  3. What role does Industry have in the development and protection of the Navy’s Information backbone?
RDML Jerry Burroughs, USN
Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence


The ability to master the human and physical operating environment includes an in-depth understanding of the status, location, and intent of all forces to successfully apply combat power, protect the force, and execute assigned missions.  Programs that support this effort include Maritime Domain Awareness, integrating unmanned systems into the Navy’s Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, and understanding and exploiting the physical operation environment.  The Navy is pursuing an initiative to develop and acquire new unmanned systems and sensors which will provide new and unique sources of information to support both combat and combat-support missions. 

Focus Questions:
  1. What is the future of the Navy’s ISR family of systems?
  2. How can Industry help achieve Maritime Domain Awareness goals?
  3. How is climate change affecting our ability to understand the physical operating environment?
RADM David Titley, USN
Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy Director, Maritime Domain Awareness and Space


VADM W. Mark Skinner, USN
Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition)


Execution of maritime operations in complex information environments requires knowledgeable, empowered, innovative and decisive leaders, capable of leading a networked maritime force to success in fluid and perhaps chaotic operating environments.  We must recruit, develop and retain a team of world class information professionals that will develop, manage, and employ our information-based capabilities.  To fully realize the Navy’s vision for the future, Navy’s warfighters must fully understand the importance and fragility of its sea-based networks and information-based systems in future warfare. 

Focus Questions:
  1. What are the next steps in the development of the Information Dominance Corps?
  2. How can industry partner with the Navy to develop and train information professionals?
  3. To meet current fiscal challenges, how can Industry augment the Navy’s capabilities and workforce?
RADM William Leigher, USN
Director of Program Integration for Information Dominance


The Navy is strengthening its role as a leader and innovator in the use of information to support all missions outlined in the Naval Operations Concept.  A primary emphasis is on maximizing the value of all available information currently being collected in support of maritime operations in the air, surface, and subsurface domains while ensuring sufficient flexibility exists to fully exploit future Navy, joint, national and coalition sensors currently under development.  The application of combat and operational sensor data, intelligence, oceanography and targeting information is required to execute the full range of maritime missions.

Focus Questions:
  1. What are the next steps in the Navy’s efforts to integrate information from numerous sources for dynamic targeting?
  2. How does the Navy take advantage of commercial technology for delivering assured command and control?
  3. How can automatic baselining help “make-sense” of the vast amounts of data collected in 21st Century warfare?
  4. How can the Navy capitalize on industry technology advancements while minimizing operational impacts and investment costs?
RDML Jan Tighe, USN
Director, Decision Superiority, OPNAV N2N6F4


In addition to using information to maximize support to traditional maritime missions, Navy is moving to employ information itself as a weapon.  Information as warfare is expected to deliver expanded maneuver space for our forces, provide expanded operational and strategic options, and amplify Navy current kinetic combat capabilities.  This includes the direct employment of advanced electronic warfare and cyber capabilities for achieving specific operational effects within the battlespace.

Focus Questions:
  1. How will Navy cyber operations complement existing war fighting capabilities?
  2. What role will non-kinetic cyber warfare have in future operations?
  3. How can industry help the Navy modernize the navy’s electronic warfare capability?
  4. In the current fiscal environment, how is the Navy pursing rapidly developing technological capabilities in electronic warfare and cyber operations?
VADM Michael Rogers, USN
Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet


OPNAV AO said...

How does a Navy person get access to the material the officers are presenting? We don't get to see this stuff and it is what we are supposed to be working on.

Anonymous said...


I do believe you just brought out why these folks consider themselves to be the Information Dominance specialists in today’s Navy.

Very Respectfully,