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CHIPS Articles: Interview with Director of Operations for Naval Network Warfare Command Rear Admiral Janice M. Hamby

Interview with Director of Operations for Naval Network Warfare Command Rear Admiral Janice M. Hamby
By CHIPS Magazine - October-December 2007
Rear Adm. Janice M. Hamby, Director of Operations (N3) for Naval Network Warfare Command, was promoted to the rank of rear admiral June 1, 2007, at Naval Network Warfare Command headquarters, Norfolk, Va. In this position, Rear Adm. Hamby has responsibility in operational and technical direction of Navy network operations, information operations, signals intelligence and space operations in support of Navy and joint forces mission requirements.

NETWARCOM is the Navy's type commander for information operations, FORCEnet, networks and space. It is the central operational authority for providing ready information warfare forces, which are fully trained, properly manned, interoperable, well-maintained and supported within the Navy.

Hamby is in the Information Professional community with more than 27 years of service. Prior to reporting to NETWARCOM, Hamby served on the Chief of Naval Operations' staff as the FORCEnet Capabilities Assessment Head and FORCEnet Warfare Pillar Deputy. During this tour, Rear Adm. Hamby accepted a temporary assignment as the Director of Knowledge and Information Management on the staff of Multi-National Forces–Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq.

CHIPS spoke with Rear Adm. Hamby at NETWARCOM headquarters July 10, 2007.

CHIPS: It's astounding — the number of users on NETWARCOM networks — more than 700,000. Is security your biggest worry?

Rear Adm. Hamby: It may surprise you that security, in the more traditional sense of looking at network intrusions or viral infections, that kind of security, is not my biggest worry. It certainly is a very important concern for us, and we are working very diligently — not only to harden our network's defense — but to educate our people so that they can be better stewards of the network.

Because we are supporting so many users — and their mission sets are so diverse — my biggest concern is whether or not we are resourced and architected in the most effective manner, so the network is available and we are providing capability for warfighting missions.

Of course, security is a big aspect of that, but I really think that one of the things that we need to be doing as a Navy is drilling in on what we need to use the networks for and articulating that requirement such that it links to the warfighting missions, so we can gain the right level of resources to eliminate single points of failure, [and] to ensure we have the bandwidth capacity, not only meeting the highest priority mission, but that we are also covering lesser included missions, such as logistic missions, business missions, and quality of life missions that support our Sailors' ability to develop themselves whether they are at sea or ashore.

I am concerned about the amount of satellite communications capacity that we have to tie our networks together. I am concerned about our terrestrial paths and limitations that we have in terms of the sheer capacity of the bandwidth. I don't believe we are through the peak of demand on the network, and we are already seeing the capacity being stretched. So if we are going to meet our mission, the part of our mission that is providing the network piece of the information grid, then we need to look at capacity and reliability within the network itself, aside from that security consideration.

Security is a very real concern — but it won't matter much — if we are unable to accomplish our mission because we managed to achieve denial of service simply through the level of demand on the network outpacing its capacity.

CHIPS: Do you think the Navy is moving in the right direction in building the right infrastructure?

Rear Adm. Hamby: I think the Navy is moving in the right direction with things like CARS, Cyber Asset Reduction and Security, which is taking a hard look at how to collapse numerous networks into a more enterprise approach that not only will let

Rear Adm. Janice M. Hamby
Rear Adm. Janice M. Hamby

Rear Adm. Janice Hamby in the Maritime Operations Center with battlewatch captain Lt. Cmdr. Jason Babcock July 10, 2007. The battlewatch monitors all aspects of network operations, network defense, space, and information operations.
Rear Adm. Janice Hamby in the Maritime Operations Center with battlewatch captain Lt. Cmdr. Jason Babcock July 10, 2007. The battlewatch monitors all aspects of network operations, network defense, space, and information operations.
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