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CHIPS Articles: Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course Students Meet Intelligence Community Leaders

Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course Students Meet Intelligence Community Leaders
By Center for Information Warfare Training - February 27, 2018
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course (NIOBC) students with Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach completed a visit to intelligence community (IC) commands within the Washington area, Feb. 5-8.

The visit provided valuable community insight into the expectations of young intelligence officers across the diverse spectrum of intelligence operations, and they were exposed to a variety of commands that they will leverage and communicate with when they enter the community.

The students were able to speak directly to analysts integrated into the IC, receiving insight to concepts taught throughout the 20-week course. The tour visited several commands during the week-long trip that included Aerospace Data Facility – East, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of Naval Intelligence and Defense Intelligence Agency.

Additionally, the students gained direct exposure to the chief of naval operations’ intelligence briefers at the Pentagon and the Office of Naval Intelligence’s staff, supporting global operations and providing a holistic view of naval intelligence.

The scheduled Washington visit is incorporated into the end of the NIOBC curriculum and provides both staff and students with the opportunity to interact with pillars in their community and commands with which they will work in the future. The commands go beyond the typical mission statement brief, providing facility tours, answering in-depth analytical questions, and engaging in community discussion. All members of this exchange leave more enriched and form lasting relationships that will pay dividends in the operational environment.

The NIOBC staff continues to explore new ways to broaden the students experience while in the Washington area. During the most recent visit, the group was afforded the opportunity to speak with the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director for Analysis, Mr. Neil Wiley. He spoke eloquently about the principles of briefing intelligence, reminding students and staff to be objective, shape the battlespace to help guide our leaders, and always do your homework.

Mr. Mark Assur, director, Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence, paid the class a visit and spoke to them about the Navy’s counterintelligence (CI) and human intelligence (HUMINT) missions. Mr. Assur directs and oversees the Navy’s CI, HUMINT, and foreign materiel programs in his role as senior advisor to the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare / director of naval intelligence (OPNAV N2N6), and as a directorate head in the Naval Intelligence Activity.

“The D.C. tour is an integral part of the NIOBC curriculum, providing our newest intelligence officers with context and tools to succeed in today’s challenging environment.” said Cmdr. Andrew Boyden, IWTC Virginia Beach's commanding officer. “We continue to engage the greater intelligence community, creating analyst to analyst linkages, and improving our capability and capacity to deliver relevant and timely intelligence to decision makers and lethality to our adversaries.”

IWTC Virginia Beach, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel, preparing them to conduct information warfare (IW) across the full spectrum of military operations.

IWTC Virginia Beach currently offers 69 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology, and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 290 military, civilian, and contract members who train over 6,300 students every year at five training sites in the Hampton Roads area. It is one of four training commands under Center for Information Warfare Training, and also oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning information warfare community training.

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