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CHIPS Articles: New Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence Assumes Command

New Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence Assumes Command
By CHIPS Magazine - July 2, 2018
Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence was relieved by Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler, most recently commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), on Friday, June 29 in the Pentagon.

The occasion was followed by a retirement ceremony for Tighe at the U.S. Naval Academy, celebrating the culmination of a long career of distinguished naval leadership.

Adm. Bill Moran, vice chief of Naval Operations, served as the presiding officer for the retirement ceremony.

“Today we celebrated VADM Jan Tighe's 34 years of stellar service to our Nation, Navy, and IW Community in a very fitting and well attended retirement ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy. Her contributions will be felt for many years to come, and her tenacious pursuit of excellence will motivate us as we continue to advance Navy warfighting,” Kohler wrote in an email to Information Warfare Community leadership – requesting widest dissemination of his remarks to peers and subordinates.

Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe

Prior to assuming the duties of Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence, Tighe served as commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/commander U.S. 10th Fleet; U.S. Cyber Command deputy J3; director, Decision Superiority in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare; interim president of the Naval Postgraduate School; and deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/commander U.S. 10th Fleet.

From November 2012 through October 2013, Tighe served as the president of the Naval Postgraduate School and is recognized with leading the university during a challenging time, taking over just after the release of a Naval Inspector General report that led to extraordinary change, according to a NPS release.

Tighe was presented with the NPS Hall of Fame medal – honoring her momentous service to the nation, the Navy and NPS – at the Spring Quarter Graduation ceremony held in King Auditorium, June 15, for which she was the guest commencement speaker, NPS said.

Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler

Kohler assumed command of Naval Information Forces in October 2014. He is credited with steadfastly establishing the Navy as a leader in information warfighting within the Department of Defense, according to a NAVIFOR release.

Commissioned as a naval intelligence officer through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1984, Kohler has served in fleet, interagency, and combatant command leadership positions as an information warfare officer. He is the recipient of the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award.

Kohler was relieved as NAVIFOR commander by Vice Adm. Brian B. Brown in a ceremony June 15 at the Department of Defense complex, Suffolk, Virginia.

Kohler is the 67th Director of Naval Intelligence.

Taking IW capabilities to the fight

“I am honored to relieve VADM Tighe as the DCNO for Information Warfare, the Director of Naval Intelligence and Information Warfare Community Leader. I look forward to continuing the candid and collaborative environment that has been essential to all that we do. Our Navy and Nation deserve the best we can deliver, and the demand for IW continues to grow,” Kohler wrote.

“I am very optimistic about the future of our community — to include those in uniform, both active and reserve, and our civilians, and the critical role we will play in both the current and future great power competition in the maritime environment. It has never been more clear that the strength of our Navy, and the lethality of our naval combat power are tied directly to the strength of Navy Information Warfare,” Kohler stated.

Known for encouraging fleet and IW Community feedback, Kohler concluded his message with a request for active participation in advancing and bringing together the people and capabilities that span the wide range of information warfare, in which he serves as lead. This effort includes the integration of the Navy's communications, networks, intelligence, oceanography, meteorology, cryptology, electronic warfare, cyberspace and space communities and operations to promote and enable warfighter speed, agility and lethality.

“I look forward to hearing your thoughts and recommendations for continued growth of our warfighting capabilities,” Koehler wrote.

Editor’s Note: Another change in IW leadership took place when Vice Adm. Timothy White assumed command of Fleet Cyber June 18. White was most recently the commander of the Cyber National Mission Force, one of three headquarters elements of U.S. Cyber Command responsible for defending the nation against increasingly hostile cyber threats. White relieved Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, who has been selected as the director of operations on the Joint Staff.

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