FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (NNS) (NNS) -- Senior Navy information warfare community leaders from across the world came together for the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) Commanders' Operational Summit at Fort Meade, Md., Sept. 5-6.
The conference, hosted by FCC/C10F Commander Vice Adm. Timothy “T.J.” White, provided a rare opportunity for C10F commanders, command master chiefs and members of the FCC/C10F staff to discuss the Fleet’s current and future opportunities and challenges.
“It is our responsibility to deliver operational outcomes every day to the Navy and our Joint partners,” said White. “We will not be weak or timid. We live in a strategic competition, so we must be extremely bold in delivering innovative and timely IW capabilities to exponentially increase our naval combat power.”
The first day focused on White’s operational priorities and the Navy’s current cyber capabilities and readiness architecture. FCC staff also provided an update on the command’s efforts to update the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and progress towards enhancing relationships with joint, interagency and international partnerships. The second day focused on understanding different opportunities and challenges at each of the C10F task forces.
Command master chiefs and senior enlisted leaders held a separate session hosted by Command Master Chief Dee Allen, FCC/C10F command master chief, where they had the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to the enlisted force. Some of the topics included the Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist qualification program, Command Cyber Operational Readiness Inspections, manpower, training, and Sailor resiliency.
“In order to move forward as a community, we as leaders have to have good personal and professional relationships with the other leaders in the domain,” said Command Master Chief Anthony Corey, Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii’s command master chief. “These regularly held conferences are a great opportunity for us to refresh those relationships and come up with solutions to make our community stronger.”
"We need to know the challenges, capabilities and constraints of all our commands to ensure operational effectiveness,” said Capt. James Mills, chief of staff, FCC/C10F. “As one of the operational arms of the Information Warfare (IW) community, we need to be integrated and synchronized to deliver assured command and control, battlespace awareness and integrated fires across all warfighting domains.”
Since its establishment, FCC/C10F has grown into an operational force composed of more than 16,000 Active and Reserve Sailors and civilians organized into 26 active commands, 40 Cyber Mission Force units, and 26 reserve commands around the globe. FCC serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. C10F, the operational arm of FCC, executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.
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