ALEXANDRIA, Va. (NNS) – Rear Adm. Michael Brookes, the deputy commander of U.S. 10th Fleet (C10F), spoke at a Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) Third Thursday event at Sonoma Cellar in Alexandria, Va., Jan. 17.
The monthly social event, hosted by retired Navy Capt. Bob Allen, NIP programs coordinator, provides current and former associates of the naval intelligence community with an opportunity to connect with other each other and have discussions with a guest speaker in a relaxed informal setting.
January’s event focused on Brookes’ experiences and insights as a former Information Warfare Commander (IWC) and current duties as deputy commander for C10F.
“It’s interesting for the folks that are retired, but I think it’s more important for the junior officers who are trying to envision themselves as the N2 for a strike group or eventually as an IWC for a strike group and understanding what it entails,” said Brookes. “This is a great venue to disavow myths and discuss how it works. I was happy to see the junior guys because this is the message they need to hear. I had a preconception on how they thought about the IWC, and it was interesting to see their curiosity on how the relationship between the IWC and N2 works.”
The event, being informal, was less about Brookes relating his experiences and more about speaking with the audience.
“I was very happy with all the questions that were asked,” said Brookes. “It was a good discussion. The audience participation made it more beneficial to them in that I could answer questions that they had about the IWC construct.”
NIP, founded in 1985, is a nonprofit organization incorporated to enhance awareness of the mission and vital functions of the naval intelligence community, as well as to foster camaraderie among members of NIP. It is an association of active duty, retired and reserve officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians who serve or have served within the Naval Intelligence community, as well as those in certain other categories who qualify.
Since its establishment, FCC/C10F has grown into an operational force composed of more than 14,000 Active and Reserve Sailors and civilians organized into 28 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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