PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Jeff Scheidt, commander of Naval Information Warfighting Development Center (NIWDC), visited the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) and Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station to review information warfare (IW) training initiatives and discuss current and future training for the Navy’s rapidly changing IW missions, capabilities and roles, Jan. 17.
This was Scheidt’s first visit to CIWT since taking the helm of NIWDC in August 2018. Scheidt’s visit also offered an opportunity to update him on the latest force development approaches for building a talented fleet through initiatives, such as Ready, Relevant Learning, that take recruits from "street to fleet" and transform civilians into highly skilled, operational, and combat-ready warfighters.
Established in early 2017, NIWDC is one of 88 commands under Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR). Similar to other warfighting development centers, NIWDC's mission includes training and assessing information warfare forces in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures at the individual, unit, integrated or advanced, and joint levels, ensuring alignment with the information warfare training continuum.
Scheidt began the visit with CIWT Commanding Officer Capt. Nick Andrews, where Andrews discussed the scale of training CIWT offers from rating-specific enlisted apprentice to cyber warfare to officer development courses.
"Rear Adm. Scheidt's visit was a great opportunity to accelerate top-level discussions on how we continue to transform the development and delivery of the right training at the right time in the right way for our information warriors," shared Andrews. "The CIWT team is committed to help modernize the IW community's career-long learning continuum, while directly supporting the fleet's high-end warfighting capabilities and readiness."
Scheidt then led an IW training roundtable discussion with various CIWT and IWTC Corry Station leaders and subject matter experts. Topics ranged from revolutionizing IW training to reinforcing accountability and professionalism to measuring competence in a more direct way.
“It's imperative that we improve our skill development model. As advanced capabilities are developed, our crews need instruction and practice venues that can accelerate readiness generation to the levels needed for great power competition. Getting more from our capability investment means ensuring our operators are well prepared—in skills and mindset,” said Scheidt. “Collaboration between CIWT, Information Warfare Training Group, NIWDC, and NAVIFOR N7 is the best way to ensure a coherent IW training continuum delivering the greatest combat power.”
Other events throughout the day included lab tours and virtual training environment discussions about the Ship's Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F and AN/SLQ-32(V)6 electronic warfare systems; lunch with enlisted students at the base galley; an overview of the Cryptologic Warfare Officer Basic (CWOBC) and Cryptologic Resource Coordinator (CRC) courses; a meeting and discussion with CWOBC students; a meeting and discussion with CRC and Afloat Cryptologic Manager course students; and meeting and discussion with IWTC Corry Station signals intelligence personnel.
During the visit with the CWOBC students, Scheidt challenged the junior officers to become the best officers and leaders within their commands.
“We must be creative, innovative and fully prepared to fight and win in this ‘great power competition’ era,” said Scheidt. “We are equipping you with the skills to create warfighting options for fleet commanders, and we must always be accountable for our readiness. Our business is about defeating adversary decision-making while maximizing Naval lethality.”
Scheidt completed the visit with a wrap-up discussion with Andrews, where they covered a variety of initiatives to work toward.
“The thoughtful innovation underway at CIWT is impressive. Strengthening the linkages between basic and advanced training methods will magnify the value of available resources. CIWT instructors are setting a solid foundation for new Sailors. The deliberate emphasis on technical strength, professionalism, and warfighting ethos is a great way to prepare innovative IW leaders at all paygrades,” added Scheidt.
With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning center for the past two years. Training over 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community.
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