VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Twenty Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course (NIOBC) students from Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach visited multiple intelligence commands during visit to Washington, June 24-27.
The trip provided valuable insight into the expectations of junior intelligence officers across not only the intelligence community, but also within the information warfare community. The students were able to ask questions and have analytic conversations with subject matter experts while leveraging the information taught throughout the NIOBC 20-week course.
The tour included Aerospace Data Facility-East, Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of Naval Intelligence, and Defense Intelligence Agency. Additionally, the students gained exposure to the chief of naval operations intelligence briefers at the Pentagon and the Office of Naval Intelligence staff, supporting global operations and providing a holistic view of naval intelligence.
The tour, scheduled at the end of each NIOBC iteration, provides students with the opportunity to interact within all aspects of the intelligence community and commands they will work with in the future. Each command visited provides an overview of their mission, facility tours, in-depth analytical discussion and answers questions about the community. The students leave this exchange with a better understanding of how the intelligence community can support the operational environment and how to communicate with them when as they enter the community.
“Thank you to these commands for supporting our training, and this tour is an indispensable part of NIOBC by providing our new intelligence officers with background and tools to succeed in today’s ever changing environment,” said Cmdr. Richard Bosworth, IWTC Virginia Beach’s commanding officer.
IWTC Virginia Beach, located in Dam Neck Annex, currently offers 65 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology, and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 280 military, civilian, and contractors who train over 6,500 students every year. It is one of four schoolhouses for Center for Information Warfare Training and oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning information warfare community training.
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 three 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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