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IWTC San Diego Hosts Naval Space Operations Course

by Lt. Patrick C. Rumsey
19 November 2018

Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) San Diego hosted instructors from Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) and Naval Network Warfare Command (NAVNETWARCOM) for an iteration of the Naval Space Operations Course (NSOC), Nov. 14-16. 

The course attracted more than 80 students from commands located throughout the western half of the United States. Recognizing the importance of the information warfare domain, particularly in the medium of space, NAVIFOR and NAVNETWARCOM provide NSOC throughout the world to service members in fleet concentration areas. 

"At IWTC San Diego, our mission is to offer the highest-level training to Navy and joint personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations,” commented Cmdr. Errol Laumann, commanding officer of IWTC San Diego. “Any time we can facilitate impactful training for the fleet, such as hosting the Naval Space Operations Course, to ensure our Sailors can execute operations in today's complex operating environments, we achieve that mission."

The three-day program was originally developed for Navy carrier strike groups, but the audience has expanded to include vast swaths of the information warfare community (IWC) as the need for accessible education on naval operations in the space domain has been recognized by policymakers at every level within the Department of Defense. 

The operationally-focused course is designed to provide students with a broad awareness of the capabilities, limitations, vulnerabilities, threats and applications of both domestic and foreign space systems. The first portion of the class contains core lessons designed to provide foundational knowledge in the space environment and space systems. The second portion enables students to immediately apply course lessons via discussions on naval operations in a contested environment.

“NSOC is a fantastic course that helps to drive IWC professionals to think about the challenges presented by the space environment and sparks hard conversations which the Navy needs to have” offered Capt. Russell Smith, information warfare commander for Carrier Strike Group 9, who attended the course. “This event is a great integrator, and brings together a diverse assortment of contributors to our efforts in space that encompasses experts in both the civilian and military fields.”

IWTC San Diego, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

CIWT is one of the largest of the NETC learning centers with four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan. Training 22,000 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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