What the Unrestricted Line Needs from the IW Community

Given the tremendous appetite for swift and secure information across the maritime domain, the Navy's information warfare (IW) community stands to have an even greater impact on warfighting than naval aviation did in the early to mid-20th century. Although intelligence, cryptologic warfare, meteorology and oceanography, and information professional are long-standing restricted-line communities, their merger more than ten years ago into the IW community to better support the unrestricted line is still maturing. Ideally, the IW community will maximize its relevance by responding to fleet demand signals; achieving comprehensive integration with traditional sensors and kinetic weapons; and promulgating standardized doctrine and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

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