Navy focuses IT training on info ops
- By Bob Brewin
- Jan 25, 2000
The Navy has revamped its training program for information technology
technicians and officers, focusing on the skills required to conduct
network-centric warfare and information operations.
The Navy also has started developing basic computer training for all
non-IT enlisted and officer personnel, according to a message from Rear
Adm. Richard Mayo, the Navy's director of command, control and
The new Communications, Information Systems and Networks training
program begins with a basic information systems technician school with a
curriculum focused on the commercial technologies used in Navy projects
such as the joint Pacific and Atlantic Fleet Information Technology for
the 21st Century.
A new journeyman school will offer a network security vulnerability
course designed to produce IT professionals with the skills needed to
protect and defend networks.
Mayo's organization — along with the National Security Agency and its
Navy counterpart, the Naval Security Group — have formed a partnership
to offer courses "vital to Information Age operations," according to the
Navy-wide message Mayo sent Jan. 21.
The Navy also has set up an "IT University" in conjunction with
Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va., to train graduates of the
basic course. The new broad-based training program includes mobile
training teams with new curriculum for Fleet units and more than 300
World Wide Web-based courses for Navy and Marine IT professionals.
Mayo's message said that the Navy's deployment of networks and IT
continues at "a remarkable pace" which requires "robust training
activity at all levels to ride this bow wave."