Navy creates network command

The Navy has created a new command with responsibility for all Navy information technology networks, information operations and space requirements.

Navy Secretary Gordon England authorized the creation of the Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM), earlier this month, Navy officials said. The command is scheduled to officially begin operations by June.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Brauna Carl said that the creation of the command is a realization of how critical networks are to the Navy's mission and how essential they are to the sailor's ability to fight.

The reorganization is the result of a two-year review and will enable the Navy to have the necessary leadership, common strategy, and means to integrate requirements and oversee network and space operations, Navy officials said.

The creation of the Naval Network Warfare Command will enable the Navy to align the various staffs needed to support the concept of one naval network and to support that network's end-to-end operational management, Navy officials said in a statement.

Carl said that the Navy Marine Corps Intranet would come under NETWARCOM as the sites are rolled out across Navy's shore-based sites.

The Navy has commanders for various platforms such as ships and submarines. This puts networks on a similar footing, Carl said.

Senior officers will lead NETWARCOM, but the command's leader has not yet been named.

Several commands will be brought under the central operational authority of the Naval Network Warfare Command, Navy officials said. These include:

* Naval Network and Space Operations Command in Dahlgren, Va.

* Fleet Information Warfare Center in Norfolk, Va.

* Navy Component Task Force Computer Network Defense in Washington, D.C.

The Naval Network and Space Operations Command will be created by combining the existing Naval Space Command and the Naval Network Operations Command. That will take place at the same time that NETWARCOM is established.

Meanwhile, the Commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command will report for additional duties to the NETWARCOM commander for matters related to fleet support and execution-year requirements.

The Commander of the Naval Security Group Command will serve additional duties as the NETWARCOM director of Information Operations.

The new command will be headquartered at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Va.

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