Roughead: Newest corps to dominate cyber intel
WASHINGTON — The Navy will reorganize nearly 44,000 jobs and add 1,000 additional positions to a newly created "Information Domination Corps" designed to bring the naval intelligence community, cybersecurity experts and communications specialties under a single command.
The new 10th Fleet, to be headquartered at Fort Meade in Maryland, also will include related information specialties such as meteorology and oceanography, naval officials said. Details on the new chain of command and possible moves of sailors are expected to be announced in coming months.
At a speech before industry and naval leaders Thursday, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead billed the reorganization as a needed change to keep the service on the cutting edge of not just cyber warfare but information sharing throughout the military.
"Between the United States and other navies around the world, I’m comfortable with the capability gap in the areas of ships, aircraft and submarines," he said. "But cyberspace is a much more contested space. The question has been, ‘Do we enjoy that same gap there?’ We must be prepared for it."
Roughead added he believes the changes will make the fleet’s cyber command a leader in the broader U.S. Cyber Command, especially as the Army and Marine Corps continue to focus on immediate operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Changes will include consolidating the director of naval intelligence, the deputy chief of naval operations, and several other information capability commanders under a newly created deputy chief who will report directly to Roughead.
Vice Adm. Jack Dorsett, current director of naval intelligence and nominee for the new position, said most of the work of the new command won’t focus on developing new capabilities but instead better organizing and using existing data, networks and tools.
"What we’ve learned from Iraq and Afghanistan is that there is an unquenchable thirst for information," he told reporters. "We see the lesson as the need for an environment of increased availability of data, and a need for people to make sense of it.
"While we’re adequately positioned for today, we don’t believe that we’re well positioned for the future."
In addition, Dorsett said that the new command will look to recruit more cyber specialists in the future, to better react to emerging online threats and network needs.
Filling those posts will be difficult, he conceded, but officials are already eyeing offering the new recruits shorter tours or job development opportunities with private industry along with a traditional bonus and specialty pay approach.
Roughead emphasized the need to protect U.S. networks but downplayed the risk posed by hackers in countries like Russia and China. Better systems and data sharing will help foster better relationships with foreign governments, he said.
However, Dorsett did not rule out offensive operations from the new cyber specialists, if U.S. Cyber Command officials determine the need for such an approach.
The 1,000 new positions will not affect the service's end strength, but instead will come from elimination or conversion of other service specialties.