Navy sets up a network command

Navy sets up a network command

In June, a new Navy command will begin overseeing all the service's networks, information operations and space activities. The Naval Network Warfare Command will be at the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Va. Navy Secretary Gordon England authorized NETWARCOM early this month, a Navy spokeswoman said.

Lt. Brauna Carl said the NETWARCOM commander will have charge of the Naval Network and Space Operations Command in Dahlgren, Va., the Fleet Information Warfare Center in Norfolk and the Navy Component Task Force Computer Network Defense in Washington. Other commands will report to the head of NETWARCOM for fleet support matters.

Carl said the Navy has fleet commanders for surface ships, submarines and airplanes. Now NETWARCOM will push the leadership concept out to end-to-end IT operations management. No commander has been selected yet.

The Navy's announcement said that formation of the new command 'shows the Navy's recognition that networks, as warfare enablers, are becoming increasingly important.'

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