Information warfare’s role in the National Defense Strategy
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare & Director of Naval Intelligence Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, discusses ‘informationalized warfare,’ and how it transcends across all the Navy’s domains.
Leveraging data is a key part of the National Defense Strategy, and every military branch is doing their part. The Navy’s “informationalized warfare” is prioritizing high tech solutions for the Navy’s operations. Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare & Director of Naval Intelligence Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, says that the growing power competition has reenergized development in the area.
“Information has always been important in warfare. But the National Defense Strategy is very clear on the challenges we are facing in this great power competition. Included in those challenges is a rapid progression of technology and the adoption of technology. That includes the informationalized environment. The Navy organized around that ten years ago…” Kohler said. “…we have been on a path for ten years and that is including additional organizations that we’ve in place; navy information forces, to ensure that the forces are ready, and fully ready to fight, as well as our warfighting development center. Our ‘Top Gun’ of information warfare, for advanced warfighting training and skills. I believe we are well organized to get after and lead this information warfare challenge. ”
Kohler said that the Navy needs to stay prepared for any conflict, and cyber readiness is key to that effort.
“We need to be fully trained and ready for the high-end conflict. Yet we spend a lot of time to the left of that high-end conflict in day-to-day operations. In the discussions that we are seeing in the Design 2.0 really get after that.” Kohler said. “Information warfare cuts across all the warfare areas. We would consider ourselves in that type of contact now in areas like [electromagnetic waves], cyberspace, that competitive space that our adversaries that are operating in now.”