Navy to harden tactical networks, take on new challenges in information warfare and trusted computing

March 11, 2020
Rear Adm. Christian Becker, commander of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, says a mindset change is speeding how data feeds preparedness.

SAN DIEGO – In 2019, Navy officials renamed the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, to handle information warfare and trusted-computing. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

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11 March 2020 -- Information warfare has become a ubiquitous term, particularly in the Navy. Rear Adm. Christian “Boris” Becker, who leads the command, must focus on acquisition of command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), as well as cyber and space. He has served as the organization’s top leader since March 2017.

"We’re still learning and the accuracy [of the] algorithm is somewhere above 65 percent, and that’s only gonna get better and better," Becker says. "Because, of course, for machine learning you’ve gotta have data — the more accurate data, the better data you feed it, the better you can tune the algorithm. So we’re kind of excited by that.

"What is information warfare? You can fit it into three areas: assured command and control; battlespace awareness; and integrated fires. Within those domains, industry plays across the board in delivering capabilities, whether those capabilities are hardware or software," Becker says. "We’ve got to create the architectures that bring that all that together. Industry is right there in the middle of it."

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