Harnessing Information Technology for Navy Command and Control
By Vice Admiral Mark Edwards, U.S. Navy
Information technology is an enabling force for the CNO's top priorities: sustain combat readiness, build a Fleet for the future, and develop 21st-century leaders. These are challenging goals, and if the Navy is to achieve them, communication networks and other IT are essential. A year ago, the CNO realigned the OPNAV structure and established a three-star Deputy CNO for Communication Networks (N6). I am privileged to lead N6.
The N6 charter is to optimize Navy network and communications investments through centralized coordination of warfighting and support analysis/assessments, network capability development and integration, and development and resource programming for Joint and Navy planning. Serving as the Deputy Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (Navy), the new N6 also coordinates net-centric policy so that Navy forces have an information advantage. This involves planning, governance, requirements integration, and investment direction.