Give Information Personnel More Training and Credibility
By Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Interpretive James Murphy, U.S. Navy
The field of information operations (IO) continues to develop—and is critical to contemporary warfighting. It is a decisive component of all phases of warfare; as Admiral Mike Mullen said, "In some conflicts, information and non-kinetic means may prevail."1 IO requires a trained workforce, qualified to dominate the information space. If we establish a rigorous Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist program (EIWS), this will provide the training and recognition that cryptologic and information systems technicians deserve, and it will provide the IO community with Sailors who are better prepared for this specialty.