Successfully Integrating Ops, Intel, and Cryptology
By Rear Admiral (Select) Cathal O’Connor, Lieutenant Commander Wolf Melbourne, and Lieutenant Commander Chad Layfield, U.S. Navy
There are many challenges in coordinating and integrating the information-dominance specialties of intelligence, cryptology, meteorology, information ops, and electronic warfare at sea. The Information Dominance Corps (IDC) is methodically working to doctrinally close the integration gaps between specialties to maximize our warfighting ability.
While serving as commodore, staff intelligence officer (N-2), and staff cryptologic resource coordinators (CRCs) in the forward-deployed naval forces in the 7th Fleet, we found that the successful integration of operations, intelligence, and cryptology came from three actions: maintaining a flat command structure in the embarked staff; actively encouraging it through meetings, education, and accountability; and leveraging the embarked Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) detachment’s warfighting capabilities and expertise to train the amphibious ready group/Marine expeditionary unit (ARG/MEU).