In the past few years there has been much discussion over how the traditional intelligence (N-2) role on a carrier strike group (CSG) staff has been affected by its realignment under a post-command captain (O-6) Information Warfare (IW) officer as the IW Commander (IWC).1 The March 2019 Proceedings Podcast debate between Captains Cliff Bean and Henry Stephenson invited commentary by CSG N-2s who have operated under the new construct. This is our first-hand insight of the concept in practice to supplement the arguments on both sides of the issue. Based on our observations as CSG N-2s with vastly different workup and deployment experiences, we feel the alignment is working to the advantage of naval intelligence and the broader IW community.
1. Henry Stephenson, “Masters or Jacks? Treating the Information Dominance Corps as a General Warfare Competency Risks Weakening the Skill Sets of Its Specialists.” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 140, no. 10 (October 2014); William R. Bray, “Intelligence is Not Warfare!”, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 142, no. 11 (December 2016); Tony Butera, “Navy Information Warfare Needs More Resources—and Command at Sea,” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 145, no. 1 (January 2019); Henry Stephenson, “Navy Information Warfare: A Decade of Indulging a False Analogy,” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 145, no. 1 (January 2019).