For nearly three decades the U.S. Navy was unchallenged in its mastery of the air, expeditionary, sea, undersea, and information domains, but the present age sees the return to great power competition and the rise of near-peer competitors. The next war will be fought with navies operating with reduced, masked, or nonexistent electromagnetic signatures. They will employ innovative deception tactics and cyber operations to confuse adversary decision-making, and seek to detect and target opposing forces with long-range kinetic and non-kinetic attacks. In this battle, victory at sea will go to the side better able to use integrated information warfare (IW) capabilities, specifically operational intelligence (OPINTEL), as the essential advantage over adversaries.
Maximizing the U.S. Navy Operational Intelligence Advantage
By Commander Kenneth T. “Max” Klima, U.S. Navy