Joint U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations are common; however, the two services are a bit disjointed in the information warfare (IW) realm. If properly combined, Navy and Marine Corps’ integrated knowledge and capabilities could be much greater than the sum of their parts.
The services’ maturing IW cadres offer an opportunity to fuse and augment warfighting competences and achieve their vision for integrated naval power. The burgeoning relationship between the Naval Information Warfighting Development Center (NIWDC) in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and the Expeditionary Warfare Training Groups (EWTGs) in Norfolk and San Diego, is an excellent opportunity to build an integrated Navy and Marine Corps IW community.
Combined, NIWDC and EWTG can create experts in each service who work together to solve the most difficult maritime information warfare problems. These individuals can refine tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) at the beginning and intermediate stages of fleet training and then work to introduce complex training throughout the advanced phases to coalesce Navy and Marine Corps IW elements.