By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne Metzger WASHINGTON
CNO Speaks to Electronic
Warfare and Information Operations Professionals
By Chief Mass Communication
Specialist Julianne Metzger.
Washington D.C. -- October 30, 2013 -- (NNS)
-- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert was the keynote
speaker at a national electronic warfare convention held in D.C. Oct. 29.
The Association of Old Crows (AOC), which hosted the event,
is a non-profit organization that promotes all aspects of electronic warfare
within the Department of Defense and Industry.
CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks at the 50th Annual Association of Old Crows
Speaking to more than 500 military and civilian electronic
warfare and information operations professionals, Greenert discussed how the
Navy is focused on the electromagnetic spectrum and cyber warfare in the coming
"We're using the electromagnetic spectrum as a domain and as
a means, and we understand and grasp it," said Greenert. "We have to figure out
how we can beat things electronically first. Why do we spend all this money
kinetically if we can jam, spoof or do otherwise?"
Greenert outlined the Navy's approach to this emerging domain
in a series of three steps; the first step being cultivating more awareness of
the electromagnetic and cyber warfare environment.
"We've got to get a better awareness of our environment out
there, we need to know what normal is," said Greenert. "We've brought all these
networks in and we know when there is a change, but is the status quo the
normal? The other is finding out what our electronic signature is on all our
Greenert also stressed that commands need to remain vigilant
in their cyber hygiene.
"Are you changing your passwords frequently, are you keeping
thumb drives off your computers and are you doing the proper monitoring?"
Greenert stressed the importance of agility in regards to the
electromagnetic spectrum and cyber warfare, using such assets as strike
packages, developing radars than can use alternate frequencies and assembling
"We've got to evolve this paradigm," said Greenert. "We need
to prepare the fleet to enact an electronic warfare plan the same way they think
of a communications or surface warfare plan."
Greenert also described the expansion of Navy training to
develop cyber warriors for the future at the Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate
School and Corry Station Naval Technical Training Center.
Likening cyber warriors to jedis, Greenert said, "We want to
work faster to develop our cyber warriors."
"We're going to have to teach our people to understand the
value of this spectrum and cyber," said Greenert. "We just need to break out of
our training techniques. The Naval Postgraduate School to me is where we need to
send officers and some select enlisted to become theoretical experts on this
Closing his remarks and following question and answer
session, Greenert reiterated his commitment to exploring the electromagnetic
spectrum and cyber warfare. He emphasized that this one of his four focus areas
is very critical and something he would be working on for the rest of his