By William Cole
Dec 16, 2010
Their ranks include snoops and sleuths who cull intelligence obtained
from submarines, ships and aircraft, monitor foreign computer traffic,
and work with super-secret organizations such as the National Security
Agency in Kunia.
There are 2,800 Navy intelligence, information warfare,
information/network management, cryptologists and oceanography personnel
on Oahu, and 176 received recognition yesterday for accomplishment in a
relatively new cadre -- the Information Dominance Corps.
The group received prestigious warfare qualification pins on the fantail
of the battleship Missouri in recognition of their certification -- and
elevation in importance on the 21st-century battlefield.
In May, Navy Vice Adm. David Dorsett said in a report that command and
control, networking, data collection and intelligence would be elevated
to a "main battery" in the Navy arsenal.
"Cyberthreat" is the new military buzzword, and Adm. Robert Willard,
head of U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, warned in testimony to the
House Armed Services Committee in March that "U.S. military and
government computer systems continue to be the target of intrusions that
appear to have originated from within the PRC (People's Republic of
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