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Company: U.S. Navy Reserve

Location: San Bernardino, CA

Date Posted: December 26, 2014

Source: U.S. Navy Reserve

Information Warfare Officers are directly involved in every aspect of Naval operations – delivering information to decision makers by attacking, defending and exploiting networks to capitalize on vulnerabilities in the information domain. As an IWO, you will employ a thorough understanding of sensors and weapons, strategy and tactics, as well as national systems’ capabilities and limitations. This role may include:

* Collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting  realtime signal intelligence
* Conducting computer network operations
* Developing and acquiring cuttingedge exploitation and defense systems
* Planning and delivering information warfare effects during exercises and operations
* Leading Information Dominance personnel across a variety of military operations
* Overseeing the work of Cryptologic Technicians – Enlisted Sailors (no degree required) who serve as specialists in cryptology

Navy information professional (IP) leads a Naval network warfare mission.



Information Warfare Officers are directly involved in every aspect of Naval operations – delivering information to decision makers by attacking, defending and exploiting networks to ...
Information Warfare Officers are directly involved in every aspect of Naval operations – delivering information to decision makers by attacking, defending and exploiting networks to capitalize on vulnerabilities in the information domain. As an IWO, you will employ a thorough understanding of sensors and weapons, strategy and tactics, as well as national systems’ capabilities and limitations. This role may include:

* Collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting  realtime signal intelligence
* Conducting computer network operations
* Developing and acquiring cuttingedge exploitation and defense systems
* Planning and delivering information warfare effects during exercises and operations
* Leading Information Dominance personnel across a variety of military operations
* Overseeing the work of Cryptologic Technicians – Enlisted Sailors (no degree required) who serve as specialists in cryptology

Navy information professional (IP) leads a Naval network warfare mission.



Information Warfare Officers are directly involved in every aspect of Naval operations – delivering information to decision makers by attacking, defending and exploiting networks to capitalize on vulnerabilities in the information domain. As an IWO, you will employ a thorough understanding of sensors and weapons, strategy and tactics, as well as national systems’ capabilities and limitations. This role may include:

* Collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting  realtime signal intelligence
* Conducting computer network operations
* Developing and acquiring cuttingedge exploitation and defense systems
* Planning and delivering information warfare effects during exercises and operations
* Leading Information Dominance personnel across a variety of military operations
* Overseeing the work of Cryptologic Technicians – Enlisted Sailors (no degree required) who serve as specialists in cryptology

Navy information professional (IP) leads a Naval network warfare mission.



Information Warfare Officers assume critically important duties both afloat and ashore. This may include:

* Rotating between sea, shore and educational tours
* Serving at one of the National Security Agency Cryptologic Centers
* Serving aboard ships, submarines and aircraft
* Supporting of Naval Special Warfare
* Serving anywhere from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon

Vice Admiral Michael Rogers explains the work of the 10th Fleet in America's Navy and it's unique combination of traditional maritime presence and advanced technological capabilities.



Serving parttime as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Information Warfare Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

For annual training, IWOs may serve anywhere in the world, whether on ships, submarines or aircraft, or anywhere on land from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.



Those pursuing an Information Warfare Officer position are required to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, R.I. Upon completion, they attend an eightweek IW Basic Course of instruction in Pensacola, Fla. – learning the fundamentals of everything from Electromagnetic Theory to Tactical Cryptology to Signals Intelligence Reporting.

IWOs must complete specific qualifications as part of their training during Fleet tours and are expected to pursue advanced education opportunities. Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.



Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.

Information Warfare Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.



For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.



Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Information Warfare Officers can advance their education by:

* Participating in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) Degree Program
* Pursuing opportunities at institutions such as Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or Navy War College (NWC)
* Completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various service colleges

Postgraduate education is important to the success of the Information Warfare Officer. Many IWOs will complete a master’s degree in one of the following: electrical engineering, cyber systems and operations, computer science, or space systems.



Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Information Warfare Officers can advance their education by:

* Participating in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) Degree Program
* Pursuing opportunities at institutions such as Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or Navy War College (NWC)
* Completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various service colleges

Postgraduate education is important to the success of the Information Warfare Officer. Most IWOs will complete a master’s degree in one of the following: electrical engineering, cyber systems and operations, computer science, or space systems.



A fouryear degree from a regionally accredited institution is required to work as an Information Warfare Officer. The degree must be in a technical field, preferably in one of the following: information systems, electrical engineering, computer engineering, information operations, computer science, systems engineering, general engineering.

All candidates must also be: U.S. citizens, willing to serve worldwide, eligible for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance, and qualified for sea duty.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

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A fouryear degree from a regionally accredited institution is required to work as an Information Warfare Officer. The degree must be in a technical field, preferably in one of the following: information systems, electrical engineering, computer engineering, information operations, computer science, systems engineering, general engineering.

All candidates must also be: U.S. citizens, willing to serve worldwide, eligible for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance, and qualified for sea duty.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

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