Station HYPO is honored to host the following message from VADM Tighe.
11 MAR 2016 — Eighty-one years ago today, the first unified organization coordinating Navy Cryptology, the Communications Security Group, was established. From Station HYPO, OP-20-G, and the On the Roof Gang, to the present day, our community has continued to evolve to meet and defeat the threats we face.
The transition of the Information Dominance Corps to the Information Warfare Community in concert with the CNO’s Design for Maritime Superiority has given us another opportunity to formalize our evolution, and to deliberately examine our community identity. A great deal of our heritage can be traced to the Naval Security Group, and our collective identification as Navy Cryptologists.
To that end, and based on thoughtful input from the affected members of our community, the name of some of our Officer designators (181X, 681X, 781X) will be changing to Cryptologic Warfare Officer. This choice honors our cryptologic heritage, reflects what we do, recognizes the military effects we deliver in the converged domain, and more closely ties our officer corps with our enlisted and civilian force counterparts. Cryptologic Warfare Officers together with Cyber Warfare Engineers, Cyber Warrant Officers, Cryptologic Technicians (Interpretive, Maintenance, Networks, Collection, and Technical) and Civilians engaged in Cryptologic Missions are a unified community: unified through understanding, unified in action, and unified by name.
We are Navy Cryptologists.
Whether we are executing mission under Joint Commanders, Fleet Commanders, DIRNSA, or the Commander, USCYBERCOM; and whether significant portions of our missions are organized under Communications Security Group, Naval Security Group, Naval Network Warfare Command, or today’s Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet, we have our own enduring identity, culture, and ethos.
We are the Navy Cryptologic Community.
On behalf of Maritime and Joint Commanders, we execute Cryptologic Warfare, which encompasses Signals Intelligence, Cyberspace Operations, and Electronic Warfare Operations in order to deliver effects through sea, air, land, space, and cyber domains at all levels of war.
As a symbol of what we do, I would also like to share with you our new Navy Cryptologic Community seal. While not a representative of a Navy organization or command in the traditional sense, this seal represents our own rich heritage, who we are, and where we are going. It represents us.
The Naval Officer crest and our Cryptologic Technician insignia, with its lightning bolt and quill, represent and respect our long history. These symbols have stood from the earliest days of our community to the present day.
The binary background overlaid on the globe represents our part in the larger Information Warfare Community, whose seal shares the same symbolism, as well as our core expertise in cyber, along with our global reach.
The skeleton key reminds us that we are relied upon to unlock and solve puzzles, and in many cases find missing pieces to paint a complete picture of our Nation’s adversaries. The key is engraved with the date symbolic of our collective establishment as a naval profession: 11 MAR 1935.
The chain binds us all together — Officer, Enlisted, and Civilian — and binds our core missions — SIGINT, Cyber, and EW — to us, and us to them. The three stars also symbolize these three core missions. Through the converged domain, we enable and deliver effects to the Commander and fellow warfighters.
Our Community Vision, an update to our 2012 Foundational Principles, is also under construction and I will share it with you as soon as it is complete.
Please join me in embracing this next evolution of our community, which has stood on the shoulders of giants, both seen and unseen. Today, you who serve in the Navy Cryptologic Community will be those giants upon whom future generations of Navy Cryptologists stand.
11 March 2016 at 12:22
Is this really how this is going to be disseminated?
11 March 2016 at 12:37
Anon 0722 – Only part of the comms plan. What else are you hoping for?
11 March 2016 at 12:52
Just the first way. It will also go out via NPC and other official channels.
11 March 2016 at 13:36
This is a great, succinct message on our new name, our mission and where we are going. I like the logo with all its symbolism, too. A lot of thought went into it. Who worked on it by the way?
11 March 2016 at 14:00
I like it and I think we needed to go back and relate to our enlisted CT's. This was a good choice and most of the Navy still looks to us as Crypies!
11 March 2016 at 15:01
“deliver effects through sea, air, land, space, and cyber domains…”
— Has the EMS as a domain discussion ended?
— Also curious if there is word on renaming of the NIOC's? I had heard mentioned NIWAs? Or go old school and go back to NSGAs?
11 March 2016 at 15:10
How about Naval Cryptologic Command, (Location)?
11 March 2016 at 15:37
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11 March 2016 at 15:37
Excellent acknowledgement of our heritage and the world before us. Bravo Zulu!
11 March 2016 at 15:39
It has been a great journey since we disestablished CNSG and began to take our rightful place among the other warfare specialties. We have been very fortunate to have great minds and strategic thinkers at the helm of our community keeping us relevant. Glad to be a Crypie and part of the history!
11 March 2016 at 16:25
It's good to see the alignment across the boards for our community. I am enjoying the new designation and name change.
11 March 2016 at 17:23
Don't suppose that we can complete the circle and go to 161X/644X/744X?
11 March 2016 at 17:37
Finally. It's about durn time.
11 March 2016 at 17:38
Finally. It's about durn time.
11 March 2016 at 21:34
Namesake aside, I think we missed the opportunity to properly identify our relationship with Information Operations. In this accelerated Cyber environment where everyone is “connected”, Information Operations is more important then anytime before.
11 March 2016 at 21:41
AGREED. Did any of them have any input or was it just officer decided and designed as with all other things?
12 March 2016 at 01:38
i still stand firmly as the initial advocate to change the NIOC command names as well. Since we are committed to change obviously (community, designator, designator name, IW definition) why stop short of a change that is much needed?
I recommend we keep pushing to better align our NIOCs with the Information Warfare Community (IWC). Now that we have defined our IW role, changed our designator, and have a cool logo, perhaps we should look at what our Navy IO Commands really do. Wont take long to realize that NIOCs do mulch more IW (especially with the new definition) than they do IO (with Norfolk and NIODs the exception).
RECOMMENDATION: rename our NIOCs to better fit what we do, and more so what the Fleet thinks we do. We have a perfect name on the shelf from our cryppie days past. A place that became a NIOC and is now known as NCWDG was once known as Navy Information Warfare Activity (NIWA).
If we are truly resolute to better align IW with the Fleet and the CNO's strategy for EMMW and IW, then it's the right move that makes sense.
12 March 2016 at 03:29
Boy, I'd like that on a hat!
12 March 2016 at 15:59
A retired 05 mustang who knows what were important become important again. We learn from history and cryptology is a very important part of Navy history. BZ
13 March 2016 at 20:05
Great collaboration. Proud to have been part of this all of my adult life. It remains a part of my life today.
13 March 2016 at 23:05
My son, a painter, was painting the house of a retired CTR (SS). I asked if he were a member of the NCVA? His response: I'm only 45 years old and doesn't want to hang out with a bunch of old “sardines”. My response to him was: We're the ones that set the example for the “minnows”. And you wonder how we can increase the membership of the NCVA – THEIR mindset needs to be adjusted.
14 March 2016 at 01:08
“The skeleton key reminds us that we are relied upon to unlock and solve puzzles…” indeed. There highest res logo I've found so far is http://navylive.dodlive.mil/files/2016/03/logo.jpg if that helps anyone.
5 April 2016 at 02:19
This is wonderful for our Navy. I tip my chapeau to VADM Tighe. I’m fairly detached from these matters anymore yet the feedback that I’ve seen/heard on this article is unanimously welcoming, albeit mostly viewed through a lens of nostalgia for identity reborn – an affair of the heart per say. But, there is so much more to this and it’s all good for the Navy. The real beauty will be the rebound in naval readiness that I believe it will spark. When I left our Navy circa 2012, naval cryptology, key and critical in all operations, was nearly lost in the fog of cyber. (Heck, cyber was nearly lost in the fog of cyber as the Navy worldview cast it simply as networks and measured performance simply by defense, but that’s another story.) Rejoining the cryptologic name with the community is, I think, a wise and calculated strategic communication outreach that will ultimately rejoin and reinvigorate cryptologic warfare throughout the Navy, increasing readiness on the full spectrum of operations at all levels of war.
“Cryptologic Warfare,” two words most elegantly and accurately joined. Beautiful. The art and science of cryptology is warfare and always has been, yet for way too long we timidly and incorrectly self-identified as “support to the warfighter.” Such locution I hope eternally proscribed. Ship/aircraft equipment with SIGINT/Cyber or EW attack capability should be viewed in the equipment and ordnance pillars for DRRS-N reporting. Why not? They drive effects in a warfighting domain just like traditional kinetic weapons do in theirs. This was pushed, yet little traction made. Hopefully things have progressed.
The true beauty of VADM Tighe’s article/action is what the Navy, and not just the cryptologic community of then and now, gets out of it!
Now it's back to fishing in NC.
2 May 2016 at 13:06
Heritage is a strong motivator for newly minted Cryptologists, be they Enlisted or Officer. CNET might consider adding this “Evolution of Navy Cryptology” guest-post by VADM Tighe to all of CNET's Cryptologic Training and Education welcome packages. It would set the right tone, and would continue to develop the deep esprit de corps that has existed among Navy cryptologists since the founding of our community on March 11th, 1935.
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