The Cryptologic Warfare Officer Basic Course (CWOBC) formerly known as the Information Warfare Basic Course (IWBC) is an entry level course for all officers, regardless of commission source, who are coming into the Cryptologic Warfare Officer (CWO) community.  Six weeks in length with an annual throughput of 154, the course focuses on Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Warfare (EW) and Cyber Operations as well as security fundamentals and community history.

A Unique Location
 Located on Corry Station, Pensacola Florida, CWOBC is uniquely situated to take advantage of the many resources and missions located on the base.  Listed below are the commands and courses CWOBC has incorporated into each class to ensure students receive the maximum exposure to the CWO community.
  • Department of Homeland Security Visit – Students are escorted into the watch floor to observe actual operations and receive briefings by experts in cyber-security.
  • NIOC Pensacola Visit – Students receive command mission briefings on how the command executes cyberspace operations and SIGINT tasks in support of naval, joint forces and national tasking.
  • Digital Signals Laboratory (DSL) tour – Students observe analysis techniques by enlisted CTR and civilian instructors using various software tools to preform basic and intermediate signals analysis.
  • Joint Cyber Analysis Course (JCAC) tour – Students are escorted into one of the many classrooms/lab where CTN enlisted instructors brief the history and role of the CTN rate, explain cyber warfare and the legal authorities for conducting cyber warfare.
  • Judge Advocate General (JAG) visits – Students receive unique insights and perspectives from JAGs assigned to U.S. Cyber Command, Fleet Cyber Command, Army Cyber Command and Air Force Cyber Command who are specifically trained in cyber operations, FISA and U.S. Code Title 10 and 50 authorities as well as other related subjects.  This unique opportunity is made possible because of the partnership established between CWOBC and the Joint Network Attack Course (JNAC), a USSTRATCOM sponsored course.
  • Operational ELINT (OPELINT) Laboratory tour – Students receive Generic Area Limitation Environment (GALE) demonstrations and associated tools and databases from CTT enlisted instructors.  Instructors provide examples how the OPELINT analyst support national and military requirements.
  • ESHOTS and AN/SLQ-32 antennas and launcher systems tours – Students observe realistic shipboard training scenarios where enlisted CTTs provide indications and warnings and make recommendations to at sea decision makers.   Additionally, students are escorted into the antennas and launcher laboratories where they are briefed on the capabilities and maintenance requirements associated with each system.
  • Nodal Analysis briefings – After lectures in radio wave propagation, students are brought into the nodal analysis classroom to observe CTR enlisted instructors create RF propagation models using the BUILDER tool.  Additionally, instructors provide examples how nodal analysis supports Afloat Commander’s Information Warfare requirements.
  • Tactical Cryptologic Systems tours – Student are escorted into SSEE INC E, INC F and SNOOP system laboratories and are briefed on how each system provides critical tactical intelligence, situational awareness, battlespace awareness, indications and warnings and hostile threat assessment to decision makers.  These briefs are provided by CTR, CTM and civilian instructors.
Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
Inspired by Cryptologic Community Foundational Principles in 2012, CWOBC has developed a network of cooperative partnerships throughout Cryptologic Warfare community.  From VADM Tighe as OPNAV N2/N6 and FCC/C10F to Commanding Officers, Executive Officers, Operations Officers, Training Officers and senior enlisted, these leaders have deliberately and directly engaged CWOBC students. Using VTCs or classroom visits, leaders share their command and community vision, leadership principles, career advice and guidance as well as mission and operational applications to CWOBC students.  Below are the commands/organizations who engage CWOBC students on regular basis.
  • OPNAV N2/N6
  • NIOC Maryland
  • NIOC Georgia
  • NIOC Hawaii
  • NIOC Texas
  • NIOC Colorado
  • NIOC San Diego
  • IWTC Monterey
  • Detailer/OCM
  • TAO
Recently CWOBC started to attend the C10F/FCC Commander’s Update Briefs once per class to give students unique insights into the CW community and how each Commander Task Force/Group interacts and briefs the Operational Commander.


Mario Vulcano