From IDC to IWC



Between 2007 and 2008, the Entry Level Information Warfare Officer Course (ELIWOC) name changed to the Information Warfare Basic Course (IWBC).  Along with the name change, the course received a major curriculum revision delivered exclusively by contractors.  

Although the length of the course was kept to eight weeks, the course was now divided into two areas.  The first two weeks were considered the core portion that included IW and IP officer students.  After the two weeks, IW officers would continue their six weeks in IWBC and IP officers would go on to their two week Information Professional Basic Course (IPBC).  This was a direct result of the creation of the Information Dominance Corps (IDC) that would be officially established in 2009.  The new IWBC now incorporated approximately 30 percent of the curriculum that focused on Information Operation (IO).


By 2009, just before C10F was established, the IDC was beginning to mature.  This new organization was designed to bring the IW Officers, Intelligence Officers, Information Professionals (IP) Officers and Meteorological Officers under one organization to “elevate information as a main battery of Naval warfighting capabilities.”

On January 29, 2010 Commander Tenth Fleet (C10F) was established and assumed responsibility of the mission and personnel that was commanded by Naval Network Warfare Command (NNWC).

With new leadership, vision and command structure, the navy cryptologic community deliberately snapped back to the fundamental principles of cryptology and announced the following mission statement: “Our expertise is knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum and network, which we apply to our core missions of SIGINT, CNO, and EW to create time and deliver effects to optimize Military solutions in support of commanders’ objectives.”  The community further stated they “will continue to support the military’s need for Military Deception, Operations Security, and Military Information Support Operations, while strengthening the unique and valuable skill sets that our core competencies bring to the Navy and to the Joint fight.”  In this statement IO clearly was going to be a supported objective and SIGINT, CNO (cyber), and Electronic Warfare the primary missions.


In 2010, IWBC staff started to adjust and add course content by reducing the footprint of IO and increasing the fundamentals in core mission as stated as well as inviting community leaders into the classroom via video teleconferences (VTCs) to discuss vision, mission and leadership principles.   Between 2010 and 2015, IWBC changed approximately 60 percent of the course content to reflect the 1018 PQS 100 series line-items.

In 2015, the core portion of the IWBC/IPBC was converted into a three week Information Dominance Basic Course (IDBC) and moved to Dam Neck VA where all IDC officers attend.

On January 5, 2016 Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson released “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority.” The document emphasizes “information IN warfare” and “information AS warfare” and demands the delivery of information warfare as a critical capability of the Navy’s mission sets.  Following this announcement, on February 2, 2016 IDC was redesignated as the Information Warfare Community, keeping the five officer designators in the IW community.


February 9, 2016, after Admiral Richardson’s announcement, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence Vice Admiral Ted Branch replaced the term “Information Dominance” with “Information Warfare” for the community.  This resulted in the Type Commander, Naval Information Dominance Forces (NAVIDFOR), to change the name to Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) in order to be consistent with naming conventions of other type commanders throughout the Navy.

Because of the established IW community, IW officers (1810) needed to change their title (not designator) to avoid confusion within the new community, so on March 11, 2016 under the leadership of VADM Jan Tighe, the IW community (cryptologist originally named 2005) was changed to Cryptologic Warfare Community (CWO).  The date of March 11 was not a coincidence as this was the date of the birth of the Naval Security Group in 1935.  As result of this name change, on March 22, 2016 IWBC changed its name to the Cryptologic Warfare Officer Basic Course (CWOBC) and IDBC name changed to IWBC.

This organization has gone through significant changes, organizationally as well as the methods on how cryptology is accomplished.  Since 1924, the navy has been training officers and enlisted in the art and science of cryptology to support the mission of this community.  Regardless of our name, throughout the years this community has faithfully provided decision makers with timely and accurate information.


Mario Vulcano