Is the Congress planning to create a Cyber Operations officer designator and enlisted rating that is separate from cryptology?
Refer to pages 318-319 in H.R. 7900—FY23 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL
(a) MILITARY CAREER DESIGNATOR.—
(1) OFFICERS.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Navy, in coordination with the Chief of Naval Operations, shall establish and use a cyber warfare operations designator for officers and warrant officers, which shall be a separate designator from the cryptologic warfare officer designator.
(2) ENLISTED.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in coordination with the Chief, shall establish and use a cyber warfare rating for enlisted personnel, which shall be a separate rating from the cryptologic technician enlisted rating.
(1) IN GENERAL.—Beginning June 1, 2024, the Secretary may not assign a member of the Navy to a billet within the core work roles at teams or components within the cyber mission force if such member—
(A) has a designator of cryptologic warfare, intelligence, or information professional; or
(B) has a rating of cryptologic technician, intelligence specialist, or information systems technician.
(2) EXCEPTION.—The prohibition in paragraph
(1) shall not apply with respect to a member of the Navy who is assigned to a billet described in such paragraph under orders issued before June 1, 2024.
(c) REPORT.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the House of Representatives and Senate a report certifying whether the following actions have been carried out (including detailed explanations):
(1) The Secretary establishing cyberspace operations as a military discipline that is a community separate from the information warfare community.
(2) The Chief of Naval Operations identifying who in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations will serve as the resource manager and who will be responsible for staffing and training with respect to the designator and rating established under subsection (a).
(3) The Secretary establishing a training pipeline for the designator and rating established under subsection (a) that is aligned with the requirements and standards established by the Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
(4) The Secretary establishing a funding profile detailing with requisite investments towards the training requirements, requisite courses, and costs associated with the designator and rating established under subsection (a) for the period covered by the most recent future-years defense program submitted to Congress under section 221 of title 10, United States Code.
(5) The Secretary establishing an inventory of all flag officer positions with direct leadership or executive direction over the designator and rating established under subsection (a), including with respect to—
(A) the United States Cyber Command;
(B) the Fleet Cyber Command;
(C) Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber,
(D) 10th Fleet;
(E) The Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the Director of Naval Intelligence; and
(F) Naval Information Forces.
(6) The Secretary establishing an implementation plan, including timelines and procedures, for filling the positions within the cyber mission force for which the Secretary is responsible.
(7) Any anticipated changes to the end-strength of the Navy by reason of establishing the designator and rating under subsection (a).
(d) DETERMINATION BY CYBER COMMAND.—Not later than 60 days after the date on which the Secretary submits the report under subsection (c), the Commander of United States Cyber Command shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the House of Representatives and Senate a determination with respect to whether the matters contained in the report satisfy the requirements of the United States Cyber Command.
21 June 2022 at 19:46
Extraordinary find! This begs multiple questions and forces a legitimate conversation on the realignment of the current Cryptologic structure. Interested to see if this is enacted and the impact on CWEs.
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21 June 2022 at 20:32
I agree with Corey Grey’s comment. My first question is: what will the officer designator look like and what will the
enlisted designator (crow/rating designator look like?
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22 June 2022 at 01:27
This is sheer genius and a brilliant (if devious) way to force the navy to take cyber seriously.
22 June 2022 at 14:12
Very interesting. The detailer is going to have to turn off her phone for the next couple of days hahah!