Over the last decade, information has emerged as a warfighting domain, joining land, sea and air as a critical, contested battlespace. As the Navy’s information warfare systems command, SPAWAR is the Navy acquisition command that develops, delivers and sustains communications and information warfare capabilities for warfighters, keeping them securely connected anytime, anywhere.
With a space support activity, two research and development system centers and through partnerships with three program executive offices, SPAWAR provides the hardware and software needed to execute Navy missions.
SPAWAR consists of more than 10,000 active duty military and civil service professionals located around the world and close to the fleet to keep SPAWAR at the forefront of research, engineering and acquisition to provide and sustain information warfare capabilities to the fleet.
SPAWAR is one of five major Department of Navy acquisition commands. While other Navy acquisition commands, like Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), focus on specific platforms, SPAWAR focuses on capable and secure communications and networks that span platforms and facilities.
SPAWAR is a large, complex, geographically-dispersed organization with more 10,000 people that make up its workforce. SPAWAR provides research and development, systems engineering, testing and evaluation, technical, in-service and support services to the Program Executive Offices (PEOs) during all phases of a program’s lifecycle.
Working with other information warfare partners – OPNAV N2/N6, U.S. 10th Fleet/Cyber Command and Naval Information Forces – SPAWAR develops, delivers and sustains information warfare capability to the fleet.
SPAWAR products and services transform ships, aircraft and vehicles from individual platforms into integrated battle forces, delivering and enhancing information warfare among Navy, Marine, joint forces, federal agencies and international allies.
With the development of standards, architectures and infrastructure, along with tactical and business applications, SPAWAR enables our sea and shore platforms and installations to operate effectively and efficiently in cyberspace. The systems SPAWAR develops must meet performance requirements with respect to capacity, security, and reliability, but also be affordable and on schedule for delivery to the fleet.
SPAWAR provides support to three Navy PEOs. The program offices within these PEOs work to minimize cost while rapidly delivering products to warfighters.
SPAWAR’s affiliated PEOs are:
Internally, SPAWAR is organized into eight competencies: finance, contracts, legal, logistics and fleet support, engineering, acquisition and program management, science and technology and corporate operations. Learn more about our competencies.