Reserve Cryptologic Warfare - 1815
Community Overview: The Reserve Information Warfare (IW) Programs (Intelligence, Cryptologic Warfare, Information Professional, Oceanography, and Space Cadre) are established under the cognizance of Commander, Naval Information Force Reserve (IW Reserve TYCOM) and Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command. Cryptologic Warfare (CW) is a Restricted Line community comprising of approximately 276 Naval Officers.
Mission: Cryptologic Warfare 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.
Guiding Principles: (1) Warfare Competency - CW officers are the Navy's preeminent professionals in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Cyberspace Operations (CO), and Electronic Warfare (EW) - these are their disciplines. They principally operate in the domains of cyberspace, the electromagnetic spectrum, and space - as warfighters with an adversarial mindset. CW skillsets including technical expertise in Defensive Cyberspace Operations and Computer Network Operations are needed today more than ever in countering those who seek to challenge, to compete, and to hold us at risk.
(2) Leadership - Leadership is a core competency for all Naval Officers. CW officers must be engaged and seize the initiative, motivate people, effectively apply resources and execute mission. As leaders in cyberspace, CW officers provide network defense across the Fleet while remaining postured to deliver effects against adversaries when directed.
(3) Professional Expertise - CW officers require knowledge of engineering and technology in order to understand how adversaries communicate (i.e. knowing how the signal or protocol was designed to function) and the human elements of adversaries (i.e. knowing adversary idiosyncrasies). CW officers build this expertise through a combination of formal education and experience gained through operations and successive career milestone tours.
Open the Reserve Cryptologic Warfare Information document to learn more about the basic eligibility requirements, accession options, academic/professional expertise, special pay/bonuses, training pipeline, billet assignment, and career path.
Point of Contact
Information Warfare Reserve Officer Community Managers