ARLINGTON, Va. - The Navy's surface warfare community is establishing a new warfare development center designed to produce expert Weapons/Tactics Instructors (WTIs) for ships in the fleet.
The new center will be a surface equivalent of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC), which includes the famous Top gun Fighter Weapons School, and attempt to inculcate a tactical warfighting prowess among surface warriors in an institutional way.
The future Naval Surface Warfighting Development Center (NSWDC) will be commanded by RDML James W. Kilby, who described the concept last week to an audience of the Surface Navy Association National Symposium.
Kilby described his observations of the NSAWC in Fallon, Nev., and the way it conducted training of instructors by pulling no punches in constructive post-mission critiques of performance.
"It is an awesome model for us," Kilby said of the NSAWC training as the Navy moves to sets up the NSWDC an equivalent for the surface Navy.
Kilby envisions WTIs becoming experts in anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine countermeasures, integrated air and missile defense, and amphibious warfare. His goal is to place one WTI per ship or sea-going staff at the department head level.
"We have never built tactical excellence purposefully by design," Kilby said.
The proposed 19-week course would train WTIs in tactics, techniques and procedures. The center would validate doctrine and teach it to the WTIs. Under the plan, the WTIs would take their training to their ships or staffs and pass on their expertise to the crew or staff.