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Information Warfare (IW)
This designator option applies only to those midshipmen found not physically qualified for the unrestricted line or STA-21 Target Option. Because this designator requires eligibility for a top secret security clearance, applicants should have their SSBI initiated before the start of their junior year.
Information Warfare (IW) is a Restricted Line community comprising approximately 900 officers. IW officers (IWO) are the Navy’s Information Warriors who maintain expertise in all facets of Information Operations (IO), to include traditional cryptology, C2 and space systems.
IW officers create warfighting options for Fleet Commanders to fight and win in the information age. IWOs deliver and operate a reliable, secure and battle-ready global network, and lead in the development and integration of IO capabilities into the Fleet.
Warfare Competency: IWOs lead Navy Information Warfare (IW) missions by employing a thorough understanding of the tenets of IO, sensor/weapons, national systems’ capabilities and limitations, and know how to optimally use all IO resources to for “effects-based” warfare. IWOs develop tactics, techniques and procedures to realize tactical, strategic and business advantages afloat and ashore.
Leadership: Leadership is a core competency for all Naval Officers. IWOs must be engaged and seize the initiative, motivate people, effectively apply resources and execute mission.
Professional Expertise: IWOs require knowledge of engineering and technology (i.e. knowing how the signal or protocol was designed to function) and the human elements of adversaries through language and culture (i.e. knowing how the adversary operates). IWOs will build this expertise through a combination of formal education and experience gained through successive career milestone tours.