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The Copernicus award was established in 1997 as a result of a discussion among Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.), then President and CEO of AFCEA International, Captain James A. Barber, USN (Ret.), then Publisher and CEO of the U.S. Naval Institute, and the late Vice Admiral Art Cebrowski, USN, who was the Navy N6 at that time. The name for the award came from the Copernicus Architecture used as the blueprint for the future C4I structure of the Navy. Recipients are selected based on their sustained superior performance in a C4I/IT-related job. The selections are made each year by Navy judges who review applications from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, including active duty and civilians. AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute present the awards at their annual Western Conference held in San Diego each winter.
While the award was established in 1997, its history with AFCEA goes much farther back. The Copernicus Architecture (shifting the center of the universe) was drafted in December 1990, under the direction of the Navy’s Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle. It was explained in the August 1991 Signal and in the AFCEA International Press book Naval Command and Control, Policy, Programs, People and Issues (December 1991). This revolution in post-Cold War Navy C3 thinking, but without the name Copernicus, first appeared in the August 1988 Signal, in Strategic C3 Systems for the 21st Century, by Admiral Tuttle. A review of that architecture contains issues that resonate and are unsolved today.
It predicted “prolonged regional conflicts in the Middle East and Persian Gulf...a scramble for intelligence and resultant inundation of information.” It called for a modular approach to software with data in a common binary format and open system architectures. It recommended shifting investment away from "stove-pipe, vertical, end-to-end systems, in favor of horizontal building block programs and with off-the-shelf commercial equipment. It said the requirement for joint interoperability is greatly magnified in C4I systems, especially in the contingency and low intensity conflict environments... where a joint task force commander is likely to be the tactical on-scene commander."
Vice Admiral Cebrowski (a disciple of Tuttle’s) was honored in 2003 with a special award of merit for initiating these awards. His last major address was at West 2005 after leaving as the first Director of the Office of Force Transformation. The U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA are honored to recognize individuals who continue to demonstrate in operations that Copernicus remains relevant today.
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Robert J. Beers
Hopper Information Services Center, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
Mr. Beers is Chief Architect, Service Centers and Communications, at the Hopper Information Services Center. He is responsible for the architecture and design of ONI internal networks and for data center planning. Mr. Beers is one of the key players in the Navy's "Journey to the Cloud." He was nominated by Hopper to support the Consolidated Single Network Tiger Team, and served as the team's lead technology architect. The work of Mr. Beers helped jump-start Task Force Cloud for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OpNav N2/N6). Concurrently, he supported the first installation of a major cloud computing node at ONI, successfully relocated from the Naval Research Laboratory, where it was prototyped. In early 2012, Hopper designated Mr. Beers the Tiger Team Lead to bring the ONI cloud node to production. The task was made significantly more complex when the Navy committed to using the National Security Agency cloud computing architecture, known as the "Ghost Machine." This meant Mr. Beers could not simply advance from the previous prototype; he and his team had to start over with a totally new baseline. Under the superb technical leadership of Mr. Beers, the high-visibility transition to the ONI cloud node, now called Ghost Machine ONI, is well under way and on trajectory. Mr. Beers has built new bridges to bring ONI into the cloud and positioned ONI to be part of the broader intelligence community cloud that is rapidly taking form. Through his superior vision, extensive technical knowledge, and "no nonsense" approach to team leadership, Mr. Beers successfully broke ground to develop, demonstrate, and accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in support of maritime intelligence. His transformational work will enable ONI and the Fleet to bring the power of vast stores of cloud-based data and analytics to bear against today's most challenging threats while setting conditions for the success of tomorrow's fight in the maritime domain.
LT Charles R. Blackwell, USN
Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5), Jacksonville, FL
Lieutenant Blackwell epitomizes the best of naval aviation with his charisma, leadership ethos, technical know-how, and tactical expertise. LT Blackwell seized the initiative when VP-5 was chosen to lead the Fleet introduction of the command, control, communications, and computers for antisubmarine warfare (C4ASW) modification to P-3C aircraft. He formed a select team to test, evaluate, and develop techniques, tactics, and procedures for C4ASW tactical operation. His efforts have redefined the applicability of patrol aviation in the operational and strategic realms, adding Link-16 and international maritime satellite capabilities to P-3C aircraft. The incorporation of these technologies into the P-3 revolutionized maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft’s role with strike group and theater commanders. LT Blackwell's dedication ensured the introduction of this technology was exploited to its fullest. During the initial introduction, LT Blackwell and his team tested the user manual and technical publication's applicability in the air, providing valuable feedback that led to streamlined and corrected checklists and publications. LT Blackwell co-authored two articles about techniques and procedures for C4ASW implementation to educate the rest of the Maritime Patrol Fleet. He also forged the way in operational use of the C4ASW system in the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) for the Composite Training Unit Exercise and Bold Alligator 2012, the largest U.S. amphibious exercise in 10 years. The pinnacle of Lieutenant Blackwell's performance has been in the introduction of C4ASW to the Pacific Command and Seventh Fleet area of responsibility. VP-5 was the first P-3C squadron to receive and use the C4ASW aircraft modification. LT Blackwell authored a tactics, techniques, and procedures report (TTP) that focused on operationalizing commercial chat technology during reconnaissance operations, providing a critical communication node that enabled missions that would have normally been aborted to continue on-station. He perfected a method to transfer and upload high-resolution handheld digital imagery of contacts of interest onto a squadron intelligence division-built webpage, which has dramatically reduced the reporting cycle and allowed Seventh Fleet headquarters immediate access to high-resolution imagery. His C4ASW TTP has provided a secure reachback communication path for aircrews on detachment to remote locations where standard classified architecture does not exist.
CDR Joseph E. Brennan, USN
Total Force Requirements Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)
Commander Brennan is assigned as the Navy Information Dominance Enterprise Manpower Integration Requirements Officer within OpNav N122, Current Manpower Allocations Branch, and serves as a Programming and Policy Advisor to the Chief of Naval Personnel on information dominance corps manpower strategy. As a cyber strategist, CDR Brennan spearheaded the development of the Navy's first cyber warfare required operational capability document. He codified more than 20 key warfighting capabilities required to ensure the Navy’s success in future warfare engagements. CDR Brennan led the CNO-directed Cyber Manpower Strategy and Implementation Plan, and provided monumental staffing coordination, guidance, and support across the OpNav N12 organization as well as other OpNav organization codes, the Department of Defense, and federal agencies. In support of the new OpNav Resource Sponsor Construct, CDR Brennan tirelessly provided extensive manpower training and guidance. This effort ensured OpNav N2/N6 Manpower Requirements Officers were trained and capable of performing their new duties as the cyber program manpower resource sponsor. CDR Brennan is also a recognized expert frequently requested, by name, to serve as a key member of CNO executive-level working groups and planning boards. He provided support and training to the OpNav N1 leadership and has briefed the Chief of Naval Personnel and the Director, Navy Cyber Forces, on cyber manpower strategy implementation. CDR Brennan is truly making a significant difference in current and future planning, programming, and execution decisions, which are directly connected to the success of the Navy's cyber warfare mission.
ET1 Dustin J. Bruner, USN
Coastal Riverine Squadron Four
Electronics Technician First Class Bruner supervises the day-to-day responsibilities and operations for a department that supports more than 500 personnel in all aspects of communications and network operations for Coastal Riverine Squadron Four. During the merger of Riverine Squadron One and Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Four, Petty Officer Bruner fused two communications departments into one integrated department. He developed maintenance and operating procedures for the Mobile Ashore Support Terminal System, Radar Sonar and Surveillance Center System, and five Tactical Operations Centers during the first Coastal Riverine Squadron’s establishment. His plan to train current and newly reporting personnel on Coastal Riverine Force communications was adapted as the standard for all future squadrons to follow. Petty Officer Bruner was the driving force during the receipt, testing, training, and acceptance of the first four Deployable Joint Command and Control Rapid Response Kits/Network Enterprise Command and Control (RRK/NETC2) Systems within Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), providing subordinate commands with the ability to rapidly process and distribute time-sensitive information and intelligence. Applying his technical acumen, Petty Officer Bruner directly contributed to the first successful establishment of Internet protocol connectivity using the wideband global satellite communication constellation's X-band capabilities and saved the Navy approximately $1,500/day per RRK system. Devoted to improving the Navy's command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) capabilities, Petty Officer Bruner committed more than 300 man-hours to overseeing the system operability and performance testing. He worked hand-in-hand with system engineers, leading to increased system reliability for more than 20 systems. A devoted advocate for professional development, Petty Officer Bruner has dedicated his leadership to the design and delivery of the unit-wide Tactical Communications Qualification Program. Due to the effectiveness of this program in Coastal Riverine Squadron Four, it will be fused into the merging of future Coastal Riverine Squadrons.
Joseph M. Burkot
U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center
As Operations Systems Center (OSC) IT Specialist Project Officer, Mr. Burkot is in charge of the Coast Guard Portal (CG Portal) Enterprise Application within the Operations Systems Center and is responsible for technical oversight of the CG Portal. He expertly led all aspects of a complete technology upgrade from a complex suite of multiple products on more than 100 servers, to a single MS SharePoint 2010 solution hosted on 50% less hardware. In late 2011, the Coast Guard faced a recurring CG Portal budget increase of more than $600K to cover escalating vendor license fees. No funds were identified in out-year planning for the increases, and no funds were available for an acquisition project. Mr. Burkot’s meticulous fiscal planning and project execution oversight allowed the upgrade to occur under the existing budget and without additional staff. He executed the upgrade project and provided all legacy CG Portal maintenance support with no impact to operational effectiveness. Mr. Burkot also provided distribution-ready communications for sponsor dissemination to the field. These kept key stakeholders informed of any impacts to their roles and responsibilities and resulted in minimal help desk calls after the roll to production. Mr. Burkot’s leadership and focus on legacy system retirement ensured that the project was delivered on schedule to provide the cost containment required in 2013. In addition to the financial benefits, the upgrade provides easier navigation, new capabilities, increased security posture, and alignment with industry and government standards. The disparate toolsets of the legacy portal resulted in a unit’s information, documents, and collaboration activities residing in multiple locations, making it very difficult for users to locate. Users could not easily access all information from one unit home page. The upgraded portal also provides document management, a capability lacking in the legacy system that drove users to develop costly workarounds. SharePoint 2010 also provides new features “out of the box,” such as the ability to develop workflows. This functionality desired by users can now be offered without the expense of additional software products. Enhanced security was implemented through the use of a gateway appliance methodology centrally managed by an enterprise team. It also resulted in the retirement of specialized software, the associated hardware, and reduced the complexity of portal maintenance. The upgraded portal also provides the foundation for consolidation of other preexisting SharePoint sites into the governed enterprise environment. This will reduce the Coast Guard’s information assurance risk exposure, retire redundant hardware, and reduce license costs. The SharePoint CG Portal has provided immediate cost containment, improved security, enhanced user functionality, and positions the Coast Guard to gain additional benefits in the future.
LCDR Robert C. Cadena, USN
Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG)
Lieutenant Commander Cadena is the Department Head and leads a team of select U.S. Navy Cryptologist Technicians. He is the NSWDG-recognized subject matter expert on signals intelligence (SigInt), computer network operations (CNO), and electronic warfare (EW), and is responsible for the development, testing, tactics, and employment of SigInt, CNO, and EW equipment for Naval Special Warfare personnel who serve in direct support of joint task forces (JTFs) participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and other contingency operations outside the declared theaters of active armed conflict. He advises the Commander on the national SigInt system and tactical SigInt, CNO, and EW operations, and serves as the command representative to a classified JTF intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance council. LCDR Cadena exhibits phenomenal leadership in the manning, training, equipment, and deployment of 35 select Naval Special Warfare community combat enablers to JTFs in support of worldwide SigInt, CNO, and EW operations against our country’s top targets. He ensures these elements are equipped with requisite technology for critical missions, including spearheading the shift to emerging fourth-generation and Internet protocol-based technologies for precision geo-location, directional finding, forensics, and triage. LCDR Cadena creatively intermingled commercial solutions with military and information assurance training resources, developing and shaping future training requirements for combat enabler collection and CNO forensics teams. His initiative combined best solutions from all three areas for faster data download off the intended target with smaller and lighter gear. U.S. Special Operations Command has begun efforts to purchase this capability to support special operational forces.
Earl M. Connally
Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity
Mr. Connally is assigned as the Branch Head for the Interoperability Branch, Test and Certification Group. Mr. Connally is responsible for representing Marine Corps interests within the Joint and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) communities in the highly technical and critically important field of tactical data standards interoperability. Through his hands-on leadership and effective direction, he has a direct and lasting impact on systems interoperability. He represents Marine Corps equities in a broad range of interoperability working groups, panels, and committees, and was selected to chair many of these same groups. In the past year, he was the catalyst in adjudicating more than 300 joint/coalition changes to fielded tactical data link interfaces and applicable changes to military standards. Mr. Connally's involvement in configuration control boards and data management working groups ensured that data engineering development efforts will evolve to support future Marine Air-Ground Task Force information exchange requirements (IERs) and will enhance command and control systems data exchange in a net-enabled environment. Mr. Connally was a catalyst in initiating Marine Corps participation in the Tactical Edge Data Solutions Joint Capability Technology Demonstration development effort. He was similarly successful in forging Marine Corps participation in the newly formed Joint Air Operations Community of Interest, ensuring that air operations command and control systems under development will support Marine Corps requirements when fielded. He was nominated to lead the development of the NATO IER specification process, which, when ratified, will significantly improve data standardization efforts and enhance interoperability. He contributed to the development and critical review of Marine Corps Order 3090 and Marine Corps Order 3093.10, which, once approved, will significantly impact command and control systems interoperability within the Marine Corps. Mr. Connally also guided the efforts of the Marine Corps Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) (Link-16) Network Design Team in developing, testing, maintaining, and fielding the JTIDS Network Design Library for Marine Corps and joint use. Mr. Connally has provided exceptional service to the Marine Corps in leading his team and providing expert knowledge in the area of joint technical and procedural interoperability standards.
Joshua M. Cryer
Naval Special Warfare Development Group
Mr. Cryer, an electronics technician, provides the installation, operation, maintenance, repair, testing, evaluation, research, and development of state-of-the-market systems, equipment, components and devices used by Naval Special Warfare SEAL and Explosive Ordnance Disposal operators and their supporting elements. Mr. Cryer's exceptional leadership and technical acumen have directly and significantly improved the interoperability between Navy Special Warfare, U.S. Air Force Special Warfare, U.S. Navy Air Systems Command, other government agencies, and the U.S. Central Command. Charged with providing non-standard solutions to emergent initiatives and ongoing problems that impact warfighting readiness, he was the catalyst for dynamic transformation in numerous areas. Mr. Cryer was directly responsible for the integration of mobile Link-16 and situation awareness data-link technologies into ground vehicles, aircraft, and tactical and joint operations centers. This instantaneous information-sharing provides not only a dramatic shortening of the intelligence gathering, target identification, and objective execution chain; it gives previously unparalleled clarity to decision-makers on real-time locations of both hostile and friendly forces. Mr. Cryer was integral in the design, engineering, and development of an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance suite that provides real-time, high-definition video, meta-data, and precision target data coordination on a light-attack platform. He researched commercial, off-the-shelf technologies and developed a fire-support methodology using commercial products and military radios, resulting in a low-cost, highly effective, and lethal target generation process. Mr. Cryer’s determined efforts on these programs have drastically changed the battlefield and increased mission readiness to levels our military has not seen before.
LCDR Scott James Dancer, USN
Naval Ocean Processing Facility, Whidbey Island (NOPFWI)
Lieutenant Commander Dancer, assigned as the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, and Intelligence (C5I) Department Head, is responsible for all external and internal communications, information systems, 67 personnel in four divisions, Integrated Undersea Surveillance (IUSS) systems maintenance, facilities maintenance, one remote site, and command and control of five forward-deployed Surveillance Towed Array Sensory System (SurTASS) ships in the Seventh Fleet’s area of responsibility. LCDR Dancer developed an ambitious program to improve communications support and connectivity for his command, deployed SurTASS ships in the Seventh Fleet, and antisubmarine warfare theater commanders. His keen insight in bandwidth management ensured that all mission-essential tactical Internet protocol (IP) connectivity via defense satellite and shore-based IP hardened systems supported mission objectives. He developed and instituted a bandwidth management plan for SurTASS ships, which resulted in the tracking of more than 16 threat subsurface contacts of interest. He planned and designed a secure and non-secure video-teleconference suite that supports task force commanders, Submarine Forces Pacific, and immediate superiors in the chains of command mission-essential conferences, as well as facilitates IUSS supporting qualification boards and meetings. LCDR Dancer's technical expertise was evident with his oversight of a SurTASS team trainer installation that provided a mock simulator of the operations center on board a SurTASS ship, resulting in "train as you fight" realism for the SurTASS crew. As the facilities manager, he was responsible for all installations and modifications for an 80,000-square-foot facility and a remote site in Coos Bay, Oregon. These projects supported C5I services for not only his command, but also other tenant commands including Trident Training Facility Learning Detachment, Navy Information Operations Command, and all SurTASS ships. LCDR Dancer dedicated time and leadership to the implementation, design, and delivery of cyber security training and procedural initiatives ensuring that command networks were secure and that all information systems were protected. He was responsible for a 100% Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) Code 2791 conversion rate for 15 Information System Technicians, making NOPFWI the only command under Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, to achieve this milestone. LCDR Dancer has made a lasting impact not only at NOPFWI, but throughout the IUSS community.
CDR Michael A. Edwards, USCG
Commander Edwards serves as lead Technical Manager of the U.S. Coast Guard’s $1B Rescue 21 Project, the largest command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) project ever executed by the Coast Guard. Currently nearing completion and monitoring more than 41,000 miles of shoreline throughout the United States and its territories, Rescue 21 has modernized the Coast Guard’s emergency distress and response communications system, taking the “search” out of search and rescue. CDR Edwards’ engineering and technical acumen have played a vital role in that process, with Rescue 21 being used to assist in more than 46,000 search-and-rescue cases. As Technical Manager, CDR Edwards oversees two integrated product teams and directly administers a $13M budget for capital systems improvements. He led development of a $184M sustainment contract package, delivering it ahead of schedule, ensuring the system can be supported and sustained into the future, and achieving sustainment savings of $22M. CDR Edwards is responsible for completing all of the non-recurring engineering trade studies for three highly significant capability improvements that ensure operational commanders, field operators, and the Coast Guard receive the maximum beneficial use of the Rescue 21 system. The first will ensure that there is no longer an inability to monitor Channel 16 communications during the monthly software patches required for information assurance and to maintain an authority to operate, saving the Coast Guard millions of dollars annually and ensuring that calls from mariners in distress always will be monitored. CDR Edwards also completed all of the non-recurring engineering for migration of the Rescue 21 system to the active directory, which will ensure the system is fully integrated into the enterprise architecture. In addition, he is responsible for the $12M engineering and deployment effort to upgrade to a new operating system and replace all servers, all while executing full rate production. Through CDR Edwards’ efforts, an outdated communications system has been completely replaced, allowing the Coast Guard more opportunity to save lives in the future.
Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS)
Mr. Fakhoury, as the Deputy Major Program Manager, leads and coordinates all of the internal and external functional support. Mr. Fakhoury is one of the Navy's experts on sensor netting and tracking, having worked in the sensor netting area since 1996. Mr. Fakhoury provides the civilian leadership and continuity that resulted in success for numerous critical Navy and Department of Defense (DoD) sensor fusion initiatives, including developing and executing a comprehensive approach to resolve the critical interoperability problem. With an understanding of the warfare needs at all levels, he implemented enhanced management and systems engineering approaches and developed metrics. His personal involvement in developing integrated process teams that crossed acquisition, technical, and operation boundaries was key to aligning these multiple groups. His drive to use modeling and simulation early in the process and involve both the certification and operational evaluation communities was integral to developing a plan that delivered capability to the Fleet 18 months ahead of schedule. The use of the Trident Warrior 12 also demonstrated significant tactical picture improvements across multiple ships and aircraft. Mr. Fakhoury was integral to the development and management of the Joint Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)/Joint Land-Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) integration design. By combining the sea-based surveillance and weapons capability of CEC and the Aegis weapon system with JLENS, the time for detection and identification of threats has been significantly reduced. This demonstration was critical to the advancement of the Navy’s integrated fire control–counter air capability currently under development. Mr. Fakhoury has provided critical leadership to the Joint Track Management Capability, the current DoD approach to developing a joint tactical picture across services.
CTRC (SW) Brandon G. Faulkner, USN
USS Donald Cook (DDG-75)
Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Faulkner is assigned as the Afloat Cryptologic Manager and Ship's Signals Exploitation Space Leading Chief Petty Officer on board the Donald Cook, and also serves as the Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, Command Fitness Leader, and Assistant Command Educational Services Officer. Chief Faulkner is a dynamic leader who has significantly and positively impacted afloat cryptologic operations. During a 2011–2012 deployment to Fifth Fleet and Sixth Fleet areas of operation, Chief Faulkner broke new ground in the collection and exploitation of signals in Commander, Sixth Fleet, Commander, Fifth Fleet, and Commander, Africa Command (AfriCom), areas of responsibility. Chief Faulkner supervised the completion of in-depth analysis reports and briefings that were passed throughout the cryptologic community and greatly improved the overall understanding and Navy-wide collection capabilities. Chief Faulkner's extraordinary efforts and phenomenal situational awareness were invaluable to the Donald Cook, providing critical operations support to joint task force commanders in support of Sixth Fleet and AfriCom counter-terrorism efforts. These efforts significantly contributed to the flawless execution of three joint missions vital to the nation's security. During two missions, the Donald Cook was the only surface Navy vessel on station, requiring his cryptologic team to often be the sole source of intelligence gathering to maintain a continuous picture. Chief Faulkner’s foresight and unsurpassed information warfare aptitude were critical to training his cryptologic team to perform at a feverish pace during counterterrorism and counter-piracy operations. As a result, his team intercepted and prosecuted an unheard-of 1,800,000-plus signals of interest in the Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility. By generating more than 1,600 time-sensitive reports, his team provided critical indications and warnings to include continuous tracking data on military and high-interest merchant vessels, which enabled warfare commanders to maintain a continuous threat warning picture. Chief Faulkner's peerless professional knowledge and remarkable leadership skills have contributed significantly to the Donald Cook's and the nation's success in the cryptologic warfare area.
LCDR Christian P. Goodman, USN
Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center, Langley Air Force Base
Lieutenant Commander Goodman, a Joint Action Officer in the Command and Control Branch, is also responsible for all Navy matters and is the liaison to the Commander, Navy Warfare Development Center. His development of the Maritime Air Support Operations Center (MASOC)/Dynamic Air Resource Coordination Center (DARCC) concept was vital to the success of a team that not only completely revamped the command and control structure for naval forces in the U.S. Central Command (CentCom) area of responsibility, but also developed tenets for littoral warfare doctrine across the naval, joint, and coalition services. The MASOC/DARCC concept was immediately incorporated into operational exercises conducted by Carrier Strike Group Eight with resounding success. This concept has since been briefed to theater-level component commanders within CentCom and Navy leadership in Washington, D.C. LCDR Goodman co-authored an article describing MASOC that was published in the February 2011 Naval Strike Air Warfare Center Journal and has since been referenced in numerous articles. He also edited an article authored by the Carrier Strike Group Eight Commander, the Air Wing Seven Commander, and his former commanding officer that was published in the January 2012 issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. Most recently, LCDR Goodman was requested by name by the Commander, Navy Warfare Development Center, to be a stakeholder in the development of a tactical memorandum on command and control of air operations in maritime surface warfare. His work on the Fifth Fleet MASOC (now termed the Dynamic Air Resource Coordination Center) is of vital importance to all carrier strike groups deploying to littoral environments for the foreseeable future. His ongoing work at ALSA to revise the current multi-service tactics, techniques, and procedures document on air operations in maritime surface warfare will further refine the efforts employed by joint maritime forces to respond to emerging anti-access and area-denial challenges and lay the tactical foundation for the air-sea battle concept.
LT Ryan N. Haag, USN
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia
Lieutenant Haag, as Air Operations Officer, leads a 53-person division that provides Special Evaluators, Special Signals Operators, and Special Operators for the Africa Command (AfriCom), European Command (EuCom), and Central Command (CentCom) areas of responsibility (AORs). He also manages NIOC Georgia's Information Warfare Officer/Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IWO/IDWO) training program, where he tracks the qualifications of 34 officers. From February through June 2012, LT Haag was in charge of two EP-3E aircraft crews. While deployed, he streamlined time-sensitive mission information flow, which resulted in a 400% increase in time-sensitive reports. He taught his crews to use collaboration tools on the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS) network to better share and store signals intelligence (SigINT) information for customers. These efforts were praised by collection managers at Sixth Fleet, AfriCom, and various national-level divisions. In addition, despite the absence of a budget and cryptologic maintenance personnel, LT Haag led his Sailors in 40 ground hours and countless in-flight hours troubleshooting and repairing specialized geolocation equipment and SigInt reporting circuits on board his EP-3Es. His efforts contributed to more than 80 flights taking off with no equipment delays. LT Haag also re-wrote the Navy's communication requirements for the Consolidated Reconnaissance Operating Facility at Souda Bay, Greece. Working with national end-user support divisions, LT Haag directed the installation of more than $50,000 in computer and server equipment, as well as the installation of new fiber lines. He coordinated efforts of various contractors to fix connectivity and geolocation equipment issues on board his EP-3Es, saving more than $10,000 in maintenance funds. Upon returning to NIOC Georgia in June, taking charge of the Air Operations Division, LT Haag worked with subject matter experts to build seven new Joint Qualification Requirements for the AfriCom, CentCom and EuCom AORs. He simplified the data flow path from his deployed crews so that the newly created CTF-1050 Battle Watch could easily integrate EP-3E operations into the daily brief to the NIOC Georgia Commanding Officer. His previous efforts of storing SigInt data allowed the SigInt community to quickly respond to the assassination of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya in September 2012. LT Haag forwarded training materials from his deployment to the lead trainers at the Information Warfare (IW) Basic Course, ensuring future IW officers' exposure to the latest information during initial accession training. He volunteered to manage the command's IWO and Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO) training program, and revitalized the program by building a collaborative web page, instituting office hours, and holding weekly 0-3 "Murder Boards" to ensure that officers meet the full requirements for IWO and IDWO qualification. In addition, he telecast weekly training sessions, which allows officers at NIOC Georgia's eight reservist units to make progress on their IWO and IDWO qualifications.
CTT2 Christopher A. Hancock, USN
Naval Special Warfare Support Activity One
Cryptologic Technician Technical Second Class Hancock deployed for 256 days to Southern Afghanistan in support of SEAL Team Three, Special Operations Task Force South, multiple task units, and Trident Teams for Operation Enduring Freedom–Afghanistan. Petty Officer Hancock managed a four-man team that implemented both National Security Agency information systems and high-profile targeting suites in support of five Special Forces Operations Detachments, numerous conventional units, and two battle space owners. Petty Officer Hancock fused intelligence collection efforts among four joint/inter-agency collection entities and refined tactics, techniques, and procedures used for geo-location of hostile communication emitters. Petty Officer Hancock successfully bridged the chasm between intelligence analysis and combat ground operations. His efforts and expertise in both realms were critical in combating anti-coalition forces in his area. Integrated with a SEAL platoon, Petty Officer Hancock participated in 45 direct action missions throughout an extremely hostile enemy stronghold of Southern Afghanistan. Enduring more than 40 hours of enemy contact, his presence on these missions directly resulted in the capture and elimination of significant numbers Taliban commanders and fighters. Petty Officer Hancock's selfless actions in six separate firefights with enemy forces were the decisive factor in each. His actions during the recovery of a downed CH-47 Chinook helicopter enabled a recovery team to successfully remove fallen American service members from the battlefield and contributed to the elimination of enemy fighters who participated in the downing. Petty Officer Hancock consistently sought new opportunities to integrate multi-discipline information systems into tactical operations in order to increase the Naval Special Warfare ability to degrade terrorist operations.
LT Kenyatta M. Jones, USN
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
Lieutenant Jones, as the ship’s Information Warfare Officer, used a synergetic approach to tactical cryptology—fusing national technical means with conventional systems on board—to provide actionable intelligence afloat to forward-deployed warfare commanders on back-to-back arduous Fifth Fleet/Seventh Fleet eight-month deployments. His technical leadership and unparalleled foresight with regard to the Turbulent Wave and Flying Squirrel mission sets has paved the way for new tactics, training and procedures to be developed across all levels of cryptology. Leading the charge to marry near real-time (NRT) national capabilities with afloat organic collection efforts, LT Jones has initiated a paradigm shift that is redefining how information warfare afloat can be fused with other intelligence disciplines, improving the quality of actionable intelligence disseminated to national, fleet, and tactical decision-makers. Furthermore, he designed a multi-faceted advanced technology approach to providing anti-terrorism/force protection indications and warnings for strait transit and in-port periods, ensuring the safety of 6,000 deployed Sailors. LT Jones took information warfare to new heights over the past year, integrating Carrier Air Wing Nine electronic attack and electronic surveillance airframes into the information warfare network and providing national accesses and NRT cueing for tactical decision-makers. He was critical to building partnerships with air wing, destroyer squadron, and strike group staffs, ensuring cryptology was a significant contributor to strike group maritime domain awareness. In addition, as the Electronic Warfare Officer, he spearheaded the overhaul of the ship's emissions control (EmCon) plan to ensure information operations policies and directives were in full compliance across all operational departments. He crafted time-sensitive EmCon operational conditions used to mitigate a diverse range of threats while in a tactical environment. His efforts proved nuclear-powered aircraft carriers could defeat real-world threats through strict, meticulous controls set at watch positions.
LT Jones defines the essence of how information warfare affects every pillar of tactical and information operations. His use of national and organic systems in the maritime domain are groundbreaking and have been lauded at all levels.
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division
Mr. Kowalski is the originator and current Technical Program Manager of the Submarine Local Area Network (SubLAN) program, a key enabler in providing network-centric warfare for the submarine, network paths for command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I), administrative and tactical information distribution, and network services to on-board subsystems. He has led the SubLAN program since its inception to today's fleet-wide implementation and support, and is responsible for the development, testing, deployment, and in-service support of the SubLAN capability across the submarine fleet. In 1998, the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, initiated the Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT-21) program to address issues in information networking/communications within Navy platforms and between platforms. At about that time, while working as technical lead and program manager, Mr. Kowalski formed a team of Division Newport engineers and support personnel to develop the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)–sponsored SubLAN program and to meet the Tactical Integrated Digital System (TIDS)/SubLAN production requirements. Mr. Kowalski initially developed all program planning, costing, scheduling, and budgeting for the program, in addition to his technical duties. Coordinating with Program Executive Office C4I, SPAWAR, commercial product vendors, submarine shipbuilders, and planning yards, Mr. Kowalski's team was able to develop an on-board network for submarines within 15 months. From June 2000 to June 2005, more than 43 LANs were successfully installed aboard Navy submarines. In June 2005, the first of 62 successful SubLAN installation upgrades was performed. In April 2009, when the next generation of upgrades began, all active submarines successfully received the modernization. A high-availability, virtualized SubLAN was developed and initial delivery started in January 2012. Mr. Kowalski and his team consistently develop and deliver new submarine capability on schedule and within cost. They have increased the capabilities provided to submarines with the addition of a mission-critical LAN. Their hallmark is delivery of capability on schedule, within budget, and boasts a phenomenal operating tempo of 25–30 installations per year.
CW04 Scott M. LaFountain, USN
USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)
Chief Warrant Officer 4 LaFountain is primarily assigned as the Network Security/Cyber Security Division Officer. In addition, his expertise has been extraordinarily beneficial during his assignment as the Radio Division Officer directly supporting the permanently embarked Commander, Seventh Fleet staff as the forward-deployed command ship for Seventh Fleet, CTF-76, and CTF-79. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain leads the complex systems and networks support required to effectively operate and execute the flagship's extensive communications on board the Blue Ridge. He has forged a highly cohesive team of professionals who were instrumental in enabling Commander, Seventh Fleet, to communicate with all assigned forces. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain meticulously planned and managed eight major command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, and intelligence (C5I) upgrades during the Blue Ridge’s eight-week 2011 selected restricted availability, all while maintaining 100% C5I connectivity to continue the Seventh Fleet flagship's operational commitments. As the ship's Information Assurance Manager (IAM), he led the team during the first ever Forward Deployed Naval Forces Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI), and he received accolades from the inspection team for having the "best Host Based Security System team in the fleet." Cyber Forces Blue Team conducted a comprehensive security inspection of the ship's networks resulting in an overall score of 96%, the highest score of 19 deployed ships. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain developed the command's first information assurance work force program. Both Cyber Command and USS Blue Ridge's immediate superior in the chain of command (CTF-76), praised his work; CTF-76 considers his program the standard for all assigned CTF-76 ships. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain created and implemented a cyber security work force (CSWF) program and the information assurance technician personnel qualification standards (PQS) program. Within 10 months, CSWF certifications increased from 5% to 88%. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain's vast experience was personally sought to coauthor the Navy Networks and Navy Radio Communications Afloat Fleet-Wide PQS. Chief Warrant Officer LaFountain is a most trusted advisor on all network security and radio communications operations on board the Blue Ridge. He has provided numerous off-duty hours training and mentoring 80 personnel in two divisions to build a dynamic workforce ensuring Commander, Seventh Fleet, is able to execute the mission with flawless command, control, communications, computer, combat systems, and intelligence capabilities.
LT Christopher A. Martin, USN
Submarine Force Atlantic
Lieutenant Martin serves as the Atlantic Submarine Force Information Systems Officer and Force Information Assurance Manager under the Director for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information (C4I). LT Martin is responsible for Atlantic Submarine Force’s information assurance policies, network policy, certification and accreditation, planning and doctrinal requirements, and supporting conceptualized and emerging mission requirements. His talents were highlighted in July 2011, when the then-Type Commander, Vice Admiral John M. Richardson, introduced "The Design for Undersea Warfare" to address the submarine force vision and advance the concept of managing information resources as a combat system. In support of this initiative, LT Martin developed and wrote the Virtual Ship Handbook for Commanding Officers and the Submarine Force Cyber-Security, Network Readiness and Information Assurance Manual (CYBER-l). The Virtual Ship Handbook provides commanding officers with an overview of fundamental topics regarding the management of submarine networks and guidelines commanding officers can use in their day-to-day efforts to protect their networks, maintain the ship's mission, and resist adversaries in the virtual realm. Navy Cyber Forces Command adopted the Handbook for use on all afloat platforms. LT Martin then developed CYBER-l, a more comprehensive guide to the Handbook that prescribes the minimum policies for network readiness and information assurance of submarine force networks. LT Martin meticulously combined Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Defense Information Systems Agency, and specific submarine force guidance into a user-friendly one-stop resource for submarine information systems management. LT Martin established a program that enabled the Atlantic Submarine Force to be the only type commander to meet the Navy goal of qualifying 100% of required Sailors with the Navy Enlisted Classification Code 2791 prior to the 1 October 2012 due date. LT Martin also saved the government more than $284,000 by identifying a gap in the modernization of the network on three submarines during long-term maintenance periods. He worked with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to install the new operating system on salvaged network hardware, quickly delivering critical crew connectivity while saving significant governmental funds. LT Martin is a dynamic leader who continuously exceeds expectations.
Basil E. Moncrief
Marine Corps Systems Command
Mr. Moncrief is assigned as the Tier 2 Integrated Product Team Lead of the Technology Transition Office, Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Command and Control (C2) Systems (MC2S), Program Manager, MAGTF Command, Control, and Communications within Marine Corps Systems Command. Under Mr. Moncrief's inspiring leadership, the MC2S Technology Transition Team's contributions have enhanced the MAGTF’s C2 capability throughout the operating forces by substantively improving the unit commander's ability to see and control the dynamic battlefield in joint and coalition environments. Through his guidance, MC2S technology initiatives were efficiently designed and developed to modernize and sustain affordable, world-class, high performance C2 systems while focusing on reducing the weight and logistical footprint of the MAGTF. Mr. Moncrief ensured all technology transitions for tactical C2 systems were capable of operating in integrated MAGTF, joint, and coalition environments. One of the most noteworthy contributions of Mr. Moncrief to Marine Corps C2 was the rapid development of the Mobile Modular C2 (M2C2) system and its fielding into the Operation Enduring Freedom combat zone. These systems continue to support current combat operations in the Afghanistan theater today, and the Marines there consider the capability a true leap in technology. Soon after fielding the M2C2 System, Mr. Moncrief again answered the call to respond to an urgent statement of need from the Office of the Secretary of Defense requesting an on-the-move C2 capability for a Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Mr. Moncrief quickly assessed the situation and formulated an aggressive schedule, extensively leveraging the M2C2 design to develop and deliver network on-the-move Increment 1 capabilities within 18 months. He led a diverse workforce of military personnel, government civilians, and government contractors in the execution of eight additional cutting-edge MC2S technology initiatives. Mr. Moncrief also established strategic relationships with external organizations, services, industry, and academia, increasing the enterprise understanding of technological capability gaps across other program management offices, program executive offices, and warfare centers. His ability to facilitate efficient coordination and cooperation between a very diverse team of stakeholders, both internal and external to Marine Corps Systems Command, combined with a lead-from-the-front mentality, equates to unwavering support of the warfighter.
LTJG Jacob A. Rivera, USN
Patrol Squadron Eight
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Rivera serves as the P-3C Navigator/Communicator/Squadron Link Manager and command, control, computers, communication and intelligence (C4I) subject matter expert. While deployed to U.S. Pacific Command in support of Seventh Fleet operational tasking, LT Rivera connected a U.S. Navy P-3C aircraft to the Link-16 network in the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO). He identified a need for increased situational awareness for both aircraft and ground/sea forces in this dynamic battlespace, in particular for P-3C littoral surveillance and reconnaissance (LSRS) aircraft that provided reliable, near real-time, mission-critical sensor information to joint, multi-national, and interagency decision-makers engaged in highly sensitive operations in the KTO. After finding that U.S. Navy maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft of all variants had failed to connect to the network in the past because of an inability to integrate into the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) network design load file, he worked with Link-16 technicians to write a P-3C LSRS line into the joint tactical information distribution system network file, achieving the critical first step toward connectivity. After ensuring all baseline requirements for KTO Link-16 connectivity were met, he walked the first combat aircrew through initialization procedures and use of existing checklists, ultimately resulting in LSRS Link-16 connectivity. LT Rivera then coordinated with Task Group Operations for both Task Group 72.2 and 72.4 to establish standardized procedures for future missions. Finally, he noted a Link-16 connectivity issue with nonstandard mission times resident in standard operating procedures for USFK Link-16 managers and incorporated additional coordination in the mission planning process to ensure future success. The resolution of successful KTO Link-16 connectivity had an immediate, far-reaching positive effect on the entire maritime patrol and reconnaissance force, enabling LSRS assets to fully integrate into command and control architectures within the U.S. Pacific Command. LT Rivera's actions markedly improved battlespace awareness supporting critical operations and training exercised in every theater and enabled the continued maturation of LSRS employment.
CDR Richard J. Schgallis, USN
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
Commander Schgallis is assigned as the Military Deputy for the Naval Center for Space Technology Directorate. He serves as the principal liaison to the OpNav N2/N6 staff and is responsible for bridging operational requirements to science and technology as well as research and development efforts occurring at the NRL. CDR Schgallis has redefined the role of military deputy. Through his initiative, vision, and innovative approach to addressing current and future naval capability gaps, he significantly advanced the relationship between the science and technology efforts and operational imperatives.
A recognized expert in the area of naval space support to Fleet operators, he routinely represents the NRL in meetings with OpNav N2/N6 staff and principals as well as with officials from the National Reconnaissance Office, Maritime Domain Awareness, Office of Naval Intelligence, and the USCG Director of Operations. He served as the chair for the sub-committee on maritime domain awareness as part of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation study on naval space capabilities and gaps in 2010. CDR Schgallis is a published author in the area of use of naval space technology to meet operational requirements. His article "Leveraging Commercial Space for the Maritime Operational Commander," published in the Geospatial Intelligence Forum, served as the catalyst for the Coalition Tactical Awareness and Response (CTAR) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) proposal. The CTAR JCTD has been strongly endorsed by OpNav N2/N6.
CDR Schgallis has served as the primary advocate for this effort from the science and technology community, and without his personal engagement at the flag level, the CTAR JCTD might have failed to gain sponsorship. He has opened the path to exploiting available nontraditional intelligence surveillance reconnaissance capacity and capability to meet current Fleet requirements in a resource-constrained environment.
ET1 (IDW/SW) Brian R. Sorge, USN
U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and U.S. Sixth Fleet
Electronics Technician First Class Sorge is responsible for development of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) system capabilities for the U.S. Naval Forces operating in Europe and Africa areas of responsibility (AORs). In addition, he is assigned to U.S. European Command (EuCom)’s Joint Manning Document as a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Communicator. Petty Officer Sorge epitomizes the Chief of Naval Operation's (CNO’s) guidance to put "warfighting first" and to "be ready." Seeking cost-saving efficiencies, he has been at the forefront of implementing innovative cloud technologies. He has dedicated his personal time and energy to the development of his peers and subordinates. As the Leading Petty Officer of the N6 Directorate's Projects and Plans Division, Petty Officer Sorge distinguished himself as a subject matter expert within and external to the Navy on joint and coalition systems. Directly contributing to improved coalition interoperability and achievement of two Combatant Commander's Theater Security Cooperation Objectives, he managed installations and upgrades associated with three mission-critical coalition networks (SEAGULL, Non-Classified Enclave, and US BICES). He was hand-selected to provide mission critical, BMD communications, deploying more than 60 days in arduous conditions. His tenacious devotion to mission contributed to the seamless coordination and execution among Coalition partners, Navy units, and Air Force units. Petty Officer Sorge was the lead action officer in the Navy's first comprehensive cloud-based, non-classified network project. The contract awarded, resulting from his efforts, will save $1.6M bi-annually, deeply reducing life-cycle maintenance costs by virtually eliminating program of record data storage hardware. In addition, this initiative expands the influence of maritime domain awareness, meets U.S. Africa Command and Coalition interoperability objectives of increased maritime security, and meets partners' requirements for anatomy of information ownership, ease of use, and reduced latency in bandwidth restrictive environments. Petty Officer Sorge also serves as the Command Career Counselor, and co-chairs the Command's Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Qualification program. His focus and dedication to deck-plate leadership continuously contributed to our Sailors' professional development and the Navy's Force-shaping efforts.
LCDR Michael L. South, USN
U.S. Seventh Fleet
Lieutenant Commander South, as the Information Assurance Manager and Information Management Officer, leads all information assurance (IA) and information management activities for Seventh Fleet across six task forces in support of daily operations and the execution of multiple major exercises supporting theater operational plans. LCDR South displayed superior leadership, vision, and dedication in establishing cyber as a warfighting focus area in Seventh Fleet. He spearheaded the development of a new Fleet IA/computer network defense (CND) policy that formalized procedures, reporting requirements and tracking metrics for all Seventh Fleet IA/CND activities. As a visionary and vocal proponent for Fleet cyber operations, he fostered collaboration and cooperation between the cyber stakeholders in N2, N6 and N39, breaking down boundaries inherent to the traditional staff structure to most effectively support the Fleet Maritime Operations Center (MOC). His enthusiastic efforts increased teamwork and ultimately led to improved cyber readiness for the Fleet and enhanced cyber situational awareness for the Fleet Commander. LCDR South also led an initiative to develop cyber-focused commander's critical information requirements (CCIR) for inclusion into Seventh Fleet MOC reporting procedures. These "Cyber CCIRs" are now firmly integrated into MOC watch reporting processes, and the Fleet commander routinely receives updates on critical cyber events on an equal footing with operational events occurring in the physical warfighting domains.
Vincent A. Squitieri
Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I)
Mr. Squitieri is Major Program Manager for the Communications and Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation Program Office, with dual reporting to the Naval Air Systems Command for GPS navigation systems on aircraft. Mr. Squitieri’s responsibilities include execution and oversight of Navy communications systems such as military and commercial satellite communications terminals, tactical radio systems, and GPS navigation systems for ships, submarines, and aircraft. Mr. Squitieri has performed outstandingly as an acquisition expert and program manager. Delivering affordable and transformational military satellite, commercial satellite communication, and GPS navigation systems, he led the team to build the Navy’s multiband terminal (NMT) program of record and also the commercial broadband satellite program (CBSP), both recognized by Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition as programs that define the way ahead for Navy satellite communications. NMT will provide deployed naval commanders with assured access to secure, protected, command and control, communication capabilities. CBSP significantly increases throughput of data and voice via leased end-to-end services by augmenting bandwidth provided by military satellite communication sources. Mr. Squitieri has ensured that the Fleet has the communications capabilities it needs to fight and win. His skillful leadership on the NMT program enabled the on-schedule installation of the first production terminals. Praised by Fleet warfighters for its increased capacity, usability and reliability, NMT delivers four times more protected bandwidth and 10 times more bandwidth than current Navy systems. Mr. Squitieri led the NMT team to complete the first ever Expanded Data Rate (XDR) log-on and communications with an on-orbit satellite, enabling XDR testing over two years ahead of on-orbit capability and significantly lowering technical and schedule risk. By combining NMT and other customer procurements, Mr. Squitieri saved approximately 16.5% ($22.7M) on procurement costs for all NMT users over the first two production years. He managed the space services lease contract, a five-year contract valued at $542M, acquiring the ability to use 22 new orbital satellite assets and eight new commercial teleports under one management team and delivering to Navy forces an unprecedented flexibility, agility and bandwidth capacity in critical X, Ku, and C frequency bands.
CTR1 (IDW/NAC) Matthew James Strauss, USN
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC), Whidbey Island
Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class Strauss is assigned as the Leading Petty Officer of the Global Signals Analysis Laboratory Maritime Air Center Department and Lead Weapons and Tactics Instructor of Commander 10th Fleet Weapons and Tactics Unit. Petty Officer Strauss is routinely requested by commanders to assist in the operational testing and development of collection suites for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron and Naval Air Systems Command system upgrades. He led a team of weapons and tactics instructors in the initial operational test and evaluation of the EP-3E Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer, providing crucia1 feedback to program managers and engineers. Petty Officer Strauss conducted mission training and oversaw the updates of three mission scenarios, providing a robust training environment for Tenth Fleet combat reconnaissance crews. He conducted airborne Maritime Cryptologic System-21 (MCS-21)/Banshee System training for NIOC Bahrain and NIOC Misawa aircrew operators in addition to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit students, fulfilling all operational training requirements and supplementing the Advanced Readiness Program and Operational Readiness Evaluation for combat reconnaissance crews. As a result, the initial cadre of MCS-21 airborne operators were equipped with the knowledge, tools and skills that enabled them to exceed expectations and fully meet theater and national tasking direction. Petty Officer Strauss’s introductory instruction to Tenth Fleet aircrews was crucial to the successful execution of 65 missions, increasing the collection of signals of interest by unprecedented numbers. A stalwart in the Information Dominance Warfare community, Petty Officer Strauss implemented airborne MCS-21 signal descriptor file feedback and performance tracking tools. His expertise was essential to the integration of joint signals processor (JSP) V3 on the MCS-21 aircraft. He generated two standard operating procedures and solved critical mission shortcomings with the system integration, identifying alternate courses of action to sustain operations at forward deployed locations. He worked closely with Naval Air Systems Command engineers and drafted system functionality requirements for all current and future software releases. In addition, he produced a JSP check-out checklist to ensure standardization for testing and operations. Petty Officer Strauss's accomplishments, technical prowess, resourcefulness and productivity are a driving force behind NIOC Whidbey Island's success in meeting mission requirements in support of information operations worldwide.
LCDR Patrick M. Thompson, USCG
Coast Guard Cyber Command
As the Operations Officer Lieutenant Commander Thompson is responsible for establishing and implementing the vision for active Computer Network Defense for Coast Guard unclassified, secret, and top secret networks. LCDR Thompson has been pivotal in revolutionizing the Coast Guard's computer network defense posture. He qualified as a Battle Watch Captain at U.S. Cyber Command's Joint Operation Center, directing 64 combatant command, service, and agency network operations centers. LCDR Thompson leveraged lessons learned from this experience and devised a plan for the Coast Guard to dramatically improve its computer network defense by building out a real-time Coast Guard cyber watch. Fusing intelligence, operational situational awareness, and cyber expertise, LCDR Thompson developed and led the Coast Guard's first Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC) to initial operational capability. His vision of the CSOC builds upon the former Coast Guard Computer Incident Response Team and improves operational relevance by leveraging Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence reports, cyber battle rhythms, and operational reporting processes both within the Coast Guard and across DHS and DoD. LCDR Thompson also planned and led all activities for establishing the CSOC's sensitive compartmented information facility and network re-architecture. He coordinated across directorates to acquire resources, purchased classified computer processing equipment and videoteleconferences (SIPRNET/JWICS), and drove installation schedules. In spite of the declining budget environment, he also successfully obtained military billets to establish the command's inaugural 24/7 watch. During this period, LCDR Thompson was cited for his extraordinary efforts deploying to Southern Command in support of Joint Cyber International Exercise Panamex, where he provided subject matter expertise on cyber vulnerabilities. LCDR Thompson also represented the Coast Guard in cyber planning working groups for National Level Exercise 2012, the most expansive exercise in government. He served as Command Duty Officer for the Coast Guard's cyber cell during Phase Three, coordinating intra-Coast Guard responses and cyber intelligence efforts with DHS's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and executing continuity of operations plans. LCDR Thompson has been a visionary and change agent for the Coast Guard's cyber program.
IT1 (SW/IDW/AW) Kenneth D. Trosper, USN
USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
As the Combat Systems Automated Data Processing Division Leading Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician First Class Trosper is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and administration of the entire automated data processing (ADP) network for the Kearsarge. Petty Officer Trosper's leadership was evident during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012 and the first "Big Deck Amphib" cyber security inspection. He led a team that coordinated with the Network Information Operations Center (NIOC) to send daily reports that were instrumental in determining how the host-based security system (HBSS) functions during actual operations. He enabled the Kearsarge to become the first ship to implement the firewall capability function of HBSS to block cyber attacks from outside sources. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force, and Norfolk Ship Support Activity acknowledged his technical acumen with the HBSS and actively seek his advice on Fleet-wide network implementation issues. In response to Fragmentary Order (FraGo) 13, which mandates the installation of the HBSS in all Department of Defense networks, Petty Officer Trosper re-imaged workstations on the Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) enclaves and created batch files that enabled HBSS to install on all shipboard workstations. As a result, the Kearsarge became the first (and to date only) afloat command to be in compliance with FraGo 13. Petty Officer Trosper revamped the SIPR Intranet into a useful tool for users to navigate the SIPRNet. He also created a sophisticated trouble call log on NIPRNet, greatly simplifying the ability of the Kearsarge sailors to report ship's materiel discrepancies. Petty Officer Trosper's expert management of the Navy Information Application Product Suite server has ensured flawless ship-to-shore data exchanges. Petty Officer Trosper's dedicated efforts and diligence will leave a lasting impact on the Kearsarge and her relationship with the broader information professional community. His accomplishments have also enabled the Kearsarge to remain compliant with all computer tasking orders and information assurance vulnerability alerts.
Frank O. Watson III
Fleet Intelligence Training Center (FITC), Pacific
Mr. Watson, assigned as the Department Head for the Systems Department and as the command's Chief Information Officer, is responsible for all command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) required for operations and the acquisition, installation, integration, and maintenance of technical training equipment (TTE) required in servicing Fleet intelligence training. He led a command transition to a cloud/virtual machine architecture. Using available equipment and modest investment, Mr. Watson orchestrated transition of FITC's training network across three security domains. This new structure, the virtual desktop environment (VDE), proved to be a far more operationally available training platform with increased training flexibility, removing the need for "special purpose" classrooms. VDE also enables forward-based training elements, ashore and afloat, to access training applications hosted locally at FITC. The operational improvement in training and cost efficiencies introduced by VDE were recognized with the civilian award of Excellence in Practice from the American Society for Training and Development. Mr. Watson is also an innovation leader in application virtualization. Using internal resources, he directed the virtualization of Global Command and Control System (GCCS) – Integrated Imagery and Intelligence (GCCS-I3). This work resulted in fleet training and operational enhancement. Based on this success, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command personally requested Mr. Watson's assistance to virtualize the GCCS-Maritime Common Operational Picture (COP). His work with GCCS-M will impact training and operational communities and apply to a broader spectrum of remote users, as this application is the primary COP management tool afloat. His expertise was specifically requested by OpNav N2/N6 to evaluate potential cloud transition strategies based on his simultaneous hands-on and theoretical understanding of thin-client architectures. Mr. Watson’s work to assist the Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination project for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and his effort to help U.S. Central Command establish a West Coast foreign dissemination training infrastructure have resulted in success for each agency’s project and captured letters of appreciation to FITC.
IT2 Anthony Michael Wild, USN
USS McCampbell (DDG-85)
Information Systems Technician Second Class Wild, as the leading Communications Watch Officer in the McCampbell, is responsible for the overall operation and sustainment of all exterior communications and networking. He is also the Work Center Supervisor, overseeing the maintenance of all shipboard antennas and serving as an Underway Combat Systems Officer of the Watch. During the McCampbell's dry dock availability period, Petty Officer Wild oversaw 12 junior and three senior personnel in implementing a flawless migration of all local area network (LAN) hardware and peripheral equipment off ship in less than six hours. This included the reconfiguration of 70 unclassified computers, 30 classified computers and 9 network servers. He was instrumental in the superb planning and coordination of a full network groom, which delivered unsurpassed reliability and availability. As the ship's lead Fiber Optic Technician, he dedicated 500 hours to repairing 45 Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) network fiber drops, dramatically increasing network capacity by more than 35 percent. His actions contributed to a 95 percent system availability for McCampbell's LAN, the oldest LAN currently in service, Navy-wide. Exercising forethought and planning, Petty Officer Wild expertly directed the activation of 80 HF/VHF/UHF/SHF/EHF communication circuits for type command material inspection, Board of Inspection and Survey, and training cycle inspections, resulting in scores higher than 80 percent in communications and 90 percent in information systems, well beyond Fleet averages. Operationally, this was validated by sustaining a complex communications plan in support of George Washington (CVN-73) Strike Group operations, multi-national exercises, and national-level tasking while deployed. In response to exercises operating in a degraded communications environment, Petty Officer Wild brilliantly developed a fully integrated bandwidth management doctrine. This, coupled with his EHF trend analysis, was quickly adopted as the standard for Commander Task Force-70 (CTF-70), and proved instrumental in the tremendous upswing in the communications agility of the strike group during Exercise Valiant Shield 2012. Petty Officer Wild consistently executes with expertise, foresight and maturity.
LCDR Gilbert A. Yarbrough, USN
U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Bahrain
Lieutenant Commander Yarbrough is responsible for secure command and control for operational commanders in the Commander, Fifth Fleet (ComFifthFlt) area of operations by ensuring reliable and resilient operations of all network operations and communications capabilities at NCTS Bahrain. As the cornerstone of innovation and operations in supporting fleet, special missions, and shore communications, he demonstrated superb leadership, expert guidance and outstanding managerial skills. An Ordnance Limited Duty Officer by trade, LCDR Yarbrough led 130 military, civilian, and contractor personnel in providing vital command, control, computer, communications and information (C4I) services to the Central Command (CentCom), Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (ComUSNavCent)/ComFifthFlt, Naval Support Activity Bahrain, 72 regional commands, and more than 40 deployed ships, air squadrons, and joint forces operating in the CentCom area of responsibility (AOR). As a result of his exceptional work, NCTS Bahrain achieved the highest level of communications support, providing premier customer service, responsiveness and flexibility in supporting naval, joint and coalition missions, directly supporting warfighting efforts in the region. By anticipating fleet communications and subsequent requirements, he has been pivotal in exceeding mission objectives.
A forward-thinker focused on efficient and effective use of resources, LCDR Yarbrough planned and coordinated the testing and evaluation of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) newest Wide Global Satellite (WGS), optimizing satellite communication resources while simultaneously providing area-wide coverage for the units operating from the Pacific Rim to the Mediterranean Sea.
He executed the successful cross-connect of Commercial Broadband Satellite Program and DISA services to three carrier strike groups (CSGs) and two amphibious readiness groups. His efforts provided CSGs with the ability to allocate more bandwidth across their Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network enclaves, which directly improved mission performance, logistics readiness, and crew morale. LCDR Yarbrough also coordinated with ComUSNavCent, DISA, and Regional Satellite Support Center to identify and correct a timing configuration conflict in the Defense Satellite Communications System and WGS system architecture, which stabilized connectivity for aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, and amphibious ships in the AOR.
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