Information Warfare (IW) Officer Detailer (PERS-472) Update - March 2013

Information Warfare (IW) Officer Detailer (PERS-472) Update - March 2013

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Information Warfare (IW) Officer Detailer (PERS-472) Update
March 2013

The following are several IW detailing items of interest and recent Information Dominance Corps (IDC) developments that our globally dispersed IW Wardroom may find useful. Request widest distribution:

1. FY-13 Orders Release Status: Due to the Continuing Resolution (CR), PERS-47 is currently limited to releasing new PCS orders with TDI funding (i.e., those that include any intermediate stops) and detach dates through May 2013 and all new PCS orders without TDI funding (i.e., no PCS schools or other I-Stops en route) through September 2013. This restriction only applies to new orders; all PCS orders already released with a DTG are fully executable. If necessary, the PERS-47 Detailing Team will make every effort to assist any of our transferring IDC Officers by drafting a ?PCS Letter of Intent? to help them and their dependents facilitate timely arrangement of administrative and personal requirements associated with their PCS move (i.e., overseas screening, dependent entry approval, passports, security clearance requests, etc). This situation will likely impact only a handful of IW Officers since the IW Detailing Team deliberately worked before the end of CY-2012 to release most of our IW Officers? orders 9 to 12 months in advance of their FY-2013 detach dates. In addition to the PCS orders restriction, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is also restricted to releasing all new Retirement orders to four months out from actual retirement date (currently through July 2013).

2. IDC Command Qualification: On 3 December 12, OPNAV N2/N6 formally released the IDC Command Qualification Program, OPNAVINST 1412.15. This program establishes the requirements for IDC 18XX Officers and LDOs to be qualified for assignment to command, following the CNO directed changes to Navy's command qualification programs. It goes into effect 4 June 2013. Officers who have already held IDC command and those currently screened for command or under orders en route to command prior to 4 June 2013 are exempt. The most significant change is a Command Qualification Oral Board requirement and the potential for an additional AQD. Our IW Regional Captains will be the focal point for ensuring our IW officers complete the requirements in a timely manner in preparation for the FY-14 IDC Command Screen Board scheduled for 9-13 September 2013. As additional guidance and information becomes available, PERS-472 will provide that information. Recommend all IW's familiarize themselves with the new instruction.

3. Graduate Education Opportunities: The IW Community continues to be a strong advocate for technical graduate education and values educational development in our Wardroom. For FY-14, we anticipate having Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) master's degree quotas for Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Science (CS) and Computer Systems Operations (CSO) curricula. Additionally, the Navy will be transitioning the IDC-focused cyber master's degree program that has been piloted at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to a longer term education program. We do not yet know which civilian institution will host this program for the FY-14 cohort, but expect it to start in August 13 and be a top-tier education opportunity like the CMU program has been. IW Junior Officers (JOs) in need of a technical master's degree or who are interested in the civilian institution (CIVINS) cyber education master's program, please contact your IW JO Detailer. For the CIVINS program, there will be a screening process between OPNAV, PERS-47, and the hosting civilian university. While enrolled in a full time graduate education program, all officers will receive multiple non-observed fitness reports, so it is advisable to seek mentorship since timing is important. It is untrue to state that officers fail to promote due to graduate school, since the data simply does not support this myth. Rather, it always has to do with where and how our IW officers performed before they attended graduate education. Ideally, immediately following superior performance as a post IW sea-duty (including Direct Support (DIRSUP)) new Lieutenant is the optimal time to attend full time graduate education.

4. Project Pacific: To support a CNO and PACFLT pilot initiative, select IDC billets in designated Pacific Theater commands will include a three-month cultural immersion training session at NPS focused on Asia-Pacific affairs. As A2AD and cyber warfare are key dynamics in the Pacific region, we expect a few IW officers to be detailed to this NPS session en route to their assignment. This is driven by specific billet designations. IW officers selected to participate in this program will be notified by their Detailer when orders are negotiated.

5. Acquisition Nominative Command Screen Board: IDC held its first Nominative Acquisition Command Screen Board on 5 Dec 2012. The purpose of the board was to pre-screen IDC officers to a bank for OPNAV N2N6 to select from to specifically compete for the specific CO SSC PAC opportunity (Dec 2013) and potential other future acquisition opportunities that IDC leadership deems worthy of targeted investment. No other acquisition command opportunities have been identified for IDC competition at this time. With respect to the acquisition slating process, the IDC is moving away from the direct self-nomination. Rather, as the Acquisition Community routinely advertises opportunities for self-nomination, all screened IDC officers should submit their nominations via PERS-47 for their Detailer?s endorsement ICW their specific IDC 18XX community leadership and final approval from OPNAV N2N6. For IDC officers pursuing acquisition or already progressing as an acquisition professional, please ensure all your acquisition qualifications are up to date in your record. Anticipate future IDC Acquisition Command Screen Boards to be held in conjunction with the annual IDC Command and Milestone Screening Board.

6. IDC Strategies: OPNAV recently released a higher level strategy and the IDC Human Capital Strategy. The documents (the Navy Strategy for Achieving Information Dominance 2013-2017, Navy Cyber Power 2020, and the Navy Information Dominance Corps Human Capital Strategy 2012-2017) are conveniently located on the FCC/C10F website: and on their Sharepoint site: You are encouraged to download and read these documents. Please also share these links with your IDC and non-IDC colleagues in the Navy, other Service members, Industry representatives and others that you think may find these useful.

7. IDC Alignment: Several alignment actions are underway within the IDC communities to strengthen processes and methodologies that make sense for the benefit of the Navy. OPNAV N2/N6 recently released NAVADMIN 363/12 ( ) which establishes a combined 186X designator for all IDC 18XX Flag Officers. Commencing with the CY-13 Captain FITREP cycle (31 July 2013), all IDC Officers will be ranked as a competitive category. Cross-detailing assignments are generally now done at the O-6 level or in a tailored fashion for a best fit approach. In general, IW Officers should expect to stay within 1810 billets through Commander.

8. CWO5 to 33 Years: The FY13 NDAA was signed on Thursday, 3 January, 2013 by the President: [url]‐room/signed‐legislation[/url]. Section 504, Exception to Required Retirement After 30 Years of Service for Regular Navy Warrant Officers in the Grade of Chief Warrant Officer, W‐5, provides CWO5?s facing statutory 30-year retirement the choice to remain on active duty for a total of 33 years. This is terrific news for our stellar CWOs looking to serve a bit longer where our IW Wardroom and Navy greatly values their extensive IW and Fleet experience.

9. Opportunities: Several unique professional opportunities arise throughout the year, some routine and some unexpected. It is most useful when Detailers have a ready-bank of the names of officers who are qualified, interested and available (i.e., command supports, and in some cases, with funding) to compete for participation in specific opportunities. In addition to keeping your record current (i.e., AQD JS7 proving completion of JPME Phase I is a perquisite for enrollment in Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) for JPME Phase II or any of our Senior War Colleges), let your Detailer know of your interest and availability.

10. Record Management: Just a reminder that your officer record is exactly that, ?your record.? While your IW Detailing Team will do everything possible to make sure your record is complete prior to a board, ultimately it's your responsibility to ensure it is ?board ready? at all times; that your FITREPs, official photo, career correspondence, education, AQDs, etc, are accurate and complete. FY-14 promotion board zones can be found here:

Other opportunities (i.e., Executive Assistant/Flag Aide nominations, JPME Phase II, additional Senior War College quotas, board member/assistant recorder opportunities, etc) routinely arise outside of the normal board schedules where the officers who maintain ?board ready records? are best poised to seize the advantage. The following link provides a very useful Record Management Guide:
Additionally, officers who have earned over 30 points (months) of joint duty but are shy of the 36 required months, can earn joint discretionary points. See: Also, a good source to verify your personal awards is NDAWS, which can be found at:

11. Selection Board Observations: Sustained superior performance in a series of challenging Navy tactical, operational, Joint/Interagency and leadership assignments continue to drive selection of the ?best and fully qualified officers? to the next higher pay-grade. Officers should carefully examine guidance for the Information Dominance Corps and Information Warfare Community provided in the convening order for each selection board. Ultimately, the member?s record and performance documented via Fitness reports serve as the primary vehicle for communicating to the board. The following practices are provided for both Service members and Commanding Officers consideration:
? Ensure that your service record is up to date through periodic review. Particular emphasis should be given to photos, Officer Summary and Performance Summary Records, Fitness Report continuity, documentation of advanced education, milestone and command screen selection/completion are key examples.
? Where possible and practical, Commanding Officers should consider soft breakouts in Block 41 when members are not part of a community competitive group.
? Joint Qualification Officer progression though both Professional Military Education and Joint Tour assignments for 1810s should be pursued by officers approaching 05/06 selection.
? Seeking and successfully completing community critical milestones, balanced with opportunities to broaden a member?s ability to lead in non-traditional assignments across the Information Dominance Corps and Navy should be aggressively pursued as part of career planning.

The outstanding leadership and talent within the Information Warfare Community and the Information Dominance Corps continue to be impressive and the competition remains keen. Ensuring that this leadership and talent is documented and managed over an entire career is absolutely critical. When in doubt, consult your Detailer; it is one of the many reasons we enjoy our job and are glad to help you get the correct answers.
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