jpsno3 wrote:I am currently an SNA in Primary flight training. Training has been going well so far, however, I am not sure if it is the right fit for me. I am beginning to research into other possible communities in case I do decide to re-designate. I am most interested in IW and Intelligence. Even as a pilot, I would want my mission to revolve around some type of intelligence gathering.
My educational background consists mainly of math, science, and some basic civil and environmental engineering. I have a BS is Marine Science. However, I have read that in order to be competitive they like to see applicants with a background in computer science, political science, international relations, or foreign language. Do you think because I am already in the Navy, that I may have a higher chance of being selected for either community even though I do not have much background in these areas? I know the new fiscal year is fast approaching so that may also help increase my chance of being selected.
Lastly, I am having a hard time making the key distinction between Intelligence and Information Warfare. To me, Intel is more like an analyst position: gather-analyze-and report. IW seems like there is a lot more to it.
Thank you in advance for any information provided.
From the Navy's website (bold emphasis is mine):
"Intelligence Officers serve at the forefront of national security as they:
- Supervise the collection, analysis and dissemination of critical information
- Provide intelligence support to US Naval forces and multinational military forces
- Advise executive-level decision makers in US government
- Lead Enlisted personnel in gathering and analyzing mission-sensitive intelligence
- Serve as a key part of the Information Dominance Corps in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries
unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime"
"Conducting psychological operations. Managing the application of
cryptography and cryptanalysis
. Advising decision makers at all levels. Information Warfare Officers help ensure that America’s Navy capitalizes on the information vulnerabilities of our enemies. Their responsibilities include:
- Deterring and defeating aggression
- Providing warning of intent
- Ensuring freedom of action
- Achieving military objectives in and through cyberspace
- Maximizing the use of sensors
, weapons, network communications and control systems
- Being a key part of the Information Dominance Corps in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and
developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime"
If you read nothing but the bold you should get a better understanding of the difference between the two. In many situations, the IW Officer works for the Intelligence Officer (Cryptologic Resource Coordinator working for a CSG N2) with a focus on ensuring Cryptologic/SIGINT requirements are satisfied. IW Officers are also at the forefront of Cyber Warfare.
Regarding your lat/xfer, I would assume (bad word, I know) that an Officer already serving would have an edge on others, given his qualifications, etc. In your case, you sound like a good fit for IW.
Please free free to PM me with any other questions.