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Navy Commencing Information Warfare Improvement Plan in 2019

The U.S. Navy is pushing a plan to bolster information warfare capacities this year. The Information Warfare Readiness Improvement Plan would revamp the way Navy servicemen leverage command, control, communications, computers and intelligence assets, the service branch said Wednesday.

A group of commands agreed with the plan presented by the  Program Executive Office C4I last month.

"What we’re driving toward is an environment with better technology that lets Sailors employ, maneuver and manage their C4I capabilities with less onboard assistance from the SYSCOM [systems command]," said Rear Adm. Carl Chebi, program executive officer at PEO C4I.

The plan revolves around four main effort segments including design, materiel, documentation and personnel. The IWRIP team will adjust C4I systems to accommodate sailor needs, allocate required materiel, document activities and provide qualification training. The team's efforts to simplify C4I systems would run throughout 2019, then baseline reduction activities would follow in 2020.

William Luebke, logistics and fleet support director at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, said the Navy invited stakeholders to take part in brainstorming sessions for the program.

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