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Surveilling, exploiting and dominating on the technology front. And damaging the enemy from a cyber perspective.
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:
Information Warfare Officers are directly involved in every aspect of Naval operations – delivering information to decision makers by attacking, defending and exploiting networks to capitalize on vulnerabilities in the information domain. As an IWO, you will employ a thorough understanding of sensors and weapons, strategy and tactics, as well as national systems’ capabilities and limitations. This role may include:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Information Warfare Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, IWOs may serve anywhere in the world, whether on ships, submarines or aircraft, or anywhere on land from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.
Information Warfare Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.
For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.
Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Information Warfare Officers can advance their education by:
Postgraduate education is important to the success of the Information Warfare Officer. Most IWOs will complete a master’s degree in one of the following: electrical engineering, cyber systems and operations, computer science, or space systems.
A four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution is required to work as an Information Warfare Officer. The degree must be in a technical field, preferably in one of the following: information systems, electrical engineering, computer engineering, information operations, computer science, systems engineering, general engineering.
All candidates must also be: U.S. citizens, willing to serve worldwide, eligible for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance, and qualified for sea duty.