Discover threats and use vital communications to protect your country. Provide Naval, Joint and National decision-makers with real-time indications and warning. Work side-by-side with other Officers to ensure the right information is used at the right time, directly enabling the success of the Fleet.
As an Information Warfare Officer, you will be directly involved in every aspect of naval operations, deploying globally to support Navy and Joint military requirements. You will deliver vital information to decision makers by attacking, defending and exploiting networks to capitalize on vulnerabilities in the information domain.
Like all Navy Officers, Information Warfare Officers must have a four-year degree from a college or university. If you don’t have a bachelor's degree but are still interested in a challenging career supporting Navy Information Warfare operations, check out enlisted positions in:
Your responsibility as a member of the information warfare community is to deliver information superiority. This is achieved through the application of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Computer Network Operations (CNO) and Electronic Warfare (EW) expertise.
Other responsibilities of a Navy Information Warfare Officer typically include:
- Leading Information Dominance personnel across the spectrum of military operations
- Developing and operating cutting-edge network exploitation and defense systems
- Planning and delivering information warfare effects during exercises and operations
Your role as a Navy Information Warfare Officer will take you to sea, air and shore commands around the globe. You may also have the chance to serve at one of the National Security Agency Cryptologic Centers. What’s more, you could have the opportunity to lead Information Dominance Sailors both afloat and ashore.
Training & Advancement
Prospective Navy Information Warfare Officers attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island.
After completing OCS, you will attend the Navy Information Warfare Basic Course (IWBC) in Pensacola, Florida, learning:
- Information Operations
- U.S. Cryptologic System
- Electromagnetic Theory
- Satellite Fundamentals
- Military Communications
- Signals Collection Operations
- Tactical Cryptology
- Collection Management
- Traffic Analysis
- Signals Intelligence Reporting
- National Security Strategy
- Computer Networks
- Physical Security
After graduation, your initial assignment will be at one of the four National Cryptologic Centers, where you’ll qualify as an Information Dominance Warfare Officer:
- San Antonio, Texas
- Kunia, Hawaii
- Augusta, Georgia
- Fort Meade, Maryland
Vital communications demand highly educated Officers. These are some of your opportunities:
- Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, allows the opportunity to earn an advanced degree. The school offers advanced degrees (master’s or doctoral) in many programs.
- The Junior Officer Career Cryptologic Program is a competitive three-year program that will broaden your education and experience and includes an intensive internship at the National Security Agency.
You may earn better pay options for certain duties and proficiencies:
- Special sea pay
- Hazardous duty incentive pay
- Foreign language proficiency pay
Navy Information Warfare Officers are required to have a four-year degree from a college or university.
After the Navy
Career Officers often enjoy increased responsibility and challenges that can include command and major staff duty. The specialized knowledge and expertise you gain as an Information Warfare Officer, coupled with your security clearance, may prepare you for future employment with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or National Security Agency (NSA) if you decide to return to the civilian sector when your service is finished.
Consider Your Service Options.
There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.