Navy Establishes a ‘Topgun’ for Information Warfighting
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Following a pattern for other warfighting domains, the Navy has established a warfighting development center for information warfare.
U.S. Fleet Forces Command on March 1 established the Naval Information Warfighting Development Center, located in the Joint Reserve Intelligence Center in Norfolk, Va. according to a Feb. 27 Navy directive.
The new command “is part of a series of Chief of Naval Operations-directed actions to establish a warfighting development center for each of the warfare type commands. The center will train and assess information warfare forces in advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures,” the directive said.
Within the last two years, the Navy has established similar warfighting centers for the aviation, surface and undersea warfare communities. The governing concept had its germination in the aviation community’s Fighter Weapons School, or “Topgun,” setup in the late 1960s to address tactical deficiencies of Navy fighter squadrons during the Vietnam War. Top Gun is now a part of the new Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center in Fallon, Nev.
The Surface and Mine Warfare Warfighting Development Center is based in San Diego and the Undersea Warfighting Development Center based in Groton, Conn.
The new center reports to Commander, Naval Information Forces.