ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NAVY IRREGULAR WARFARE OFFICE

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SUBJ/ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NAVY IRREGULAR WARFARE OFFICE// 


REF/A/DOC/JOINT PUB 1-02/12 APR 2001 AMENDED 04 MAR 2008// REF/B/DOC/ll 
SEP 2007// NARR/REF A IS DOD DICTIONARY OF MILITARY AND ASSOCIATED 
TERMS. REF B IS IRREGULAR WARFARE JOINT OPERATING CONCEPT (VERSION 
1).// POC/MARK KENNY/RADM(SEL)/LOC: WASHINGTON DC/EMAIL:
MARK.KENNY@NAVY.MIL/TEL: COMM: (703) 604-7850// POC/MARK 
MULLINS/CAPT/LOC: WASHINGTON DC/EMAIL:
MARK.B.MULLINS@NAVY.MIL/TEL: COMM: (703) 614-2107// RMKS/1. IRREGULAR 
WARFARE (IW) CAPABILITIES AND CONCEPTS (DEFINED REFS A AND B) ARE KEY 
ELEMENTS UPON WHICH THE COOPERATIVE STRATEGY FOR 21ST CENTURY SEAPOWER 
AND THE UPCOMING NAVAL OPERATIONS CONCEPT (NOC) WERE DEVELOPED. CORE 
SEAPOWER MISSIONS OF FORWARD PRESENCE, DETERRENCE, SEA CONTROL, POWER 
PROJECTION, MARITIME SECURITY, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE/DISASTER 
RESPONSE PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL CAPABILITIES THAT ARE WELL-SUITED TO 
ADAPT TO THE EVOLVING DEMANDS AND MISSIONS OF IW.
2. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NAVAL EXPEDITIONARY COMBAT COMMAND AND 
GLOBAL FLEET STATIONS AND OUR EFFORTS WITH GLOBAL MARITIME PARTNERSHIPS 
AND MARITIME HEADQUARTERS/WITH MARITIME OPERATIONS CENTERS ARE EXAMPLES 
OF HOW THE NAVY HAS ADAPTED TO ADDRESS IW DEMANDS AND MISSIONS. RECENT 
SUCCESSES IN COORDINATING THE EVOLUTION OF NAVY INTELLIGENCE AND STRIKE 
CAPABILITIES TO MEET URGENT COMBATANT COMMANDER REQUIREMENTS FOR 
COMBATING TERRORISM AND COUNTERINSURGENTS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED FURTHER 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NAVY TO CONTRIBUTE.
3. FOR THIS REASON, THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS HAS DIRECTED THE 
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NAVY IW OFFICE ON 1 JUL 08 WITHIN THE NAVY STAFF 
TO INSTITUTIONALIZE CURRENT ADHOC EFFORTS IN IW MISSIONS OF COUNTER-
TERRORISM (CT) AND COUNTER-INSURGENCY (COIN) AND THE SUPPORTING 
MISSIONS OF INFORMATION OPERATIONS, INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS, FOREIGN 
INTERNAL DEFENSE, AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE AS THEY APPLY TO CT AND 
COIN.
4. DIRECTOR, NAVY IW OFFICE IS RADM(SEL) MARK KENNY AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR, 
NAVY IW OFFICE IS CAPT MARK MULLINS. DIRECTOR, NAVY IW OFFICE WILL 
REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS FOR INFORMATION, 
PLANS, AND STRATEGY (N3/N5) AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR: (1) SYNCHRONIZING 
NAVY CAPABILITIES WITH USSOCOM AND OTHER COMBATANT COMMANDERS AND 
INTERAGENCY AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO SUPPORT IW NEEDS, (2) 
FACILITATING THE RAPID IDENTIFICATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEPLOYMENT OF 
NAVY IW CAPABILITIES, AND (3) INSTITUTIONALIZING IW IN THE NAVY'S 
PLANNING, INVESTMENT, AND CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT.
5. THE DIRECTOR, NAVY IW OFFICE WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING THREE 
EFFECTS:
A. ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS THAT ENABLE THE NAVY TO OPTIMIZE SUPPORT TO 
COMBATANT COMMANDERS IW NEEDS; B. ENABLE RAPID RESPONSE AND ADAPTATION 
OF CAPABILITIES TO FULFILL URGENT COMBATANT COMMANDER IW REQUIREMENTS; 
AND C. INSTILL IW AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF NAVY STRATEGIC PLANNING, 
ANALYSIS, AND FUTURE CAPABILITY AND CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT.
6. THE NAVY IW OFFICE WILL CARRY OUT THE FOLLOWING KEY TASKS:
A. SERVE AS THE COORDINATION AND INTEGRATION ORGANIZATION FOR NAVY 
SUPPORT TO IW. PROVIDE THE NAVY'S IW PRIMARY POINT OF CONTACT AND 
CONTINUITY FOR NON-NAVY ORGANIZATIONS.
B. INFORM THE CNO OF NAVY PARTICIPATION IN PLANNED AND ONGOING IW 
OPERATIONS. DEVELOP RAPID REPORTING PROCEDURES AND ENSURE APPROPRIATE 
COMMUNICATION CHANNELS ARE IN PLACE.
C. REPRESENT OPNAV IW INTERESTS (IN COORDINATION WITH N3) AT THE 
USSOCOM SEMI-ANNUAL GLOBAL SYNCHRONIZATION CONFERENCE. COORDINATE 
OPNAV'S PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONFERENCE AND OTHER KEY IW ACTIVITIES, 
CONFERENCES, AND INITIATIVES.
D. COMMUNICATE ACROSS SERVICE AND INTERAGENCY BOUNDARIES TO ARTICULATE 
AND SYNCHRONIZE SHORT AND LONG TERM NAVY IW INTERESTS.
E. SERVE AS THE FOCUS FOR THE NAVY'S RESPONSE TO URGENT USSOCOM AND 
OTHER COMBATANT COMMANDER, INTERAGENCY AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS IW 
REQUIREMENTS.
F. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT, FACILITATE THE USE OF EXISTING CAPABILITIES, 
TECHNOLOGIES, AND PLATFORMS IN NEW WAYS.
G. INITIATE MATERIAL AND NON-MATERIAL SOLUTIONS DEVELOPMENT IN PARALLEL 
WITH FACILITATING FORMAL COMMUNICATION OF THE REQUIREMENT.
H. ASSIST IN DEVELOPING EMERGENT TACTICS, TECHNIQUES, AND PROCEDURES 
(TTP) AND IDENTIFY AND FACILITATE REQUISITE TRAINING.
I. COORDINATE TURNING LESSONS LEARNED INTO TTP AND TRAINING 
IMPROVEMENTS TO BETTER PREPARE DEPLOYING UNITS TO SUPPORT IW OPERATIONS.
J. COMMUNICATE AND ADVOCATE IW PLANS AND POLICIES IN COORDINATION WITH 
OPNAV N5 WAR ON TERROR OFFICE.
K. COMMUNICATE AND ADVOCATE LONG TERM IW REQUIREMENTS TO THE OPNAV 
STAFF IN COORDINATION WITH THE OPNAV IW CROSS-FUNCTIONAL TEAM.
L. PROMULGATE AN IW CONCEPT (IN COORDINATION WITH THE OPNAV STAFF) TO 
BE USED AS THE BASIS FOR USFF DEVELOPMENT OF FLEET CONCEPT OF 
OPERATIONS FOR THE IW MISSION.
M. ADVOCATE OPERATIONAL CONCEPTS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR FLEET-WIDE 
INTEGRATION.
N. COORDINATE WITH NAVY, GOVERNMENT, AND OTHER AGENCY LABORATORIES 
(DARPA, ETC) AND UNIVERSITIES FOR IW CAPABILITY INNOVATION AND 
ADVANCEMENT.
7. RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL J. C. HARVEY, JR., DIRECTOR, NAVY STAFF.// 
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