The US Navy has launched a Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG) reserve unit during a ceremony held at Club Meade.
The NCWDG reserve unit has been created to provide support in acquisitions, programme and project management, research and development, and technical expertise. It serves as the US Navy’s Center for Cyber Warfare innovation.
US Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) deputy commander rear admiral James Butler said: “We at US Fleet Cyber Command are determined to increase our competitive advantages over our nation’s adversaries by focusing on our capabilities, processes, and most importantly, our people.
“This new reserve unit will leverage reservists’ skill sets to support the active duty NCWDG component and its overall mission to test and deliver advanced cyber, cryptologic and electronic warfare capabilities to the navy.”
Orders for the new NCWDG unit commenced at the beginning of this month. Before this assignment, the unit’s sailors and marines were operating as an NCWDG directorate within the FCC / US 10th Fleet (C10F) reserve structure.
The sailors and marines will still focus on providing new capabilities to FCC / C10F and US Cyber Command (USCC).
NCWDG reserve unit commanding officer captain James Lee said: “I’m really pleased that we can harness reserve skill sets to augment key active duty and command capabilities.”
FCC / C10F reserve component director captain Michael Tanner stated that the establishment of the new unit will enable assigning reservists with the right experience dedicated to NCWDG’s mission.
The NCWDG reserve unit brings together different designators from across the navy, including engineering duty and information warfare officers.
NCWDG, which is an Echelon III Command reporting to the US FCC, conducts technical research and development to create, test and deliver advanced cyber, cryptologic and electronic warfare capabilities to the navy.
Military and civilian personnel at NCWDG conduct testing of new cyberspace capabilities in order to meet the strategic and operational goals of fleet and combatant commanders.