The Organizational View of the Recommended Operations Information and Space Command
A major benefit of the recommended new functional type commander, Operations Information and Space (see Chapter 7, Section 7.7.2), is to make permanent the process of the naval forces’ change to network-centric operations. In the proposed reorganization (Figure F.1), the functional type commander, Operations Information and Space, would report to the fleet commanders and would be the focal point for all network-centric operational support matters involving fleet operations. This would ensure a single point of contact for fleet support operations and provide a focus for the real-time allocation of assets for information operations. Reconfiguration of networks ashore or afloat could be managed in real time worldwide, and computer network defense, or offense, would be enhanced. The command should have a single operations center providing visibility of all ashore and afloat networks used by the Navy.
The commander should also serve as the community manager for the entire cadre of information operations specialists, both officer and enlisted, including personnel now in each of the following commands: Commander Naval Security Group Command, Commander Naval Space Command, Commander Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and so on as shown in Figure F.1.
The proposed reorganization would remove the above commanders from the direct control of the Chief of Naval Operations and shift that control to the fleet commanders. These considerable resources would then be directly available to the fleets, and information operations personnel would focus more directly on fleet operations.