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Watch the short video segments above and download this Event Overview to learn what you missed at the Network-Centric Warfare: Next Steps Toward Achieving the Vision Event.

In 1998, Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski and John J. Garstka wrote a watershed article articulating a vision for network-centric warfare. Network-centric warfare, they wrote, was “a revolution in military affairs unlike any seen since the Napoleonic Age.” It would enable what they called speed of command—tactical decision-making based on real-time access to information about the battlespace.

How close are we to achieving that vision? Without a doubt, the battlespace—sea, air, land, and cyberspace—is networked like never before, and information superiority is understood as essential to military success. Nonetheless, progress toward the full realization of network-centric warfare has been hampered by technical and cultural challenges that have kept information locked in stovepipes.

Download the Event Overview to read about the current vision of network-centric warfare and how the department and Navy/Marine Corps are looking to achieve it.

Featured Speakers

  • Bill Bonwit
  • Department Head for the Command and Control (C2) Department of the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific)
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    Mr. Bonwit is the Department Head for the Command and Control (C2) Department of the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific). His department is responsible for full spectrum support to a variety of Naval, Joint, Coalition, and National command, control, intelligence, tactical datalink, and business and force support systems. With over 700 scientists, engineers, and technicians in the department, Mr. Bonwit’s team provides services to numerous commands ashore and afloat, inclusive of Naval and Coast Guard fleet units, Acquisition Program Offices, Combatant Commanders, and National level offices within the Department of Defense. His Department provides a broad spectrum of services from prototyping to system engineering, integration, test and evaluation, certification, configuration management, deployment, training, and long term support.

    Mr. Bonwit has held a number of positions at SSC Pacific that support C2 initiatives. He began his civil service career as the Naval Ocean Systems Center Project Manager for technical support provided to Joint Interagency Task Force West. He has also been a Project Manager at SSC Pacific for a variety of command and intelligence systems including Ocean Surveillance Information System (OSIS) Evolutionary Development (OED), the Operations Intelligence Workstation, the INFOSEC Compartmented Mode Workstation, and a national level command and control system. He has managed several groups of scientists and engineers supporting a wide array of programs including Global Command and Control System – Maritime (GCCS-M), GCCS-J/I3, a Joint Staff command and control system, Network Centric Computing, Naval Mission Planning Systems, and Hawaii Operational Command and Intelligence Centers.

    Mr. Bonwit earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1978, and a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1984. His operational naval assignments were aboard USS COCHRANE (DDG-21) as Main Propulsion Assistant and Navigator, USS FANNING (FF-1076) as Engineer Officer, and USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) as Damage Control Assistant. Mr. Bonwit’s final tour of active duty was performed at the Naval Ocean Systems Center in San Diego, where he chaired SPAWAR’s Warfare System Architecture and Engineering C3I Working Group. After leaving active duty, he remained in the Naval Reserve, serving in a variety of positions including N6 (C4I directorate) at Inshore Undersea Warfare Group ONE.

  • Captain Robert Croxson
  • Program Manager, Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program Office (PMA/PMW-101), U.S. Navy
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    A native of Flint, Michigan, Captain Croxson is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, concurrently commissioned in the United States Navy on 19 June 1992 through the NROTC Program at the University of Michigan.

    Designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1994 at NAS Pensacola, Florida and was trained as an EA-6B Electronic Counter Measures Officer (ECMO) at VAQ-129 in Whidbey Island, Washington and assigned to VAQ-135 in June of 1995. While with the “Black Ravens”, he was the NATOPS Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, CMEO, and Prowler Tactics Instructor (PTI). He completed three deployments to the Western Pacific on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-74).

    Leaving Whidbey Island in 1999, he joined VX-9 in China Lake, California. He was assigned as the Foreign Military Exploitation (FME) Officer, EA-6B ICAP III Project Officer, and TEAMS Officer. During his tour with the “Vampires” CAPT Croxson was selected to attend the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School and graduated with Class 120 in December 2001.

    CAPT Croxson was assigned to Strike Aircraft Test Squadron where he was the Lead project officer for the ICAP III project during intial development and test of the future of Airborne Electronic Attack.

    He then reported to the Patriots of VAQ-140 as a dept head and completed two deployements, one combat deployment onboard the USS George Washington (CVN-73) supporting OIF and OEF and one in an expeditionary role in Iwakuni Japan supporting PACOM force structure requirements.

    After his department head tour, he transferred to CVWP to lead the ICAP III Fleet Introduction Team during the initial fielding of the newest EA-6B ICAP III aircraft. During his tenure at CVWP, his team successfully trained and equipped two new ICAP III squadrons and transitioned them to the ICAP III BLK 2 which incorporated MIDS and brought the EA-6B community into the link arena.

    He then volunteered for a one year Individual Augmentee (IA) mission to help support the Army and Marine Corps against the RCIED threat in Iraq. He spent 11 months in western Iraq as part of JCCS-1 working as the MNF-W CREW Operations Officer directing 55 members of the JCCS-1 team. During that time period the threat from RCIEDs was almost completely eliminated.

    Upon returning from Iraq, he returned once again to Strike now renamed VX-23 and combined the EA-6B and EA-18G shops into a single efficient Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) center of excellence. In addition, he managed the combined test teams which transitioned the EA-18G program from Developmental Test to Operational Test.

    He completed his tour with PMA 265 as the SCS Lvl II co-lead in charge of software for the fleet of 1,500 F/A-18A-F and EA-18G aircraft and was assigned to PMA 234 as the Next Generation Jammer Level I IPT Lead.

    In May 2015, CAPT Croxson assumed command of the Multifunctional Information Distiribution System (MIDS) Program Office (PMA/PMW-101) as the Program Manger. PMA/PMW-101 is an Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1C program assigned to Program Executive Office Tactical Aircraft Programs. MIDS develops, fields and supports interoperable, affordable and secure tactical data link and programmable networking technologies and capabilities for the Joint, Coalition and International warfighter. MIDS products support airborne, maritime, and fixed station platforms with a multi-band, multi-mode, networkable, software definable radio system satisfying existing and future requirements for DoD Joint Interoperability. MIDS consists of two efforts, MIDS Low Volume Terminal (LVT) and MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS). MIDS-LVT is a multinational cooperative program governed by the MIDS Program Memorandum of Understanding (PMOU), signed by each cooperating nation including the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. MIDS JTRS builds upon existing MIDS-LVT technology and product base for its Link 16, voice, and TACAN functionality and brings in a software-driven multi-channel architecture to provide the capabilities to the warfighter. MIDS JTRS is an evolutionary acquisition program that enables future capabilities and technology insertion via an open systems architecture.

    CAPT Croxson has over 3,000 hours of flight time in 30 different aircraft, of which over 2,200 are in the EA-6B. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, Navy Meritorious Service Medals (two awards), Air Medal Strike/Flight (five awards), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with combat “V” (three awards), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals (two awards) and various other personal and unit awards. He is a life time member of The United States Naval Institute, Association of Old Crows, Tailhook Association, and a member of the TPS Alumni Association.

    CAPT Croxson and his wife, Deborah, live in San Diego, California with their sons Robert and John.

  • Rear Admiral David H. Lewis (Keynote Speaker)
  • Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), U.S. Navy
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    Rear Admiral David Lewis was born at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, and commissioned in 1979 through the Navy ROTC Program at the University of Nebraska. As the SPAWAR commander, he leads a global workforce of 9,700 civilian and military personnel who design, develop and deploy advanced communications and information capabilities.

    At sea, Lewis has served aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as communications officer, where he earned his Surface Warfare qualification; USS Biddle (CG 34) as fire control officer and missile battery officer; and USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as combat systems officer. His major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding Program manager in Program Executive Office Ships, where he led the delivery of seven DDG 51 class ships and procured another 10 ships.

    Lewis’ shore assignments include assistant chief of staff for Maintenance and Engineering, commander, Naval Surface Forces; the Navy Secretariat staff; Naval Sea Systems Command staff; Aegis Shipbuilding Program Office; supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath; and Readiness Support Group, San Diego.

    Upon selection to flag rank in 2009, Lewis served as vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and then served four years as program executive officer, ships, where he directed the delivery of 18 ships and procurement of another 51 ships.

    Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Lewis’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.

  • Greg Shaffer
  • Assistant Chief Engineer, Mission Engineering, National Competency Lead ISR/IO, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
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    Mr. Shaffer serves as the Assistant Chief Engineer, Mission Engineering, at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Headquarters where he is responsible for establishing engineering policy and processes and providing direct engineering support to PEO C4I, PEO EIS and PEO Space Systems acquisition programs. He is the authority in the area of systems engineering and systems-of-systems engineering. He is also the SPAWAR national competency lead for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and Information Operations (IO). As the SPAWAR chief engineer’s deputy warranting officer for mission engineering, he is responsible for implementing and exercising technical authority in the ISR and IO domain.

    Mr. Shaffer began his federal career in 1990 as a software engineer on the Anti-Submarine Warfare Fire Control System program for the undersea warfare community at the Naval Ocean Systems Center, now the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in San Diego, California. He led a variety of technical projects developing innovative capabilities for the Navy, Special Operations, and the Intelligence Community. He led the technical development of several capabilities supporting National Systems.

    In April 2005, Mr. Shaffer was selected as the Manager of the Information Operations Division at SSC Pacific. The division focused on basic research and emerging technologies used in maritime surveillance, signals processing and exploitation, data correlation and fusion, electronic warfare, information operations, and military deception for a variety of Navy, Joint, National, and Intelligence Community sponsors. In September 2008, Mr. Shaffer was selected as the Deputy Department Head for the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Information Operations Department.

    Mr. Shaffer was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2011 as the Head of the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Information Operations Department at SSC Pacific. He led a diverse and highly technical team of over 600 scientists, engineers, technical specialists, and administrative staff members. He was responsible for an annual budget of $400 million supporting research, development, acquisition, test and evaluation in the intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and information operations domains.

    Mr. Shaffer received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from San Diego State University in 1998 and a Master of Science in Software Engineering from National University in 1990. He received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2010.

  • Steve Soules
  • Executive Vice President and Lead, Navy/Marine Corps C4ISR, Defense & Intelligence Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
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    Steve Soules is an Executive Vice President in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Defense & Intelligence business leading the firm’s C4ISR initiative and directly supporting USN and USMC organizations. With over 30 years of professional experience in operational research and analysis, Mr. Soules designs automated tools that assist in conducting architecture analysis of integrated systems and capabilities based portfolios. He provides operational, technical, programmatic, and performance analyses of integrated architectures and systems. He serves as the Local General Manager for Booz Allen’s western region offices including San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco.

  • Greg Wenzel
  • Executive Vice President and Lead, Digital Solutions/C4ISR, Strategic Innovation Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
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    Greg Wenzel is an Executive Vice President and lead of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) Digital Solutions initiative focused on the Internet of Things (IOT) delivering modular agile solutions that integrate deep understanding of mission and systems development with the latest technologies in social, mobile, and cloud computing. Currently he is focused on the consumer/interactive aspects to create new solutions for Digital Citizen (G2C), Warrior (C4ISR), and Workforce (Health) clients. He has a deep understanding in the DoD C4ISR mission area and Enterprise Integration leveraging API Design and Management.

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