In NNSOC, the fleet now has a single point of contact for connectivity and network operations.
Q: What are the greatest challenges in meeting the operational fleet's demand for telecommunications services and tactical information today, and how will NNSOC address those issues?
NNSOC has a major role to play in helping fleet communicators articulate their requirements and understand what information is truly important.
NNSOC and its predecessor organizations--the Naval Space Surveillance Center and Naval Space Command--have played a central role in monitoring objects orbiting the Earth since the beginning of the space age in support of fleet operations, manned space missions and defense of the homeland.
For example, NNSOC currently functions as the Satellite Systems Expert for UHF satellite communications for the Department of Defense.
The challenge for NNSOC down the road will be to determine how best to use and develop that human resource smartly and in ways that can benefit the Navy in the joint environment.
Q: Has the organizational change that created NNSOC actually weakened the Navy's involvement in space?
Clearly, network operations have been in the spotlight for us in the first year and a half since we stood up NNSOC.
While these developments have brought about significant changes in mission focus for NNSOC, I don't believe they diminished Navy's bigger involvement in space.
On balance, when you look at NNSOC today compared to what Naval Space Command was doing five years ago, I'm not personally convinced that we're doing that much less in space than NAVSPACECOM was then.
Q: Will the establishment of NNSOC generate new career development opportunities or choices for Sailors in the IT rating or officers in the new Information Professional community?
I believe that NNSOC is an organization that can offer a unique opportunity for them to develop their expertise.