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IWTC Virginia Beach Strengthens Navy Partnerships with Japan

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By Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. Rear Adm. Tateki Tawara, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) general director for C4I, and Capt. Tuan Pham, commander of Naval Forces Japan assistant chief of staff for intelligence, visited Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach, June 26.

Lt. Cmdr. Brielle Adamovich, executive officer of IWTC Virginia Beach, had the privilege of hosting the distinguished visitors. Adamovich was accompanied by Master Chief Intelligence Specialist Matthew Rodriquez, command senior enlisted leader, IWTC Virginia Beach information warfare (IW) officers and civilians who are subject matter experts in their courses of instruction.

The purpose of the visit was to identify training models IWTC Virginia Beach may provide Japan for further development of their IW capabilities. JMSDF is in the process of developing an IW enterprise within an ambitious timeline. This visit continues an ongoing collaboration between the Navy and JMSDF.

Adamovich provided Tawara and other visitors a presentation highlighting the IW training pipeline for both accession-level students and experienced IW professionals. The delegation subsequently toured the facilities, viewed classrooms, received a brief synopsis from instructors demonstrating the progression of officer and enlisted training from basic to advanced courses. The visit concluded with an exchange of command coins.

Tawara thanked IWTC Virginia Beach for hosting this visit.

"Despite the challenges of the JMSDF to modify our IW enterprise, our visit today shows a mutual understanding of the challenges ahead and I will report to the JMSDF chief of naval operations of this fruitful discussion," shared Tawara.

Adamovich thanked Tawara and acknowledged the opportunity for future joint training.

"In the U.S.-Japan alliance, IW community cooperation is essential," said Adamovich. "We would be honored if any of the lessons learned here at IWTC Virginia Beach could aid the furthering of Japan's IW training enterprise."

IWTC Virginia Beach, located in Dam Neck Annex, currently offers 65 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology, and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 280 military, civilian, and contractors who train over 6,500 students every year. It is one of four schoolhouses for Center for Information Warfare Training and oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning IW community training.

With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command's top learning center for the past three years. Training over 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community.

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