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Team CIWT Participates in OPNAV-led Integrated Agile Team Workshop

12 May 2021

From Glenn Sircy, Center for Information Warfare Training

Six staff members from the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain recently participated in a Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV)-led Conduct Formal Training Course Integrated Agile Team Integrated Workshop.

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Six staff members from the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) domain recently participated in a Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV)-led Conduct Formal Training Course Integrated Agile Team Integrated Workshop.

The purpose of this particular workshop was to discuss objectives for future training to include current challenges and identify opportunities for transformation.

CIWT domain participants included Janet Riesberg, CIWT testing officer; Information Systems Technician 1st Class Christian Miranda, Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) San Diego instructor; Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Kyle Daniels, IWTC Corry Station instructor; Terri Dizon, IWTC Corry Station course manager; David Williams, IWTC Virginia Beach training specialist; and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Deshonia Barnes, IWTC Virginia Beach Intelligence Specialist "A" School department head.

Other stakeholders and subject matter experts included participants from Center for Security Forces; Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) Training and Development (N7); Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving; NETC Program Integration (N9); Naval Leadership and Ethics Center; Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training; Naval Medical Forces Support Command; Navy Recruiting Command; Officer Candidate School; Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering; Officer Training Command; Naval Aerospace Medical Institute; Recruit Training Command; Naval Aviation Schools Command; Senior Enlisted Academy; Naval Chaplaincy School and Center; Submarine Learning Center; NETC Information Management and Technology (N6); and Surface Warfare Officers School.

The purpose of the Conduct Formal Training process is to describe the conduct of a formal training course, whether instructor-led or self-paced, and the recording of class discrepancies that may or may not result in the loss of training events. The process begins when the training roster is received at the learning site. The process concludes when training is completed.

The Navy is continuously evaluating and evolving how Sailors get the right training at the right time throughout their careers. Workshops such as this one helps identify and employ modernized content and multiple delivery options to accelerate learning, minimize atrophy, and provide on-the-job performance support. In addition, Integrated Agile Teams (IAT) help with significant reductions in the cost and time for getting the most relevant training to the fleet, thereby increasing agility, improving individual performance and enhancing mission readiness in a rapidly changing world.

The IATs work with functional stakeholders to review existing Navy processes, explore the user experience, and reimagine the way the Navy does business. The work of the IAT results in significant redesign of business processes that results in increased productivity, quality and reduced costs.

The IATs primary responsibilities include 1) Design Thinking, where they guide conversation to capture perspective of end user and elicit functional requirements to support business process reengineering; 2) Business Process Modeling, where they identify steps performed to include users and how information flows between organizations; 3) Requirements Gathering, where they define actions, processing, calculations, and data necessary to accomplish business functions; and 4) Costing Information, where they provide efficiency realized through transformed business processes.

During a detailed IAT approach, participants define, design, develop and implement. IATs work with Business Design Owners and functional teams to understand current processes, pain points, and opportunities for transformation. IATs also produce functional requirements, business process models, and documentation that supports change management across the enterprise.

With four schoolhouse commands, a detachment, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT trains approximately 26,000 students every year, delivering 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.

NETC, led by Rear Adm. Peter Garvin, is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. Through its “Street to Fleet” focus, NETC recruits civilians and transforms them into skilled warfighters ready to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. Navy.

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