Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme hosts NR&DE cybersecurity meeting

Lori Zipes, NSWC Panama City Division. Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE) cyber integrated product team (IPT) leaders face-to face meeting at NSWC Port Hueneme Division. (U.S. Navy photo by Marco Hinahon/Released)
April 17, 2019

On March 26, Technical Director Paul Mann (NSWC PHD) opened the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE) Cyber Integrated Product Team (IPT) leaders face-to face meeting at NSWC Port Hueneme Division.

“This event provides a tremendous opportunity for collaboration and high velocity learning to meet the strategic priority of cybersecurity across all networks and systems utilized by the U.S. Navy fleet,” Mann said. “Cybersecurity is a critical aspect of our national defense, and every person here serves as a leader in the cadre of cyber warriors, fighting to defend our nation’s assets and resources in the maritime and information domains. Together, we can ensure the security of our fleet forces and homeland defense through the advancement of cyber-secure technologies and capabilities.

Lori Zipes, from NSWC Panama City Division, stated why she is attending her third cyber IPT lead face to face meeting, “Collaboration is a key factor. We’re here to discuss common problems and how we can solve them together, and I would like to thank NSWC PHD for hosting this event.”

The face to face meetings provided an environment to build collaborative opportunities and share solutions of present and future challenges, cyber workforce hiring and retention, and data integration of multiple naval systems. The attendees represented numerous commands, including Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific, Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic, Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Office of Naval Intelligence.

Jara Tripiano, NIWC Pacific said, “The cyber problem is bigger than any one lab can do on their own. We need to ensure that we’re building upon what each other’s doing and not repeating each other, that our collaboration will lead to advancements in our capabilities more quickly for the warfighter. That collaboration is manifested in our bi-weekly conference calls to exchange ideas, update our situational awareness and to keep us up to speed with what’s going on across our community and continue our collaboration. Having face to face meetings provide us the opportunity to can sit down and recalibrate, figure out the next things we want to attack together.”

The Cyber Leads IPT group was formed in June 2016 by Dr. John Burrow, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation, SSC PAC. Its purpose is to catalog cyber technology priorities, identify existing and planned cyber capabilities, discuss common challenges, and provide recommendations to better position the NR&DE for the future. This group shares knowledge and fosters collaboration among the commands.

NR&DE is focused on maturing new technologies from naval science and technology into acquisition programs of record. This continuum of science, research, development, testing, and evaluation ultimately fosters good ideas in the lab to become new capabilities for naval warfighters.

The NISE 219 Program was established by a Navy Policy Memorandum dated September 30, 2009 as a result of Section 219 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act, which authorized the use of funding for innovative basic and applied research for military missions, development programs to transition the research to operational use and to fund workforce development activities.