Sidney native conducts information warfare for U.S. Navy

By Lt. Charity Edgar - Navy Office of Community Outreach

FORT MEADE, Md. — A 2009 Lehman High School graduate and 2013 Life University graduate helps protect America by delivering information warfare capabilities to the U.S. Navy as a member of Cryptologic Warfare Group Six.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Adams is an intelligence specialist.

“I do cyber intelligence,” said the Sidney native.

Adams plays a crucial role in defending against threats in support of the command’s mission to deliver information warfare capabilities, such as signals intelligence and cyberspace operations, to the Navy fleet and joint forces.

Information technology advances at a staggering pace. Practically all major systems on ships, aircraft, submarines and unmanned vehicles are networked to some degree. This includes most combat, communications, engineering and navigation systems. While connectivity provides the military with speed, agility and precision, it also opens numerous attack opportunities for adept cyber adversaries.

There is an inextricable linkage between signals intelligence and cyber operations. Signals intelligence helps inform operational commanders and forward-deployed operational units in real time about the actions of adversaries and feeds directly into the Navy’s understanding of cyber actors and their potential actions.

“Given today’s environment of continuous growth in the information and technology realms, our information warfare missions have never been more important. I’m extremely proud of the sailors and extended team who make our mission possible every day,” said Cryptologic Warfare Group Six Commander Capt. Joe J. Johnson.

Members of the information warfare community like Adams support the Navy’s ability to maintain power projection, sea control and maritime superiority.

“I wanted an adventure. I wanted to serve and have opportunities I wouldn’t get elsewhere,” said Adams, whose father is a Navy veteran. “It seemed interesting to me to work in the intelligence field.”

The sailor also said he is proud to serve at the forefront of technology innovation and cyber operations, helping to protect America from threats around the world.

“The training, experiences and life lessons are all meaningful,” said Adams, who was recently recognized with a promotion through the meritorious advancement program.

The future of U.S. maritime power depends on the Navy’s ability to achieve its vision for cyberspace operations, which is based on careful consideration of the threats, trends and challenges in cyberspace. The men and women of Cryptologic Warfare Group Six and Navy Information Warfare team stand ready to provide outstanding support to meet the Navy’s mission on a global scale.

By Lt. Charity Edgar

Navy Office of Community Outreach