The Third Annual Marine Corps Association (MCA) Information Awards Dinner, conducted by the Deputy Commandant for Information (DC I), recognized Marines, civilians and units from across the Corps for their superior performance that makes an impact in the Information Environment (IE) , April. 14th, 2022.
The Information Awards Dinner recognized recipients of 16 individual awards and 3 unit awards selected from information communities including Intelligence, Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4), Cyber, Psychological Operations (PSYOP), Space, Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, Communication Strategy and Operations (COMMSTRAT) and Civil Affairs (CA).
DC I convened a panel of senior field officers, senior Marines and civilian Marines to review nominations and select award winners. The eligible period of service was January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
A complete list of information award recipients with associated award winner biographies can be found at the following link: https://mca-marines.org/information-award-recipient-biographies/
“This is now the third edition of this informational dinner recognizing excellence,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Chiarotti (ret.), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Corps Association. “We’re here to do exactly what Lt. General Lejeune said in 1913.
The call for nomination was requested on December 20, 2021 via MARADMIN 719/21 and an official notice of selection was published on March 18, 2022 via MARADMIN 122/22.
“There have certainly been many shifts in the Marine Corps’ grand ideas and plans, but the Marines and civilians here have made it happen, gotten results, and tonight is about celebrating their accomplishments,” said Lt. Gen. Glavy, DC ICH .
The guest of honor at the event was John Sherman, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Defense (DoD). The Department of Defense CIO is the Principal Staff Assistant and Senior Information Technology Advisor to the Secretary of Defense. This role includes overseeing many national security and defense business systems, managing information assets and identifying efficiencies. It is responsible for all matters relating to the department’s information company.
“As we deal with information, data, technology and intelligence, we live in a new battlefield,” explained Mr. Sherman. “Your job and what you’re doing so well is getting this technology, this data, this new kind of innovation where it needs to be because that’s what’s going to win here in the 21st century.”
Information award recipients shall have expertise in the use of information by the seventh warfare function to plan and conduct operations for the purpose of creating and utilizing information advantages in pursuit of mission objectives in each area of warfare during the period of service eligible for consideration of the award proven.
“It’s going to be about knowledge, it’s going to be about giving commanders an informational advantage, a decisional advantage so we can get ahead of those opponents so we can react faster with better intelligence,” Sherman said in reference to the future fight. “Yeah, it’s still about the fighting, it’s still about the indirect fire and all the other things that make the Marine Corps deadly, but the lethality will also come from what you’re all doing in intelligence.”
All Marine Corps units generate, preserve, deny, and project information to create and exploit three types of informational advantage (systems transgression, dominant narrative, and enforced resilience) to achieve goals. The Marine Corps defines information advantage as an exploitable condition resulting from one actor’s ability to generate, preserve, deny, and project information more effectively than another.
Mr. Sherman also said: “I am so impressed by what the Commander and Deputy Commander of the Marine Corps see coming with new doctrines and new ways that the Marine Corps will be ready to fight new enemies or challengers in the 21st century. Century.”
The Marine Corps is scheduled to release Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 8, Information, within the next 30 days, which serves as the keystone of service doctrine and describes the purpose and mechanics of the Information Warfighting function.
The MCA Information Awards Dinner in April. Celebrating its third annual event on October 14, 2022, the annual event recognizes individuals from all communities united in the information warfare function. Gen. Robert Neller, 37th commander of the Marine Corps, first recognized intelligence as the seventh warfare capability on January 17, 2019.
|Date of recording:||04/15/2022|
|Release Date:||04/15/2022 22:45|
|Location:||ARLINGTON, VA, USA|
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