A plan that would establish five joint Reserve virtual information operations and information assurance organizations (JRVIOs) has been approved by Rudy de Leon, deputy secretary of Defense.
The plan is designed to ensure that American warfighters dominate the computer information domain in future conflicts. The JRVIOs will directly support the department's five key information operations agencies and joint commands, making maximum use of reservists' technological skills, regardless of their physical location.
"Information operations has emerged as an area that is extremely well suited to integration of Reserve capabilities," said de Leon. "Members of the Reserve and National Guard are often way ahead by the very nature of their civilian employment, trained in their workplaces to exploit technology."
A total of 182 Reserve component officers and enlisted will staff the five JRVIOs for fiscal 2001 and 2002. The numbers in each organization will vary. From fiscal 2003 to 2007, the total number of JRVIO personnel is expected to expand to more than 600.
The five information operations agencies the JRVIOs will support are the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Joint Task Force - Computer Network Defense, both in Arlington, Va.; the National Security Agency and the Information Operations Technical Center, both at Fort Meade, Md., and the Joint Information Operations Center, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas.
This initiative is a result of a two-year, DoD-wide collaborative effort, called the Reserve Component Employment 2005 Study, which formulated recommendations to the secretary of Defense for new and better ways to employ the Reserve forces and foster better integration in the Total Force. The study included participants from the active, Reserve and National Guard components of the Services and representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the unified combatant commands and DoD combat support agencies.
"With the creation of the JRVIOs, we move another step closer in achieving the full integration of the Reserve and Active components," said Charles L. Cragin, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. "This integration is not just happening in missions for land, sea, air and space, it is taking place at all levels and in all practices throughout the department."
JRVIO unit administrators will recruit officers and enlisted personnel from the Reserve and National Guard who possess the appropriate information operations and information assurance knowledge, experience or training. Reserve and Guard members interested in joining the JRVIO may locate the points of contact in January 2001 by visiting the Reserve Affairs web site, http://dod.mil/ra .
News representatives seeking more information may call Army National Guard Col. Terry Jones, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, (703) 693-8617.