Sunday, December 21, 2014

Joint Forces Headquarters - Chief of Staff

CAPT Chad F. Acey
Chief of Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters 

Captain Chad Francis Acey grew up in Federal Way, Washington, and entered the Navy as a Special Duty Officer (Cryptology) in 1989. He reported to US Fleet Cyber Command/Commander TENTH Fleet (FCC/C10F) in December 2013, serving as the Chief of Staff of the Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber FLTCYBER and responsible for command and control of Cyber Mission Force operational teams.

In his most recent assignment, CAPT Acey was a Senior Operations Officer (SOO) in the National Security Agency's National Security Operations Center (NSA NSOC), responsible for managing NSA's Global Cryptologic Enterprise. Prior to serving as NSOC SOO, CAPT Acey served as the Deputy of the NSOC Operations Staff, responsible for developing and implementing effective processes, procedures and capabilities to drive time sensitive mission management of the worldwide Cryptologic Enterprise.

Before reporting to NSOC, CAPT Acey served as the Deputy Director, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Strategic Actions Group, developing the Navy Service Chief's engagement plan with internal and external stakeholders, preparing him for annual Navy posture hearings before Congress, providing independent assessment on a myriad of concerns to Navy as a whole, and serving as his quick reaction team on any and all issues. CAPT Acey was specifically responsible for providing the CNO insight into all information-related issues (including SIGINT, Computer Network Operations, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, and Networks) which assisted in CNO's decision to create a consolidated headquarters element (Deputy CNO for Information Dominance (N2/N6)) and Navy's Component Commander to USCYBERCOM (Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet). Prior to serving at the Pentagon, CAPT Acey served in multiple capacities with the Navy and in Operations at Menwith Hill Station, including serving as the Navy Commanding Officer and as the Deputy Chief of Mission Operations. CAPT Acey's operational Navy assignments include serving as the Cryptologic Resources Coordinator of NIMITZ (CVN 68) Strike Group, as Cryptologic and Electronic Warfare Officer for SPRUANCE (DD 963), and as Operations Watch Officer and Submarine Direct Support Element Division Officer while stationed in Misawa, Japan. Additionally, CAPT Acey served as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative, focusing on Radio Frequency attack prototype development.

CAPT Acey earned an MS in Applied Physics (Space Systems Engineering Curriculum) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1996. CAPT Acey's undergraduate degree is a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Naval Academy in 1989. He also graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in 2002, the Navy Corporate Business Course in 2007, the National Security Space Institute Space 300 Course in 2008, and the Navy War College Seminar Program in 1999. CAPT Acey is a member of the Navy Acquisition Professional Community and the Navy Space Cadre and is qualified as both an Information Dominance Warfare Officer and as a Surface Warfare Officer.

From the FCC.NAVY.MIL website

Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Fatal Flaws That Derail Leaders

From Lolly Daskal, President and CEO, Lead From Within

1. Not setting the example.

2. Not having a strong vision.
3. Not building people skills.
4. Not communicating.
5. Delegating badly or not at all.


6. Forgetting your mistakes.

7. Not fostering emotional intelligence.
8. Ignoring your team's development.
9. Losing your inspiration.
10. Lowering your standards.
11. Resisting change.
12. Letting integrity and honesty slide.

All the details are HERE.
P.S. 1, 10, and 12 are unforgivable.

Friday, December 19, 2014

These are shaping up to be the FCC / C10F strategic goals for 2015

The CNO's presentation of the Navy Unit Commendation and outlook on cyber warfare speaks to the value the FCC/C10F team brings to Navy and joint commanders, which, looking ahead, will be measured based on its ability to:

  • Operate the Navy Network as a war fighting platform;
  • Provide tailored signals intelligence (SIGINT) to supported commanders and the National Security Agency/Central Security Service; 
  • Deliver war fighting effects;
  • Create and share cyber situational awareness; and 
  • Provide certified Cyber Mission Forces to U.S. Cyber Command.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My soapbox - writing in 'longhand'

You can read about it HERE.  They were reading my mind.  I have 5 boxes (100 each) of Crane envelopes stamped and ready to go with notecards for 2015.  My postage stamp guy sent me 100 Admiral Chester Nimitz 50 cent stamps and about 400 John Paul Jones stamps.  I am prepared to write.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This gem of a book is free - TAKING CHARGE by MGen Perry Smith

... "There is a reason why this is a valuable book: its messages jump out at the reader, not only because they are unmistakably authentic, coming from the mind of a man who has been there himself, but because they also come from the pen of a natural teacher. Perry Smith has a feel for what kind of questions will arise in the minds of his audience and answers them as he goes along. Major General Smith was a "teaching" Commandant of the National War College who could regularly be found in front of a classroom explaining complex things in simple, understandable terms to genuinely interested listeners. He is a master of the art of explanation, which means he is also a master of the art of teaching, which almost always means, as it does in this case, that he is a natural leader as well."

Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale

Link to the book is HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Said no DH, ever ...

"XO, I sincerely appreciate all your help with my department."

Said no CO, ever ...

"I have all the resources I need."

Best of her time - A cryptologist worthy of our considerable attention

One of the best cryptanalysts of her time, Agnes Meyer Driscoll, worked for the Navy as a civilian and was recruited into the Navy as a Yeoman Chief Petty Officer. Known to some as "Miss Aggie" and "Madame X", she was a math and music teacher before joining the Navy in 1918. The Navy introduced her to her life's work in cryptology.

Following World War I, except for a few years in the 1920s when she worked for another cryptographic pioneer, Edward Hebern, Agnes continued in cryptology with the Navy and other organizations (including NSA) for the rest of her career. She is credited with making breaks into most of the Japanese naval codes (JN25) that OP-20-G worked on. 

An interesting side note, she was responsible for training Joseph Rochefort and Laurence Stafford, who would lead the OP-20-G during World War II.

In the Navy, she was without peer as a cryptanalyst. Some of her pupils, like Ham Wright, were more able mathematicians but she had taught cryptanalysis to all of them, and none ever questioned her talent and determination in breaking and ciphers.

Among her uniformed naval colleagues, she was held in the highest esteem throughout her long career, which continued from the office of naval communication to the Armed Forces Security Agency, and then to the National Security Agency.

She was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in 1971 beside her husband Michael Driscoll, a DC lawyer and veteran of WWI.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What can be more important?


Thanks for your continuing engagement on the vital issue of leadership -- at the end of the day, what can be more important to our Navy and our nation?"

Admiral James Stavridis

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Imperfect boss

"Bosses who think they’re great, are the most frightening. It’s usually the strongest leaders who have the lowest tolerance for their bosses’ bungles. Strong leaders think, “I’d never treat MY team THAT way...which PROVES he’s a jerk.” The truth is, he’s just an imperfect human doing the best he can. Just like you."

Karin Hurt
Multiplier of the Year
Selected by the Wiseman Group


Friday, December 12, 2014

VADM Jan E. Tighe - U.S. Fleet Cyber Command: Answering the Evolving Threat

While much is in the news about the national mission and U.S. Cyber Command, the military services’ roles in supporting CYBERCOM as well as their own forces is often less understood. Please join us for a discussion with VADM Tighe about the evolution of the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command to support strategic and operational missions to overcome the challenges of increasingly advanced cyber threats. The discussion will cover a range of technical and organizational approaches being advanced, and how they aid in 10th Fleet's broad mission as the Navy’s operational authority for cyber, networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence, information operations, electronic warfare, and space capabilities.

YouTube Video is HERE.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Said no XO, ever...

"I'm completely caught up."

New Executive Officer at Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group - Deputy Commander of Task Force 1090

Commander Donovan Oubre recently relieved Captain (select) Boswyck Offord as the Executive Officer of NCWDG and Deputy Commander, Task Force TEN NINETY. Captain Offord will report to OPNAV N2N6F3 in the new year.

NCWDG (TF1090), as the Navy's Center for Cyber Warfare innovation, is a command of about 210 Sailors and civilians directed by TENTHFLT/ FLTCYBERCOM to discover and exploit adversary vulnerabilities and deliver cyber tactics and capabilities to the Fleet.

Captain Andy Stewart is the Commanding Officer of NCWDG and Commander, Task Force TEN NINETY.
DISL Diane Gronewold (Captain, USN, retired) serves as the Executive Director of NCWDG.