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About the NAVWAR Mission

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) is responsible for providing the critical networks, sensors and systems to connect air, surface, subsurface, space and cyberspace military assets that are vital to the Navy mission and to national security. Just as the nation requires dependable communications, networking, banking, transportation and energy to function as a modern society, the Navy depends on resilient connected systems, logistics, networks and communications to accomplish its mission.

In the era of information warfare, our homeland is no longer a sanctuary. Our adversaries reach across cyberspace daily to attack our networks, trying to steal critical information and get a foothold in our connected society. NAVWAR operates the world’s largest intranet, with more than 700,000 users in 2,500 locations around the world, blocking more than 231 million unauthorized intrusion attempts per month, all while providing and safeguarding the essential services the nation needs for strategic defense, communications, and deterrence.

To execute its high-tech operations and to meet emerging security requirements, NAVWAR must have facilities to support its mission — to identify, develop, deliver and sustain information warfare capabilities and services that enable naval, joint, coalition and other national missions. NAVWAR’s current facilities are not adaptable, sustainable or compatible with these growing mission requirements.

NAVWAR changed its name from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to Naval Information Warfare Systems Command in June 2019 to match the changing environment of cybersecurity. Information and cyber warfare is now a fundamental element of warfare, an essential concept within the Navy’s strategy, and is recognized as a warfare area on par with the traditional domains of air, sea, land and space.

If NAVWAR is unable to execute its mission, there is an impact; a ripple effect throughout the Navy. Without this network protection, the secure information, and the essential systems NAVWAR provides with the cyber defenses to protect them, the Navy’s mission is also at risk.

The need for new facilities is urgent. Adversaries do not rest. The Navy and nation are under cyberattack each day, and NAVWAR’s technical programs are at the front line of defense against them.

Recent NAVWAR News

New SDMAC Report Reveals NAVWAR’s Economic Impact in San Diego Region

January 31, 2024

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) partnered with both the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) and the University of San Diego (USD) Knauss School of Business to publish the newest edition of the NAVWAR economic impact study, unveiled at a reception and release event held at USD Jan. 30.

Read More CSDMAC 2024 NAVWAR Economic Impact Report
Cybersecurity is a $4B Business for San Diego

October 3, 2023

There are 1,016 establishments tied to the cybersecurity cluster in San Diego, up 17% over the last two years. These range in size from small businesses to the U.S. Navy, which employs 3,432 people at its IT command, NAVWAR (Naval Information Warfare Systems Command).

Read More Cybersecurity Is a $4B Business for San Diego - San Diego Business Journal (sdbj.com)
San Diego Mayor Fully Invested in New NAVWAR Facilities

August 21, 2023

The Navy revitalization of Naval Base Point Loma, Old Town Campus (OTC) is now progressing to the next stage of the project timeline, with the full support of Todd Gloria, mayor of San Diego.

Read More about San Diego Mayor Fully Invested in New NAVWAR Facilities

About the Navy OTC Revitalization

NAVWAR is the major tenant aboard Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Campus (NBPL OTC). It is comprised of 70.3 acres (46.62 acres OTC Site 1 and 23.64 acres OTC Site 2). NBPL OTC is approximately 1.5 miles from downtown San Diego, 1/2 mile to San Diego International Airport, and is located in the City of San Diego, Midway-Pacific Community Planning Area. NBPL OTC is near Interstate 8, and adjacent to Interstate 5 and Pacific Highway.

The main buildings consist of World War II-era aircraft manufacturing plants and associated administrative office buildings. OTC Site 1 was used during World War II to manufacture aircraft, and has been partially modernized to provide training facilities, administrative office space and industrial (laboratories, shops and warehouse) space to support NAVWAR. The existing space is inefficient and is functionally obsolete given the 1940s era facilities design.

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Project History

  • 2017The Navy initiated a plan to transform 70.5 acres of prime San Diego real estate into a project that would benefit the NAVWAR mission and the local community
  • 2018 Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW) issued a Request for Interest (RFI) for revitalization of the NAVWAR facilities. The Navy received several detailed responses in reply to the RFI. The submittals outlined a wide range of exciting opportunities for the NAVWAR facilities. One submittal was from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), recommending the incorporation of a regional mass transit hub in order to support a critical local need to connect mass transit to the San Diego International Airport.
  • 2019In September 2019, the Navy signed an agreement with SANDAG to share information in planning for the revitalization of the OTC, including examining potential options for a regional transit center as part of development. This agreement supports efforts to explore and analyze development opportunities that may enhance the value of the property and benefit both NAVWAR and the community, including alternatives in which there is no transit center at the OTC.
  • 2020

    On January 23, 2020, the Navy signed a follow-on agreement with SANDAG, which expanded on the agreement signed in September 2019.

    On January 24, 2020 a Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register announcing the Navy’s intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental effects associated with revitalization of the OTC to support NAVWAR’s current and future operational readiness.

    On February 24, 2020, the Navy completed a 30-day public scoping period. The Navy is using scoping input from the public during preparation of the Draft EIS.

    Throughout 2020, the Navy gathered information, completed technical studies to support a robust analysis of alternatives, and explored potential courses of action while preparing the Draft EIS.

  • 2021On May 14, 2021 a Notice of Virtual Public Meetings was published in the Federal Register announcing the Navy’s Draft EIS, dates of virtual public meetings, and how the public can review and comment on the Draft EIS. The Notice also invited the public to submit comments on the project's potential to affect historic properties pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

    On July 13, 2021, the Navy issued a Notice of Availability announcing a 30-day extension of the public comment period from July 13, 2021 to August 12, 2021.

    The public comment period took place on May 14, 2021 and ended on August 12, 2021.

    To download the Draft EIS or review information materials on the analysis in the Draft EIS, please visit the Draft EIS page on our website here.

    Click here for more information on the NHPA Section 106 process and potential impacts to historic properties.
  • 2022On April 13, 2022, the Navy announced it is updating the OTC Revitalization project timeline and sequence of events. This update is in response to public comments received on the Draft EIS requesting additional details before a Record of Decision (ROD) is signed. To accommodate this request, the Navy intends to identify – through a competitive solicitation process – a potential master developer that can work with the Navy to provide prospective site plans before finalizing the EIS.

    On September 8, 2022, the Navy announced it would issue a competitive solicitation later in the year to identify a potential master developer for revitalization of OTC. The Navy encouraged developers and other interested proposers to sign up for the project mailing list and learn about doing business with the Navy.

    On November 3, 2022, the Navy announced the anticipated release of the developer solicitation would be in November 2022. The competitive solicitation process will identify a potential master developer for revitalization of OTC. Visit the Developer Solicitation page to learn more.

    On November 15, 2022, the Navy began the competitive solicitation process to identify a potential master developer for revitalization of OTC. The solicitation and amendments are available on SAM.gov (Notice ID N6247323RP00008).

    On December 7, 2022, the Navy held the Navy Old Town Campus Lease and Development Opportunity Pre-Proposal Conference for interested proposers. Visit the Developer Solicitation page to access event materials and to view a recording of the event.
  • 2023On February 7, 2023, the solicitation Step 1: Request for Qualifications closed with the receipt of Statements of Qualifications for the Navy OTC Revitalization Lease and Development Opportunity. The Navy began evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications received from potential master developers.

    On April 10, 2023, the Navy completed its evaluation of Statements of Qualifications received from potential master developers in response to Step 1: Request for Qualifications. The Navy selected four potential master developers who were determined to be best qualified to advance to the next phase, Step 2: Request for Proposals. Step 2 closed on August 9, 2023.

    On August 9, 2023, the Navy received OTC Revitalization proposals from shortlisted potential master developers by the August 9th deadline and started the evaluation process. The Step 2: Request for Proposals source selection evaluation process will identify the team whose proposal conforms to the solicitation, best meets NAVWAR's mission requirements, and represents best value to the Government. The Navy plans to select one proposer by the end of calendar year 2023 to enter into a period of exclusive negotiations.
  • 2024On January 9, 2024, the Navy announced it selected a potential master developer to enter into a period of exclusive negotiations for the revitalization of Navy OTC, home to NAVWAR. From August 2023 to December 2023, the Navy evaluated proposals received from potential master developers. After completion of a comprehensive source selection evaluation process, the Navy selected Manchester Financial Group/Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate. The Navy will work with Manchester/Edgemoor on multiple options for the private development of the approximately 70.3-acre site, while continuing to evaluate the feasibility of a NAVWAR-only development funded by traditional military construction methods.

    On January 30, 2024, the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) and the University of San Diego Knauss School of Business released the 2024 NAVWAR Economic Impact Report. Read the report here.
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