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

SECNAV Meets with NAVWAR Leaders; Discusses Project Overmatch and OTC Revitalization

November 8, 2021

The Secretary of the Navy met with Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) top leaders and key innovators Nov. 8 at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific in San Diego, for an update on Project Overmatch, a high priority initiative focused on ensuring operationally relevant data is available at the tactical edge, when and where required.

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NAVWAR’s Involvement in Cyber Center of Excellence Supports Cyber Ecosystem of the Region

October-December, 2021

NAVWAR’s Involvement in Cyber Center of Excellence Supports Cyber Ecosystem of the Region Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) enterprise’s continued involvement with the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) demonstrates the command’s strong commitment and contribution to cybersecurity, as well as the importance of partnering with industry to better support the mission of protecting the fleet.

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NAVWAR Delivers Cyber-Ready Platforms for Future Force Readiness Worldwide

October 5, 2021

SAN DIEGO - Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Fleet Readiness Directorate’s Cybersecurity Office (FRD 300) has successfully delivered cyber baselines to 125 U.S. Navy ships, with a goal to deliver the modern, web-based application across all 180 ships by fiscal year 2023, decreasing cybersecurity vulnerabilities Navy-wide.

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About the Navy OTC Revitalization

NAVWAR is the major tenant aboard Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Campus (NBPL OTC). It is comprised of 70.5 acres (48.7 acres OTC Site 1 and 21.8 acre 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 ends 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.

    The Navy is currently reviewing public comments received on the Draft EIS and preparing the Final EIS.
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