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New US Navy Commander. From Vice Admiral to Commander

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The management intrigue with the new commander of the US Navy unexpectedly resolved - immediately after the dismissal of Bill Moren, Admiral Michael Gilday was appointed to the CNO position. This decision, on the one hand, is unexpected - he was not even a close “top” candidate, and six months ago it was not at all a fact that he would have received any promotion.



US Navy Commander Admiral Michael Guilday


On the other hand, this appointment is in a sense natural. And, like all the previous games around the post of commander, it is accompanied by rather interesting events. But first, a little about the new commander.

Veteran


Michael Gilday is a model officer. His father was a sailor. He himself graduated from the United States Navy Academy in Annapolis, later at the Naval College in Newport. He began his service on the destroyer Chandler of the Kidd class (USS Chandler DDG 996). Then on the Ticonderoga class Princeton missile cruiser (USS Princeton CG-59) and then on the similar Gettysburg CG 64 Gettysburg missile cruiser. After he became the commander of two successively destroyers of the “Arly Burke” class - Higgins (USS Higgins DDG 76) and Benfold (USS Benfold DDG 65), then the 7th destroyer squadron (7th Destroyer Squadron), then the 8noy strike Avian group.

Then Gilday served for a long time in the command structures of NATO, gaining experience in organizing work with allies and actions on theater of operations close to the enemy.

In 2016 he received a very interesting appointment - the commander of the so-called "Navy cyber command ”, the unit responsible for the war on information networks. Organizational command is subordinate to the headquarters of the 10th fleet of the US Navy, the commander of which "concurrently" was Guilday. To make it clear, this is not a “psychological war”, which is distinguished by propaganda on social networks and the like. This is completely different.


Emblems of the cyber command and the 10 Navy fleet - "cyber fleet"


As an illustration, we give an example of a typical task of the “cyber fleet” of the near future. Suppose a certain enemy is tracking the American AUG with the help of unmanned scouts. Cyberflot, figuratively speaking, must, using its equipment, detect communication channels through which information is exchanged with UAVs, find a way to connect to them, decrypt traffic on the go, and, for example, send a fake signal over the network. As a result, the US Navy aircraft carrier will already be turning against the wind to lift the air group, and the enemy will observe on the screens a “fake” picture that is “slipped” to it, on which everything is “as before”.

This, of course, is not a matter of today, but the Americans created their own “cyberflot” with an eye on precisely such a future for their opponents. And Guilday headed this structure, which in a sense is significant.


Vice Admiral Gilday, Commander of the 10 m fleet of the US Navy / Cyber ​​Command of the Navy, is located at the Command of the Naval Information Operations, also known as Task Force 1080, in Aurora, Colorado. 13 March 2017 year


From the post of commander of the 10 fleet / cyber command of the Navy, Guilday was appointed Director of the OKNS (the director acts as the Deputy Chairman of the OKNS on organizational issues). And from there he was urgently “moved up”, first giving a full four star admiral, and then quickly making him commander ...

Combat experience


On February 18 on February 1991, Lieutenant Gilday, kept watch at the Princeton cruiser’s combat information center, being there as a Tactical action officer, a watch officer obliged to control the battle in the absence of the ship’s commander at the fighting post. The Princeton was in the Persian Gulf, there was already a war with Iraq, and the ship could be under attack at any time. And he was under it - at some point, the cruiser was successively blown up on two Iraqi mines.

The hull suffered serious damage, so extensive that the strength of the ship as a whole was in doubt, numerous leaks opened up, many ship systems were de-energized, including the air defense system being completely disconnected. Having lost both its course and its defensive capabilities, the ship turned into a target that could be sunk by a single Iraqi plane. Lieutenant Guilday led the fight for survivability at the BIC, thanks to his actions, the power supply of all systems was quickly restored, and the air defense systems of the ship were restored.

Subsequently, Guilday assumed command of the cruiser’s air defense. He and his shift were in combat posts for almost a day, so as not to distract other personnel from the struggle for survivability. They were replaced only when the ship was withdrawn from the minefield.
Guilday was awarded the Commendation Medal. Later he participated in the restoration of the cruiser. All this also contributed to his career advancement.

The background.


What’s interesting about his appointment is that when in the first half of July it became clear that Morin would not be the new commander, Guildai, who was vice admiral at that time, was brought to Congress by the "bullet" and there he quickly and with first attempt received approval and as a four-star admiral, and as a candidate for command, and all this was done without any fuss, although in secondary secondary war editions, Guilday was mentioned as “Spencer's candidate” (Richard Spencer, Navy Minister), who will be urgently promoted to the rank of the closest time and which, if Congress doesn’t mess around, will become the new commander in chief. Congress, however, could well have fussed. But in the end, everything turned out, Gilday received "two in one" - and the fourth admiral star and a new post, and on 22 on August 2019 took office.

So the new commander of the US Navy found quite quickly - just 22 days later than planned.
Gilday became a candidate for commander when he was still a vice admiral, despite the fact that the US Navy had “four-star” admirals, whose circle, by tradition, was to become the source of the new commander. Formally, the President has the right to nominate the vice admiral to the post of commander, but the last such commander was Admiral Zumwalt in the 1970 year.

But such a rapid advancement of a junior officer in a senior position in the Navy is not the only surprising fact in this whole stories.
Let us recall that the main “clans” in the US Navy have always been deck pilots, submarines and submariners. Morin with his “background” pilot base patrol aviation would be a very striking exception. Morin, however, did not succeed. Well, what didn’t work for the anti-submarine pilot Moren happened (and very suddenly) for the “hacker” from the “cyberflot” of Guilday, which is also an unprecedented event.

New US Navy Commander. From Vice Admiral to Commander

31 July 2019 year. Gilday arrived at the Senate Committee on the Armed Forces to consider his candidacy for the post of commander and at the same time to consider his extraordinary promotion to the admiral. His face shows that he hardly believes in what is happening. But someone organized it all. Quick


And this very clearly reflects the direction in which the US Navy is developing.

Cyberwarfare as one of the full-fledged types of hostilities is not perceived in most of the Armed Forces of the world. And already as dominant - even more so. Computers, servers and hackers-programmers "do not look" against the background of rockets, attack aircraft and heavy bombs.
It’s just that they will someday be able to force the fleet and enemy aircraft to fight each other, but now their role is not obvious. Not obvious to anyone but the Americans.

And it is precisely this understanding of the role of a new kind of troops in the war of the future that makes the appointment of Giolday not only unexpected, but also logical - no one expected this, but once this was inevitable to happen. It so happened what happened now.

The new commander of the US Navy came from the “cyber fleet”, and even suddenly, as if someone had pulled the “joker” out of his sleeve, having gone through all the approval procedures and assigning an extraordinary military rank at an unprecedented pace, so that the old Navy clans simply did not have time take in response to such a candidacy. Perhaps this means a little more than it seems to us today. Including for us.
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  1. Alceers
    Alceers 30 August 2019 06: 40
    -2
    Alexander. What kind of poking around and research in the varieties of a known substance again? For us, nothing will fundamentally change. Only the name of the company that will supply them with weapons depends on the change of their commanders. It is good, of course, that he is one of those who, in his youth at the BZZh, valiantly sat out in the most protected place of the ship "courageously" reflecting the raids of non-existent aircraft ...
    1. timokhin-aa
      30 August 2019 09: 13
      +2
      From the change of their commanders depends only the name of the company that will supply them with weapons.


      There have long been no such number of companies, the arena is still the same.

      I do not deny that there is also a lobbying factor. But the main thing is not that. Lobbyists stood behind all the candidates.

      Now the Americans are slowly mutating from the scheme "the aircraft carrier is our everything, the destroyers cover it" to distributed lethality - a multitude of combat units capable of concentrating fire on one target on command or conducting their own battle each independently, but transferring a large amount of reconnaissance information to the command. A kind of "living network" of ships, acting wounded geographically, but together informational.

      And the fact that CNO has become a surface computer specialist tells me a lot about the direction of further development that the Americans want to take. Will they succeed or not, this is another question, but the attempt is obvious.

      It is good, of course, that he is one of those who, in his youth, at the BZZh valiantly sat out in the most protected place of the ship, "courageously" reflecting the raids of non-existent aviation


      The CIC was de-energized and there also had to be BZZh. And in fact, about then, there was an episode of the breakthrough of the Iraqi Mirage on the border of the areas of responsibility between the Air Force and the Navy.

      Plus, Iraqi boats with anti-ship missiles scoured there, which by that time had not yet been killed. So there were certain risks.
      1. Vladimir16
        Vladimir16 30 August 2019 09: 29
        -1
        This is a "hero" - an aggressor who came to a foreign country with a mission to kill the rebellious.
        "Courageously" was blown up by an undemocratic Iraqi mine. Then he fought heroically against non-existent aircraft.
        All in all a hero!
        The author may argue that his "dick" did not personally shoot a single Iraqi, but this is all bullshit.
        This ghoul is from the army of killers.
        His ancestors, the same "heroes" killed the Indians and occupied foreign lands.

        True heroes fought with the aggressors defending their homeland.

        The ghouls are those who came to other countries with the war and those who write laudatory odes about killers.

        And then we are surprised at the boys from Siberia justifying the Germans who brought death to Russian families.

        1. timokhin-aa
          30 August 2019 11: 40
          +3
          Drink some water, take a deep breath. Let you go, do not hesitate.
  2. Ka-52
    Ka-52 30 August 2019 08: 10
    +3
    came to the senate committee with mom and grandson?

    In 2016, he received a very interesting appointment - the commander of the so-called “Navy Cyber ​​Command”

    certainly interesting direction. Only
    Cyberflot, figuratively speaking, must use its equipment to detect communication channels through which information is exchanged with UAVs, find a way to connect to them, decrypt traffic on the go, and, for example, send a fake signal over the network

    in order to intercept the signal going from the UAV to the satellite and back, with a precisely directed antenna installation, an upper location of the "interceptor" emitting a false radio signal is necessary. That is, an intercepting signal in simple words go from the UPU. And this will require that its carrier be located higher in height than the drone itself. That is, an electronic warfare aircraft or a high-altitude UAV, which can be an intercept signal retranslator. Not everything is so simple for a tracking UAV traveling at an echelon of 15-18 m. Otherwise, the American Global Hawks could just as easily be intercepted.
    1. timokhin-aa
      30 August 2019 09: 02
      -3
      in order to intercept the signal going from the UAV to the satellite and back, with a precisely directed antenna installation, an upper location of the "interceptor" emitting a false radio signal is necessary.


      No, what you write about is EW.

      And "cyber" is a massive saturation of the enemy's combat networks with viruses that themselves will search for open antennas and access points in order to hook the enemy network to the American one and allow the cyber fleet to send the necessary information "bypassing". And they will intercept the signal from the UAV, for example, directly from the UAV control panel, and send a fake to the same place.

      Cyber ​​and EW are two different things.
      1. Ka-52
        Ka-52 30 August 2019 09: 25
        0
        And "cyber" is a massive saturation of the enemy's combat networks with viruses that themselves will look for open antennas and access points in order to hook the enemy network to the American one and allow the cyber fleet to send the necessary information "bypassing".

        I think it is much more difficult to put the left program code into the combat control system than just take over control of the UAV. We have been and have been able to fight "Trojans" for a long time.
        1. timokhin-aa
          30 August 2019 11: 43
          -1
          Yes, so, on the one hand, but on the other, this is a very promising topic - our planting of the Amersky Sentinel in Iran is from this series, and it is not even "flowers" yet.

          Therefore, the Americans want to create such superiority in forces on this new front in a completely military fashion, in order to crush the enemy with "the masses." And here it makes no difference what he can do - the strength aches the straw.

          That is the trick.
      2. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 30 August 2019 13: 04
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        "Cyber ​​and electronic warfare are completely different things." ////
        -----
        That's right. Cyber ​​does not jam or block, but skips the info
        adversary into his system, "envelops" it with his false
        signals and releases back in a distorted transformed form.
        In this case, the enemy does not realize that the signal (or hack) was intercepted.
        1. Klim chugunkin
          Klim chugunkin 1 September 2019 03: 39
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          I think in cyber warfare two main areas can be distinguished, namely:
          1) hacking - breaking and disabling on-board IMS software
          2) spoofing- interception, decryption and substitution of signals in information exchange channels

          Similarly, can be divided into two directions radio electronic fight:
          1) blocking radio signals of communication and navigation
          2) failure of on-board electronics and sensors, for example, using lasers and microwave pulses
  3. mvg
    mvg 30 August 2019 09: 46
    +3
    Something dubious "combat experience", to land your ship at once on 2 mines .. And, as it seems to me, the "geek" should have been younger. The lobby was very strong.
  4. Klim chugunkin
    Klim chugunkin 1 September 2019 03: 28
    0
    If we talk about electronic warfare systems, for me the defending side will always be in a better position. EW ground stations, which are part of coastal defense units, are usually more powerful and cheaper than systems installed on aircraft and ships of the advancing enemy.

    The same applies to communication systems and ground-based navigation, they are also usually more powerful and cheaper than satellite navigation and communications ...
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 1 September 2019 08: 11
      -1
      "If we talk about electronic warfare systems, for me the defender will always be in a more advantageous position" ////
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      Only in the first stage of the enemy’s attack. The electronic warfare system detects itself with its own strong radio emission. And after that, she herself becomes the primary object of attack.
      In addition, part of the attacking means today are sent to the target not by the locator, but by the optical system (scanning IR video) or is autonomous (astronavigation). In these cases, electronic warfare is useless.
      1. Klim chugunkin
        Klim chugunkin 1 September 2019 19: 39
        0
        Once again, ground-based electronic warfare systems will have an advantage. I put Torok or Pantsyrechek or Sosenka side by side and shoot all the airspace around the station.

        And all of these Electronic Warfare ships and planes can be detected in the same way, the only difference is that they have no air defense, therefore they are completely defenseless against anti-ship missiles and missiles with passive seeker.