Flotilla SITREP: SWO Tactical Qualifications and Surface Warfare Aggressor Squadrons

By Dmitry Filipoff

This month the CIMSEC Warfighting Flotilla will be hosting sessions focused on the surface force, including sessions on updating SWO qualifications and the value of standing up dedicated aggressor units for the surface force. If you haven’t already, sign up through the form below to become a Flotilla member and receive the invites to our upcoming off-the-record January discussions. The full listings for these upcoming discussions are featured down below.

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Upcoming January Sessions

Updating Surface Warfare Qualifications

Surface Warfare Officers can attain numerous qualifications to bolster their skills and enhance their careers. How can the SWO community update its qualifications and how they are weighed to better emphasize tactical warfighting skill? How can the detailing process better incentivize and reward qualifications that are specifically geared toward tactical skillsets? Join us to discuss these questions as we consider possible updates to SWO qualifications.

Read Ahead: Changing Surface Warfare Qualifications: Better Incentives Make Deadlier Officers,” by LTJG Chris Rielage and LCDR JR Dinglasan

Creating a Surface Warfare Aggressor Squadron

Aggressor units are a critical asset for forging warfighting skill and cultivating in-depth understanding of competitor forces. Yet the surface warfare community appears to lack dedicated aggressor units and staffs. How can an aggressor squadron sharpen the skills of the surface force and the broader Navy? How can the surface force stand up an aggressor staff, or even a dedicated aggressor squadron? Join us to discuss the merits of creating dedicated opposition force units and staffs for the surface force.

Read Aheads:

Surface Warfare Needs Aggressor Squadrons,” by Captain Henry Kim

Undersea Red: Captain Eric Sager on the Submarine Force’s New Aggressor Squadron,” by Dmitry Filipoff

Dmitry Filipoff is CIMSEC’s Director of Online Content and Community Manager of the Warfighting Flotilla. Contact him at Content@cimsec.org.

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