Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR)

Rear Adm. Douglas Small, Commander, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR)[1]

The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) develops, delivers, and sustains communications and information warfare capabilities for warfighters by keeping them securely connected at any time, in any location.  NAVWAR , in collaboration with their space support activity, two system centers and through partnerships with three Program Executive Offices (PEOs), provides hardware and software necessary to execute Naval missions. The NAVWAR team consists of over 10,000 military and civilian personnel.[2]

As the Information Dominance command, NAVWAR’s products and services transform ships, aircraft and vehicles from individual platforms into integrated battle forces. To do so, the command is organized into eight competencies: finance, contracts, legal, logistics and fleet support, engineering, acquisition and program management, science and technology, and corporate operations.[2]

NAVWAR provides capabilities in areas of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); cyber warfare; command and control (C2); information and knowledge management; communication systems; and enabling technologies such as meteorology and oceanography. NAVWAR programs and efforts cover the complete life cycle from research and development, system-of-systems engineering, test and evaluation, acquisition, installations and in-service support. The organization works closely with the Fleet, systems commands, and Navy partners to deliver capabilities by procuring and/or integrating sensors, communications, weapons, and information and control systems for current and potential ships, aircraft, submarines, and unmanned systems.[2]

NAVWAR was formerly the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), and was renamed in June 2019 to better align the command's name with its mission, as well as to recognize the power that information warfare brings to the fight.[2]


NAVWAR’s PEOs include:

  • Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I)
  • Program Executive Office Manpower, Logistics and Business (PEO MLB)
  • Program Executive Office Digital and Enterprise Services (PEO Digital)[2]

NAVWAR Organization

Source: NAVWAR[2]

Updated by Kristin Stiner, May 2024