Adm. Haney signs instruction for Pacific Fleet Intelligence Federation

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, recent commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, signs instruction for Pacific Fleet Intelligence Federation which provides direction for the organization and collaboration of the Pacific Fleet's intelligence and cryptologic resources to support the maritime operational intelligence (OPINTEL) mission of PACFLT.

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, recent commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, signs instruction for Pacific Fleet Intelligence Federation which provides direction for the organization and collaboration of the Pacific Fleet’s intelligence and cryptologic resources to support the maritime operational intelligence (OPINTEL) mission of PACFLT.

Cmdr. Tony Butera

U.S. Pacific Fleet

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, recent commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, ushered in a new era for the Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), Naval Intelligence and the Navy’s Information Dominance Corps (IDC) by signing the Pacific Fleet Intelligence Federation (PFIF) Instruction into existence on Sept. 17.

This instruction provides direction for the organization and collaboration of the Pacific Fleet’s intelligence and cryptologic resources to support the maritime operational intelligence (OPINTEL) mission of PACFLT.

“Achieving information superiority across the vast Pacific Fleet AOR is a daunting task,” Haney said.

“However, the enduring legacy of this federation will support and further enable the cadre of IDC professionals – Sailors, chiefs, officers and civilians – that strive to study, assess and report on a vast amount of activity every day,” he explained.

“Tracking adversary ships, submarines and aircraft at sea is our core business,” said Capt. James Fanell, the Pacific Fleet’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence and information operations. “What is unique about the PFIF is the collaboration and coordination from Sailors across multiple organizations at various echelons, afloat and ashore, providing the most precise maritime OPINTEL to our afloat forces,” he said.

With the origin of the PFIF beginning on the deckplates of the forward deployed naval forces in 2008, the PFIF instruction now formally implements the Pacific Fleet commander’s intent to eliminate unnecessary redundancy and improve situational awareness of the maritime domain. The end state is to more effectively and efficiently deliver intelligence to commanders at every echelon operating in PACFLT.

A sense of history has also influenced this effort over the past decade. As the driving force for the PFIF, Fanell has ensured the current generation of naval intelligence and cryptologic professionals understand the heritage and responsibility created out of the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and the dramatic victory at Midway just six months later.

“Our forebearers at Station Hypo recognized that in order to achieve deep penetration of the adversary, the fleet had to organize its intelligence resources to leverage each and every Sailor’s effort to build our tactical awareness of the maritime domain,” Fanell said.

“Our federation enables a reconstitution of theater maritime and country-specific experts at the junior officer and senior petty officer level. While our Navy has spent a decade plus at war, mostly ashore and in other parts of the world, the PFIF offers a deckplate solution for supporting the nation’s rebalance and its requirement to find ships, submarines and aircraft at sea,” he added.

The instruction directs various elements of the U.S. 7th Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet and Pacific Fleet-focused IDC shore commands to share intelligence reporting responsibilities and collaborate on various intelligence missions. In an austere fiscal environment, the PFIF also aligns intelligence activities at all echelons of command, thus providing the commander with a more agile and responsive decision-making cycle.

The instruction also harnesses the output from several Pacific Intelligence Enterprise nodes, such as the Joint Intelligence Operations Center-Pacific, and national intelligence agencies such as the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C.

The sharing of tasks and products with PFIF members, DoD and intelligence community partners is the most economical and streamlined approach possible, especially in an era of limited manpower and no infrastructure growth.

Developed from the deckplate up, the performance of the PFIF has gained recognition across the Navy and is now being used as the template for the future of naval intelligence community and its umbrella, Information Dominance Corps.

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