Baltimore native conducts Information Warfare for U.S. Navy
Lt. Charity Edgar, Navy Office of Community Outreach | 9/1/2017, 6 a.m.
Fort Meade, Md. A 2009 Loch Raven High School graduate helps protect America by delivering information warfare capabilities to the U.S. Navy as a member of Cryptologic Warfare Group Six. U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Darryl Marshall is a cryptologic technician collection.
“I am a computer analyst,” explained the Baltimore native.
Marshall plays a crucial role in defending against threats in support of the command’s mission to deliver Information Warfare capabilities, such as signals intelligence and cyberspace operations, to the Navy fleet and joint forces.
Information technology advances at a staggering pace. Practically all-major systems on ships, aircraft, submarines, and unmanned vehicles are networked to some degree. This includes most combat, communications, engineering, and navigation systems. While connectivity provides the military with speed, agility, and precision, it also opens numerous attack opportunities for adept cyber adversaries.
There is an inextricable linkage between signals intelligence and cyber operations. Signals intelligence helps inform operational commanders and forward deployed operational units in real time about the actions of adversaries and feeds directly into the Navy’s understanding of cyber actors and their potential actions.
“Given today’s environment of continuous growth in the information and technology realms, our information warfare missions have never been more important. I’m extremely proud of the Sailors and extended team who make our mission possible every day,” said, CWG-6 Commander Capt. Joe J. Johnson.
Members of the Information Warfare Community like Marshall support the Navy’s ability to maintain power projection, sea control and maritime superiority.
“I joined the Navy because my brother served in the Army, and I followed in his footsteps to the military,” said Marshall. “I initially had a different rate but when I saw what CTRs were doing I thought it looked cool and I decided to do that.”
Marshall says he is proud to serve at the forefront of technology innovation and cyber operations, helping to protect America from threats around the world.
“It's been a fun time. I've been able to see and do a lot of cool things in the Navy. I was able to decommission the USS Enterprise which was exciting since it was such a historic ship,” reflected Marshall. “It was great seeing all the ship alumni there. To me the Navy means teamwork, family and a sense of greater purpose. I am honored to be a part of that.”
The future of U.S. maritime power depends on the Navy’s ability to achieve its vision for cyberspace operations, which is based on careful consideration of the threats, trends and challenges in cyberspace. The men and women of Cryptologic Warfare Group Six and Navy Information Warfare team stand ready to provide outstanding support to meet the Navy’s mission on a global scale.