SPAWAR building in Old Town
A SPAWAR building in Old Town. Navy photo

The Navy announced Monday that San Diego’s SPAWAR — the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command — has been renamed Naval Information Warfare Systems.

The Navy said the change, effective immediately, recognizes the power that information warfare brings to a naval battle.

“This new name more accurately describes the full totality of the mission, supporting naval warfare — from seabed to space,” said Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, in announcing the change

It’s the second name change since the command was established in 1966 as the Naval Electronic Systems Command. It became SPAWAR in 1985 and will now be known as NAVWARSYSCOM.

“In this era of great power competition, information is a fundamental element of warfare, an essential concept of the Navy’s strategy, and a warfare area that transcends the traditional domains of air, sea, land and space,” said NAVWARSYSCOM Commander Rear Adm. Christian Becker.

The command has centers in both San Diego, located in the former Convair plant in Old Town, and Charleston, SC.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.