As a student and a midshipman at University, my college life has been divided into two responsibilities; one, being a student majoring in Mathematics and two, a midshipman training to become an officer in the U.S. Navy. During my freshman year here in University, having these two roles put me in a very difficult situation. It was difficult, in the beginning, because I was torn between wanting to become a Mathematics teacher someday and wanting to be a part of the military. However, after three years of training and learning more about the military, it became easier for me to decide as to where I want to be; and that is, to serve in the military. The more I learn about the U.S. Navy, the more I want to become a part of it. There are many different communities in the Navy, and the community that I am hoping to become a part of is the intelligence community.
Technology and Intelligence Community of the U.S. Navy
Technology plays a big role in the military. One of the primary reasons technology changed and became so advanced in the military, nowadays, is because of the role that the wars played in the past and the tragic events that have occurred recently such as the attacks in 2001. Wars in the past changed the military’s technology because the military had to adapt and learn from the mistakes from the past to find better ways to protect the nation’s and everyone’s safety. For instance, during the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy used certain technological advances that made it difficult for the Royal Navy to attack. ("War of 1812:," ). “In the 200 years since the war of 1812, technological innovation has been an essential component in the ships, aircraft, sensors, and weapons that have contributed to victories by America’s Navy.” ("War of 1812:," ). The events and impact of World War II also changed the U.S. Navy; the development of nuclear weapon during World War II “dramatically changed humankind’s attitude to war and peace.” (Stanovov, 2010).
The impact of these past wars in the nation changed the military today, most especially its technology. “Greater emphasis on tactics development, training, and development of personnel to take full advantage of advances in technology has become a necessity.” (Braunbeck, 1989). The tragic events that occurred in 2001 also changed everyone’s, most especially the military’s, perspective in the nation’s security as well. Due to all the past events and current events, the military relies greatly on technology – designs of the ship and weapons, tactical and operational skills, information – to ensure the safety of the nation and the population.
In the Intelligence community, the U.S. Navy “utilize the latest technology and techniques to collect, analyze and disseminate information vital to military planning.” ("Intelligence: Information & technology,"). Each personnel part of the intelligence community is “armed with top-secret, up-to-the second data related to international policy and military...