Captain Joseph Rochefort, the group’s namesake, was a major figure in the U.S. Navy’s victory in the Pacific during World War II. Captain Rochefort’s paradigmatic shifting of combat intelligence and deception techniques related to critical decisions in the Pacific is symbolic of the U.S. Navy’s information warfare community today.
In 1986, Captain Rochefort posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the Battle of Midway. His unwavering focus and dogged pursuit of advantage at sea serve as the bedrock for the Rochefort Group, the U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) first advanced warfighting group.
The Rochefort Group honors the historical roots of the U.S. Navy’s intelligence, communications, electronic warfare, information operations, cyber warfare, space operations, and meteorology and oceanography mission areas.
The Rochefort Group is recognized by Fleet Commander staffs as NWC’s maritime information warfighting resource for education and fleet engagement support because of their “speed to fleet” impact, warfighting currency, and warfighting breadth.
Assigned to the College of Maritime Operational Warfare, the Rochefort Group directly supports maritime operations centers in the planning, coordinating, and executing of U.S. Navy information warfare activities.
The Rochefort Group is an example of the expertise and refinement across the College of Maritime Operational Warfare and the imperativeness of operational level of war combat readiness.
Workshops and Tailored Engagement
The 2019 Rochefort Group workshop series is offered in honor of Ken H. Norton, former U.S. Marine Corps Morse code intercept operator and heavyweight boxing champion. Norton’s fighting style, perseverance, and ethos stand as the theme for the 2019 workshops. These are highly-paced, invite-only events providing a forum for Fleet Commander warfighting challenges and priorities.
The Rochefort Group also provides tailored engagement support and education for our student base across information warfare mission areas and operational level of war functions.
For additional information on the workshops or tailored engagement, please contact the Rochefort Group directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.