A 2016 Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School graduate and Miami native helps protect America by delivering information warfare capabilities to the U.S. Navy as a member of Cryptologic Warfare Group Six (CWG-6) in Maryland.
U.S. Navy Seaman Vincent Lamberto is a cryptologic collection technician.
“The Navy CTR field was developed in 2004 to defend our nation’s cyberspace. It’s a highly developing and changing environment,” Lamberto said. “We constantly need to be learning about new capabilities and systems.”
Lamberto 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 Lamberto support the Navy’s ability to maintain power projection, sea control and maritime superiority.
“I liked the fact that the schooling was rigorous and required very high standards,” Lamberto said.
The sailor also said he is proud to serve at the forefront of technology innovation and cyber operations, helping to protect America from threats around the world.
“I am extremely happy I joined the Navy. I already earned about 30 college credits. Instead of spending money for school, I was being paid to learn,” Lamberto said. “I’m also networking and gaining on the job experience, which can be hard to come by.”
Coming from a long family legacy of military service, Lamberto has known he wanted to join since he was very young.
“After doing research, I decided to enlist in the Navy since that would be best for my career. When I was in high school I did JROTC so I received extensive interaction with a retired Navy chief and commander,” Lamberto said.
“They helped teach me invaluable skills that no other teacher could provide. I wanted to show my family I could stand on my own two feet without anyone’s assistance. So far I’ve done exactly that. That was a big part of why I joined the military,” he said.
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.