Department of the Navy (DON) Office of Strategy and Innovation Content Submission Guidelines

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The Department of the Navy (DON) Office of Strategy and Innovation promotes and sustains the DON Innovation Vision, and provides strategic guidance to foster a culture for the Fleet and the Force to maximize current capabilities—and promote development of future concepts—for a more agile and adaptive DON.

We welcome any and all opportunities to showcase the ideas, talents, and accomplishments of Sailors, Marines, and DON Civilians. Through this exchange of information, we can all continue to foster the culture of innovation that has been a tradition in America’s Naval Force and must be a part of its future.

We currently publish content via two distribution channels:

   (1) Strategy and Innovation Website:
          http://www.secnav.navy.mil/innovation/Pages/Home.aspx

   (2) Strategy and Innovation Newsletter (bi-monthly):
          http://www.secnav.navy.mil/innovation/Pages/newsletters.aspx

Our readership includes DON Flag Officer/General Officer/Senior Executive Service members; Sailors, Marines, and Civilians at the unit- and ship-level; academia; and private industry, among other communities.

News and features items should relate to innovation and leading-edge developments supporting the Fleet and the Force. This includes stories about modernizing DON personnel systems, development of game-changing warfighting concepts, and implementing new tools to streamline processes. No idea is too big or too small!

Articles, photos, and other content must be Distribution A (approved for public release; distribution unlimited). Please provide a headline for your article as well as a short author bio of 1-2 sentences (include rank/title). Also, please review the article and/or photo with your local Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for public release review.

Submissions from DON personnel and organizations should be emailed to DON_Innovation@navy.mil. We look forward to sharing your stories!


Word Limits

Newsletter: ~250 words. If you have a longer piece you would like to submit, please note that we also provide links in the newsletter to full versions of the article published on our website. To assist our planning efforts, feel free to contact us at DON_Innovation@navy.mil with your article topic and approximate word length prior to the submission deadline.

Website: We accept much longer pieces—ideally around 1,000 words but we are open to a host of options.


Submission Deadlines

Newsletter: Submissions will be due the first Friday of every other month for inclusion in the following month’s issue, i.e. deadline for the February 2017 issue is Friday, 6 January.

Website: Submissions are welcomed on a rolling basis.


Graphics/Imagery

When possible, please provide photos and/or video taken by a PAO/combat camera with a Visual Information Record Identification Number (VIRIN) and caption. However, we can also utilize personal pictures/videos taken by DON personnel with the photographer’s consent.

Photos and videos should include a caption with the following information in this general format:

VIRIN LOCATION (Month, Day, Year) Subject (person) verb (action) object (to who or what). Standard wording about the unit, its mission, strike group and its deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by rank first name, last name/Released)


Examples:

161128-N-ZE250-206 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov 28, 2016) Stretcher bearers move a Sailor into the main battle dress station during a damage control and mass casualty exercise aboard USS Carney (DDG 64) while on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)
161128-N-ZE250-206 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov 28, 2016) Stretcher bearers move a Sailor into the main battle dress station during a damage control and mass casualty exercise aboard USS Carney (DDG 64) while on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)

 

161129-M-ZQ305-176 MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (Nov 29, 2016) Lance Corporal John Knobloch engages a target during a fire and maneuver range at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov 29, 2016. The range was held in order to sharpen the fundamentals of the Marines and increase combat readiness. Knobloch is a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Damarko Bones/Released)
161129-M-ZQ305-176 MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (Nov 29, 2016) Lance Corporal John Knobloch engages a target during a fire and maneuver range at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov 29, 2016. The range was held in order to sharpen the fundamentals of the Marines and increase combat readiness. Knobloch is a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Damarko Bones/Released)