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Spotlights-2015-10
29
OCT

The use of spectrum technology has fueled innovation in diverse environments for many years. In the wireless environment, the growing industry demand for increased spectrum access is challenging resources used by the Department of the Navy (DON) for spectrum-dependent equipment and systems. What does the future hold, and what will continued innovation require of all users of spectrum? This article provides an overview of the possible spectrum technology landscape 25 years from now in several operational environments: U.S. mobile cellular technology, unmanned aerial systems, autonomous/robotic technologies and, military operational capabilities. Future CHIPS articles will explore each of these environments in greater detail....
26
OCT

Culinary Specialist (CS) 2nd Class Kirstene Edwards, assigned to Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), completed MARMC’s first digital manufacturing maintenance course Oct. 26. The training course curriculum covers basic digital engineering design, mechanical and electronic principles ...
23
OCT

When you mention “data analytics” to most people, their eyes glaze over and they immediately disconnect from the conversation. Most believe data analytics is too complicated to understand, requiring the latest technology with highly specialized personnel to execute. But it’s not that difficult: at the core, data analytics provides knowledge to help us make more informed decisions. Anyone can capture data in a spreadsheet and draw logical conclusions from it. In order to take knowledge from seemingly unrelated datasets, an organization needs data savvy personnel, with leadership and organizational support, to discover actionable insights greater than the sum of their parts, and impossible to find without data analytics...
16
OCT

The processes for experimentation and exercise initiatives requiring installation on afloat or ashore units (including Certification, Accreditation, and Approval) contain overly complex guidance and authorities, significantly extend timelines, impose high resource costs, and do not assess risk appropriately for robust innovation. Over the years, we have prioritized process competence over technical knowledge and worked to eliminate or reduce acquisition risk, resulting in a culture of caution more than a culture of innovation. Read more...

Experimentation can be highly disruptive and thrives in a culture which embraces innovation and risk-taking. In this period of budget and strategic uncertainty we must increase resources and opportunities for experimentation to rapidly bring new ideas, processes, and technologies to bear on real world problems. Jnnovative concepts often only become evident during such experiments and do not follow scripted rules and timelines. We must be prepared to fail during experimentation efforts, iterate rapidly, re-assess results and act on findings. Read more...
09
OCT
Ideas of the Week: The contributions below represent some of the great ideas that we have received since the website was launched. Thanks to the many innovators, within and outside of the Department of the Navy, that continue to provide impressive suggestions!
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Put a FAB LAB in Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's (NAWCAD) Rapid Capability Engineering and Integration Department, Patuxent River NAS. We are an organic engineering, production, and in-service support department with about 470 civil servants. We will use the FAB LAB to learn how to speed up the development and delivery of the products we now produce. Just as important, we will use it to educate others in NAWCAD in rapid capability development and deployment via the NAVAIR University (NAVAIRU) College of Rapid Engineering (CoRE). Our vision is building up organic engineering and manufacturing capability across all of NAWC AD. The typical NAWCAD acquisition career path has too few opportunities for an engineer to actually build product and confidence, and it shows in cost, schedule, and capability delivery failures in major acquisition programs. The Fab Lab will help us turn that tide and our involvement in NAVAIRU provides a way for many people across NAWCAD to learn in it.
- Submitted by a Navy Civilian
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Every time a brief is created, copy upon copy is printed for review for the many pre-briefs, not to mention the actual meeting itself. The day of the actual brief means, in order to be ""properly prepared"", one must show up with one dozen single sided copies that senior personnel review, but never take with them. Too much time and resources are spent printing the copies. In a fiscally constrained environment, paper, ink, and other supplies are limited. A tablet, tied to a room, can be continuously and easily updated. The stakeholders would be those that have ownership of the conference rooms where briefings are held, the technology guys who maintain the systems, the individuals that create the briefs, and the senior personnel involved in the meetings. I suggest that instead of wasting the paper, ink, and time it takes to print dozens of copies of briefs, each briefing room is provided with tablets that are CAC enabled. This way an officer can log in with a CAC and follow along that way. The tablet should have a stylus or allow the user to add notes. Then the brief can be saved and/or emailed to a personal account for reference later.
- Submitted by a Navy Officer
(The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense or the United States government.)
08
OCT

The Department of the Navy (DON) is the custodian of a vast amount of data that can be used to stimulate groundbreaking innovations. Secretary Mabus just directed the establishment of a DON Open Data Portal in order to make the DON's publically releasable data accessible to the public and our workforce to help fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery. See the SECNAV's guidance on open data here......

History has shown that innovation often occurs by accident. Information about one topic is joined with information about a seemingly unrelated topic and an unanticipated result occurs. Information sharing and providing access to data fuels innovation. Federal, state and local governments own a treasure trove of data and the aim of the President’s Open Data Initiative is to give it back to American taxpayers...
07
OCT

Each year FedScoop recognizes federal and industry Information Technology leaders in a variety of award categories. This year, eight members of the Department of the Navy were selected as finalists for the 2015 FedScoop 50 Awards. View the DON nominees...
06
OCT

Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) and USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), onboard the ship in Norfolk, Sept. 29, and installed the Navy’s first afloat mini Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab)...
05
OCT

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy kicked off a new program Oct. 5, designed to give high performing officers and Sailors experience at large corporations for approximately one year. Three participants began work today with Amazon in Seattle, Washington, and two with FedEx, in Memphis, Tennessee, as part of program's first cohort...
02
OCT
Ideas of the Week: The contributions below represent some of the great ideas that we have received since the website was launched. Thanks to the many innovators, within and outside of the Department of the Navy, that continue to provide impressive suggestions!
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Produce a culture of fitness and pride within DoD civilian community. “Declining workforce health contributes to an increase in health-related expenses, both in direct medical payments and indirect costs resulting from absenteeism and presenteeism. Wellness programs have been shown to save money; however, such programs are underused. One reason may be that the future benefits of healthy employees are significantly undervalued relative to the cost.” --Promoting Prevention Through the Affordable Care Act: Workplace Wellness, CDC. Encourage employees to take time and make the effort to keep physically fit on their own accord—on their own time—not work time. Do this with cash awards. The Navy PRT/PFA standards are objective. Testing to Navy PRT/PFA standards every six months will ensure participants stay with the program and stay fit.
 
1. To qualify for a cash award the employee must satisfactorily test and meet Navy PRT/PFA standards
2. Award amounts are not related to pay scales
3. Employees may be tested no more than every six months.
 
- Submitted by a Navy Civilian
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Require all Technical Warrant Holders, Design Managers, Chief Design Engineers, Program managers, and lead SMEs to provide quarterly case study files, design training modules, or examples of key technical data that can be used as training modules for the next generation. Organize the input by SWBS, ship class, or similar technical category. Training modules should have a presentation (PowerPoint, video, paper) and should require some form of student product delivered like a design problem, investigative study, or worksheet. Something other than a multiple choice test.
- Submitted by a Navy Civilian
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1. Locate a Fab Lab at a Ground Support Equipment facility so artisans can use scanners, CAD and AM machines to fabricate various gadgets, tooling, and or hard to find parts. That said, they would need access to a metallic machine at some point. However, having them exposed to scanning parts, 3D modeling of a part in CAD, and then printing it in plastic would be a game changer for them.
 
2. Forward deployed FAB Lab team to include CAD jockey's and all the design and manufacturing equipment. Forward deployed personnel need to have access to skilled fabricators who can design ideas in the field, print them and test for form fit and function. These designs can then be made in the appropriate materials and tested accordingly. This is how new innovated enhancements are introduced to existing products, especially for Special Ops and other urgent operational needs. Bring the capability to them rather than pushing ideas upstream and then hoping for a solution. We need to think how we can rapidly respond at the pointy end.
 
3. Lemoore, CA address the O' Level and get the fleet trained and thinking outside the box on ideas on how to fix our obsolesce issues; they could perhaps even design a change and print it and then submit for a change.
 
4. Obviously all three Fleet Readiness Centers could benefit from the training and hands on. They have been doing a lot with polymers; but metals are going to be a game changers- so perhaps some training directed at that.
 
- Submitted by a Navy Civilian
(The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense or the United States government.)
01
OCT

Navy General Military Training (GMT) is changing. Find out how…...
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