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Earlier this month, the Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps provided a comprehensive response to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Memorandum on Wargaming, which included the establishment of a virtual community of practice (vCOP) for Sailors, Marines, and Civilians with an interest in wargaming...

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus honors four U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers, Feb. 9, in first-year SECNAV Innovation Awards Program. The institution of the program is part of a broader Department of the Navy (DoN) effort to empower and reward Sailors, Marines and civilian innovators who made significant innovative achievements in any of eight designated categories within the calendar year...

A team of scientists led by Dr. Paul Jaffe, spacecraft engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), have been named winners of the first-ever Department of Defense (DoD) Diplomacy, Development, and Defense (D3) Innovation Summit Pitch Challenge, for the innovative concept to harness space-based solar energy to power terrestrial assets...

MONTEREY, Calif. - When the winners of the Secretary of the Navy Innovation Awards were announced Feb. 8, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) was well-represented among the honorees. NPS alumnus Lt. Brendan Geoghegan was named winner of the Innovation Scholar (Professional Military Education) Category for his thesis research while a student on campus. Similarly, Lt. Clay Greunke received an honorable mention for his student thesis, and members of university’s Advanced Robotics Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL) were recognized with an honorable mention...

YOKOSUKA, Japan – Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Benjamin Lebron has helped improve the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald’s (DDG 62) anti-submarine warfare capabilities by developing and implementing an innovative new program that assists in locating and tracking submarines...

DAHLGREN, Va. - Bionic power, solar panels, and the kinetic transducing Lightning Pack. Eric South and Sara Lohmann talk about integrating these technologies on a human with the vision and enthusiasm of a Hollywood director. However, they are not directing a movie or remaking the 'Bionic Man' television series. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) civilian engineers - along with their Army counterpart and a Marine officer - are envisioning thousands of Marines and Soldiers continually producing power, energy, and water while on the move...

Monterey, Calif. (NNS) -- Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Edward Montoya at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey Calif. is one of only four enlisted Sailors in the Navy to receive a 2015 Secretary of the Navy Innovation award. Montoya received the award along with fellow members of NPS' Advanced Robotics Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL)...

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SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A broad coalition of Naval commands joined together March 16 on USS Essex to launch the first platform for Sailors to transition technological concepts straight from the deckplates to Navy labs for rapid prototyping and testing in the fleet. Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, the Office of Naval Research, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific collaborated for the project...

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Imagine a next-generation virtual reality software program that will help steer Navy ships on the right course. One Naval officer was not only able to imagine it, but he also invented a virtual reality navigation prototype. Lt. Brendan Geoghegan is the first Sailor from U.S. 7th Fleet to win the 2015 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Innovation Award. ...

The Secretary of the Navy signed the FY16 Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC) ALNAV on 9 March 2016, which establishes the NIAC and provides guidance to the initial cadre of military and civilian personnel who will establish and validate its processes and policies. The NIAC Advisors will consider, develop, and accelerate innovative concepts for presentation to SECNAV and other DON senior leaders. The FY16 focus area is "Exploiting Information as the Backbone of Innovation." The FY17 NIAC ALNAV will be released shortly to provide guidance/requirements and announce the FY17 focus as "Design thinking for a learning organization: applying design methods to meet innovative challenges"...

As the older generations of the civilian workforce continue to retire, it has become increasingly evident that the DON must develop the next generation workforce by engaging and leveraging the Generation Y workforce, or “millennials.” Gen Y is significantly underrepresented in the DON workforce compared to organizations outside the DON. Meanwhile, opportunities in career fields critical to the future success of the DON continue to grow. Understanding how to recruit, retain, develop, and manage the expectations of Gen Y workers in critical occupational fields will be a vital component to positioning the DON for the future. Read more...

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) recently posted the Department of the Navy (DON) Key Strategic Issue List (KSIL) for 2016 (link below). The Secretary of the Navy directed the creation of the KSIL in May 2015 to identify the DON's key research issues and share them with a diverse audience. The objective is to drive a cross-disciplinary approach to problem solving and broaden access to completed research studies. The KSIL is a living document, covers all functional communities, and will be updated regularly to reflect the research needs of the U.S. Navy. ...
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