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Lieutenant Commander Christopher Mergen was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Awards in the category of Innovation Scholarship (Professional Military Education) for his essay entitled, “Development of Maritime Patrol Aviation in the Interwar Period, 1918-1941.”...
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The Office of Strategy and Innovation held a 2-day workshop on a DON Learning Organization at MITRE headquarters in Tysons on 19-20 April. The workshop was attended by DON leaders and innovators cross-sectioning acquisition, Research and Development (R&D), and operational elements already fully engaged in learning organization research, experimentation, and action. Attendees included over 30 participants from across the Department of Defense, HQ Navy and Marine Corps in addition to component and echelon representatives...

Too Many Personnel Systems (Merged Idea) Learn about the issue…
 
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The Naval Warfare Centers, Systems Centers and Naval Research Laboratory, also known as the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE), provides innovative technological breakthroughs to address Fleet Forces identified gaps and/or innovative operational concepts. The NR&DE uses the working capital fund (WCF), which offers many benefits, but in some cases limit resources and/or funding authority. This potentially leads to cases where funding of innovative ideas and concepts are not pursued if not clearly tied to an existing demand (i.e., a customer-funded requirement)...

Midshipman Second Class Annie McDonald studies Mechanical Engineering at the George Washington University, and was recognized for winning the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Award in the category of Innovation Scholarship (Midshipmen) for her essay entitled, “The Nuclear Triad and Interoperable Weapons.”...
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PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, presented Cmdr. Jeffery Heames, commanding officer of USS Preble, the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Award for the innovation leadership category during Heames' change of command ceremony, April 22...
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NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) – Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) hosted Apollo Challenge participants and held a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fair aboard Naval Station Norfolk, April 22. Two hundred students from three area middle schools, Deep Creek, Great Bridge and Crestwood, visited MARMC to participate in the large STEAM Fair...
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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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Build a interactive webserver to publish all currently approved ship's instructions. This includes Commanding Officer's Night Orders, Commanding Officer's Standing Orders, Temp Standing Orders. The Website should include a easy tool to "suggest changes and edits." There should be an automated feature that tracks the last time that the responsible stakeholder conducted a review of the instruction. This could make the sometimes painful administrative burden of efficiently managing ship's instructions easier and more relevant. I think the feedback tool for instructions would be a great add-on.
- Submitted by a Navy Officer
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A simple thing called "drag" costs many millions in fuel costs. We have cathodic protection but that only slows growth down. Having a robot, such as one like an underwater "roomba", attach itself to the hull and scrub any and all biological growth can greatly reduce improve the Navy through the following ways: (1) fuel saved from decreased drag, (2) increased range due to savings of fuel, and (3) Actual de-fouling needed less often, saving money. Inspection robots would be the first phase. When ships pull in to ports, it can get inspected below the waterline. A robot can be programmed to take pictures continually, creating a large 3D image of the hull and allowing users to see how much and where defouling is needed. When a need for robotic defouling is determined, multiple robots can be deployed at once that carefully defoul the hull, minding sea-chests/suction/venting, by detecting unusual water flow, and also avoiding protruding items such as anemometers and sonar-related equipment. A post-inspection will be performed and an assessment made, with the 3D model kept for future reference.
- Submitted by a Sailor
(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.)
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The Department of the Navy’s top innovators were recognized by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during a ceremony April 21 at the Pentagon...
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As Program Manager of the Submarine Combat and Weapon Control System Program (PMS-425), Capt Zimmerman's leadership, drive, and unrelenting pursuit of innovation resulted in the fastest, least expensive, and most significant improvement in Submarine Combat System capabilities in the history of the Submarine Force...
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Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center's Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab, is participating in the Third Annual National Week of Making to recognize the military's best innovation initiatives. A project coordinated by the Fab Lab is slated to be featured this June during the White House's Third Annual Week of Making, part of the National Maker Fair in the nation's capital ...
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One week ago, we asked people to step back from your day-to-day and take a moment to focus on the future. We wanted people to imagine it's the year 2031. An entire Generation, Generation Y, has come of age and assimilated into the workforce...
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ALNAV 12/16 formally established the Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC). The NIAC is a dynamic new forum for the top Navy, Marine Corps and DON Civilian Innovators to advance problem-solving projects and to advise the Secretary of the Navy on innovation opportunities within the Department of the Navy...
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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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One of the best times to capture knowledge that wasn't passed in turnover is when we're first assigned to a new position. Additionally, we acquire fragments of data on a daily basis we are unconsciously aware of as valuable and tend to discount its importance in turnover or documentation. Using an end-of-day process that takes 5 minutes, a computer app (or smartphone app) would take the user through a structured review of the day to identify what went well and why, and what didn’t go as well as expected and why. This review would also include names of contacts and their roles as subject matter experts or facilitators in accomplishing tasks or completing missions. The app could be configured so that it runs at a scheduled time each day to capture information that might otherwise be lost. This app would allow voice or keyboard input and would compile the information into a usable format for a turnover document as well as a searchable manual that could be consulted for use on a day-to-day basis or by staff covering down.
- Submitted by a Navy Officer
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Every year, the Navy spends thousands of manpower hours to ensure the fleet receives General Military Training on a variety of topics. While this has been reduced in recent years, we are still requiring employees to waste valuable time completing courses which have already been completed successfully. In High School or College if one successfully completed Geometry/U.S. History 101 you would not be required to take the entire course every year.
- 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.)
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WEST BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced two Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) teams Feb. 9 as winners in the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Awards. The awards program recognizes the top individual and team innovations that have made remarkable innovative accomplishments to solve the Navy's most challenging problems during this past year...
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel held a public meeting to address its research about the ways to establish a culture of innovation in the Department of the Navy, March 17. SNAP's mission is to provide expert advice on a variety of issues that range from service members' health to nuclear weapons. DON will use the guidance to help aide in the retention of service members and to foster innovation throughout the Navy ...
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Baby Boomers are retiring fast, really fast. The Department of the Navy has recognized this and is trying to attract and retain younger generations such as Generation Y's and Millennials. The plan the DON has come up with to attract Gen Ys and Millennials is Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet...
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PAMPANGA, Philippines - Military aircraft use a Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) system in order to locate a landing strip during inclement weather. A generator that runs off of diesel fuel usually powers the TACAN. However, Gunnery Sgt. Michael Ott, the navigational aids chief for Marine Air Control Squadron 4 (MACS-4), Detachment Alpha, has found a way to power the system using items that were either found in the trash or old equipment that was reconfigured so that the TACAN could run off of solar power...
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Cmdr. Jeffery Heames, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was recognized as calendar year 2015’s winner for Secretary of the Navy’s Innovation Awards Program’s Innovation Leadership category, Feb. 8. The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Innovation Awards Program recognizes top talented Sailors, Marines and civilians who are continually creating innovative solutions for complex problems in the fleet...
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PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Adm. Scott Swift, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, delivered a keynote speech at the closing of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Mission Planning Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation seminar March 24...
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The Department of the Navy (DON) has a diverse and talented workforce, unmatched by any other in the world. To keep that advantage, we must continue to cultivate Sailors, Marines and civilians who will work innovatively to confront - and stay well ahead of - the challenges facing our Nation. We can enhance our efforts by giving our personnel relevant feedback via innovative assessment mechanisms to help them evaluate and use their strengths and dedicate attention and resources to areas that may need improvement. Through effective implementation, this feedback will hone the skills of our future leaders and foster continued growth and excellence in the execution of our mission...
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FLEET READINESS CENTER MID-ATLANTIC, OCEANA, Va. -- Across the Navy, talented Sailors, Marines and civilians are creating innovative solutions to the most complex problems. To acknowledge their initiative and self-starter mindset, Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), recognizes these individuals and teams through the annual Innovation Awards Program in the following areas: Robotics/Autonomous Systems, Data Analytics, Additive Manufacturing, Innovation Leadership, Innovation Scholarship, Enlisted Innovator, Innovation Catalyst and Outside the Box...
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