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Don't miss out on the 2017 Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo from 20-21 July! See cutting-edge advances in naval technology, discuss research opportunities with ONR, and much more. Early bird discount ends 2 February.


Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division Commanding Officer CAPT JT Elder was named the Laboratory Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) on Friday. Each year since 1999, the FLC National Advisory Council has honored Laboratory Directors who have made outstanding contributions to support technology transfer (T2) activities in their organizations and the communities they serve. Bravo Zulu Captain Elder!

The NIAC sustains a vital functional component supporting implementation of the DON innovation Vision. Comprised of a small cadre of Navy, Marine Corps, and DON civilian personnel, the NIAC is a dynamic forum for hand-selected advisors to conduct research, advance problem-solving projects, and advise the SECNAV on innovation opportunities within the DON.


In this day and age, there is no shortage of open source and social media information. Sifting through this information for relevant data is a primarily manual analysis process. But what if we could automate this process to extract precise information to identify early indicators of significant human events, such as social unrest? That's one operational implication of a leading data analytics innovator's work.


Join us at the DON IT Conference in San Diego, California, from 21-23 Feb! Learn about new and emerging IT policy and initiatives, earn credits toward continuous learning per SECNAVINST 1543.2 (which requires that Cyberspace/IT workforce members have 40 hours of continuous learning per year), and hear discussions between DON IT leaders and the DON IT community responsible for implementing policies and processes at the working level. Register at the link below.


Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Marine Corps Commandant's Innovation Challenge! The Challenge was launched in 2016 to solicit innovative ideas from Marines, Sailors, and government civilians from across the Marine Corps. Winners will have the opportunity to work with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) to discuss and develop a way ahead for implementing their innovative ideas. To learn more about the challenge winners and results, follow the link below.


Navy innovator LCDR Rollie Wicks was featured on CBS 60 Minutes for "The Coming Swarm," a revealing segment about the rise of game-changing autonomous systems. LCDR Wicks, an expert in autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and robotics, was a by-name request to be a project lead at Unmanned Warrior 2016, the world's largest unmanned systems demonstration. He established an unrivaled reputation for innovation vision, leadership, and expertise. Watch "The Coming Swarm" at the link below!


The Scalable Mobile Applications and Ready Training (SMART) pilot program employs mobile, encrypted tablets and remotely accessible instructional videos and content to modernize training methodology at Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD).
Spearheaded by Master Chief Michael Lentz, NAVSCOLEOD's Training Technology Development (TTD) lead, the SMART pilot was established in 2014 and vetted in 2015 as part of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' Task Force Innovation (TFI) program. In the two years since it was established, SMART has already bolstered students' quality of work and increased their ability to surpass academic standards.


Over the past 14 months, and through the direct support of the Department of the Navy's Office of Strategy & Innovation, the Marine Corps has greatly increased the exploration of additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing. In this article by Captain Alexander Morrow, USMC, you'll learn about the Marine Maker initiative, which connects and empowers a rapidly growing community of Marines from all occupations, ranks, and experience levels to design, test, and create solutions to any operational challenge they face.

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