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My challenge to the Fleet, the Navy, and the rest of the Department of Defense is to not just seek out "innovation." For many reasons, just seeking out innovation is not enough. I challenge the fleet to be "deliberately innovative," taking deliberate steps to drive innovation and change into the organization.


Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has already demonstrated incredible potential to transform the future of our naval forces’ maintenance and logistics supply chains, increase logistics resilience, and enable true self-sustainment for our forces during operations. Fabrication Laboratories are at the forefront of this transformation.


Meet the DON Innovation team at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition from 3-5 April at the Gaylord Convention Center! SAS is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support.


Just under a century ago, Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels ordered establishment of the Naval Aircraft Factory. A generation later, it played a role in building unmanned aircraft.


We are pleased to announce that for the first time, additive manufacturing demonstration items are displayed in the Pentagon E-Ring! The items were installed earlier this month between the 6th and 7th corridors, next to the SECNAV and UNSECNAV offices on the 4th floor.


The Marine Corps Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) was recently established in order to accelerate prototyping, demonstration, experimentation, and limited equipping of emerging capabilities. The ultimate goal of the RCO is to increase the operating force's survivability and lethality while informing future force requirements and investment planning.


Apache Rya is an open source database management system being used by DON Innovators. Rya is one of the most advanced database projects underway in the Department of the Navy today and will serve to help DON Personnel to communicate with robots and artificial intelligence in a more natural way. The latest naval application of Rya was recently highlighted in a CBS 60 Minutes episode on the new generation of drones.


DON Innovation is pleased to welcome two recent additions to the FY17 Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC): LDCR Jonathan McCarter and LT Christopher Cromie. LCDR McCarter and LT Cromie round out a dynamic forum of five Sailors and two Marines engaged in advancing innovation opportunities within the DON.


The FY17 Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC) program is in full swing. At approximately the halfway point of the program, the 7 SECNAV Innovation Advisors have been diligently conducting research and advancing problem-solving projects for the benefit of the Department of the Navy. Check out our NIAC update for information on projects nearing completion, key findings, and more.


On 9 February, witness the world's first autonomous "dogfight" between UAS swarms! A UAS swarm using behaviors developed at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) will engage a swarm using behaviors developed at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Lectures explaining the science behind this experiment, challenges posed by swarms in the near future, and counter UAS developments will be conducted leading up to the event.

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