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CHIPS, the U.S. Department of the Navy's Information Technology magazine, is published exclusively online each quarter. The theme for the July-September 2017 edition is focused on the CNO's Future Navy vision. In addition to increasing the number of ships in the fleet, the Navy must also incorporate new technologies and new operational concepts, Adm. John Richardson wrote. Navy and Marine Corps commands are working feverishly to achieve objectives set by CNO and the Commandant to enable a more lethal and innovative force.


Each issue of CHIPS contains a message from the DON CIO discussing the latest IT policies and initiatives in the department, as well as guidance from DON subject matter experts in areas of vital interest that cover the range of Navy information technology/information management, tactical as well as business systems and networks, communications, C4I, ISR, innovation, process improvement, OPSEC, cybersecurity, spectrum, information warfare and diversity/professional development.

Transparent Biomimetic Armor is 25% more effective and enhances warfighter protection while increasing survivability, mobility and transportability.


U.S. Naval Research Laboratory displays the multifunction capabilities Circular Phased Arrays that can provide.


Modern guerrilla (irregular) war involves a smaller force fighting an established professional force, usually belonging to a government. Modern conflicts are equal parts political and military due to one side’s attempt to undermine the authority of the government. In these conflicts, the smaller force seeks to mitigate the larger force’s strength through asymmetric means. For a superior force, operational innovation is vitally important because its technical advantages can be offset by the enemy’s strategies.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Ocean Battlespace Sensing and Prediction allows Naval and Joint Forces to operate more safely and effectively, and make better decisions, faster than the adversary.


The Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) display shows the type of damage that occurs with laser weapons systems.


The Integrated Clinical Management and Risk Mitigation System (ICM-RMS) is a novel force preservation solution designed to provide commanders with real time force preservation data from multiple sources, enabling them to make holistic assessments of at-risk service members, preemptively identify those in need of intervention, and receive risk alerts and notifications when new data is entered by other key force preservation personnel.
The absence of effective risk surveillance techniques and limited communication between commanders, medical personnel, and mental health professionals are two primary obstacles to force preservation. To maximize force preservation efforts, tools must be developed that facilitate communication between key stakeholders, promote early identification of at-risk service members, and help commanders develop appropriate leader management plans and interventions. LCDR Yaron G. Rabinowitz, an Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) Psychologist at 2d Marines, developed the ICM-RMS to address these specific vulnerabilities. This project has fundamentally transformed the Marine Corps Force Preservation process.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have created a rotary wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) specifically for Electronic Warfare (EW) operations.


Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) uses lightning for precision timing to enable Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and secure communications.


Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Nanosatellites are next generation space-based communications. This ground-breaking technology is affordable, resilient and responsive.


The Marine Corps has recently launched an innovative initiative known as the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) Planning Yard (MPY). The MCEN is the Marine Corps network of networks and approved interconnected network segments. It's comprised of the logical and physical infrastructure necessary to provide end to end communications from the supporting establishment to the forward deployed forces. The MPY implements a structured approach that facilitates the maintenance of the MCEN through rigorous configuration management while enabling a technical evaluation process of all proposed hardware and software changes to determine the impact of those changes to the MCEN.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) created a centralized online distribution source for use by the Marine Corps at large to access software applications promoting unified development and providing a medium for communities of interest to share and explore developed software capabilities.


Space And Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Benthic Zone Microbial Fuel Cells deliver power for underwater systems. The benthic microbial fuel cell (BMFC) system is an enabling technology that provides long-lasting power for pervasive and persistent surveillance systems.


CWO2 Joseph Lester has dedicated his life's work to ensuring that his fellow Marines have access to the correct information, at the appropriate time, to enable them to make the right decisions. His personal drive has fundamentally altered how Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) supports overall intelligence operations within the Marine Corps. The positive results from CWO2 Lester's efforts have been wide-ranging, substantially impacting many people from the individual Marine to the Department of Defense as a whole, as well as at each level in-between. Locally, CWO2 Lester created a culture within his Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) section that resulted in sustained creativity and innovation. In pursuit of revolutionizing METOC support to Intelligence and MAGTF Operations, he promoted ingenuity throughout his battalion, inspiring others around him to find unique solutions to dynamic problem sets. CWO2 Lester has championed an environment of creative thinking that takes cutting edge METOC concepts from vision to policy.

Space And Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) is working on new technology to benefit the warfighter. The Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR) offers Faster and better information that speeds planning and operations. Commercial technology that saves time, money and enhances the warfighters abilities.


Space And Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific's (SSC Pacific) Advanced Shipboard Topside Antenna Design offers next generation SIGINT IO with expanded frequency coverage and improved multi-functional capabilities in single antenna aperture.


Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) NetZero Containerized Living Unit is novel concepts that will Integrate Energy Efficient SuperCLU with Renewable Energy to completely power CLUs at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa.


Reaction Control: Developing The Antifragile Warrior, researched, developed, and implemented by LtCol Noah Komnick at Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38 (MWCS-38), is a wholly new and unique program that will enhance a Marine's cognitive abilities in combat situations. The Marine Corps does not currently have a system for teaching Marines how to increase their mental fitness. Fortunately, Reaction Control can fill this gap.

NSWC Carderock design and production effort was a proof of concept which realized DoD’s largest full-scale, 3D-printed asset to date. It has demonstrated the ability to rapidly prototype and produce—at full scale—via additive manufacturing.


Laser Metrology is precision measurement enabling augment reality and additive manufacturing which enables the rapid, highly accurate digital data capture of environments and parts.


The U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community completely transformed a 2012 Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) Fastlane Initiative into the Navy's premier Mine Countermeasures (MCM) unit of action, the Expeditionary MCM (ExMCM) Company. The success and speed of this truly groundbreaking initiative, including the fielding of the MK18 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) family of systems and commercial remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), resulted in the delivery of effective and reliable operational MCM capability in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. Due to its many successes, global demand for this specialized capability continues to grow.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Newport, RI: Cross-Domain Unmanned Systems (UxS) Command & Control (C2) from Submarine Combat System (SCS) allows submarines to "grow longer arms" by controlling air, subsurface robots together.


Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport RI: Bio-Inspired Undersea Sensing designs provide a unique framework for innovative concepts in undersea sensing and offer advantages to the warfighter.


Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Detachment Pacific Fleet's Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) Synthetic Test and Training technologies utilize simulated scenarios to provide realistic defensive and offensive training in a distributed environment.


The current DOD policy restricts the development of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS). This policy needs to be replaced with a new policy that not only acknowledges the importance of LAWS in future conflicts but also spurs the development of the various technologies required to bring LAWS to fruition.

NSWC Panama City Division Biodegradable Non-lethal and Non-kinetic Effectors augment high-value assets with low-cost effectors.


Over the last 15 years, cyber-attacks on both civilian and military organizations have increased exponentially. In 2009, in an attempt to prevent such attacks, then Defense Secretary Robert Gates established the U.S. Cyber Command with the mission to deter or defeat strategic threats to U.S. interests and infrastructure. Since that time, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) has worked diligently to fill its 133 cyber mission teams with the most qualified cyber operators.

3D Expeditionary Scanning & Model Development NSWC Panama City Division leverages innovation by realizing paradigm shift from 2D to 3D Technical Data management.


NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division Additive Manufactured Munitions & Ordnance (AMMO) has the potential to revolutionize weaponeering through print on demand warheads.

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