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The second Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC) theme has just been announced! The theme for FY-17 is 'Design thinking for a learning organization: applying design methods to meet innovative challenges.' NIAC advisors have already been selected for FY17, but if you are interested in joining NIAC in the future, the application process for the following year will be announced in the next few months. In the meantime, please review the ALNAV for eligibility requirements....

The Marine Corps initiated its first logistics innovation challenge on 15 June. LtGen Mike Dana is leading the effort to improve the Corps with innovative ideas. LtGen Dana wants the Corps to take advantage of new technologies such as additive manufacturing, laser cutters, smart watches, and virtual reality. He invites Marines, Sailors, and civilians to brainstorm for ways to incorporate technology to improve gear. Participants may submit ideas that are as detailed or simple as they desire, teamwork is encouraged. Submissions are evaluated on creativity, feasibility, and potential for benefit to the Corps. The deadline for the challenge is 15 July and winners will be notified starting 1 August. Winners will be sent to a lab for prototyping and will be invited to discuss their ideas with top leaders....

The Project Longhorn Team, comprised of members from Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division, and Department of Energy partners at Sandia National Laboratories, was recognized with the SECNAV Innovation Award in the Innovation Catalyst category for its achievements in mitigating a serious cyber threat to the United States Fleet. The team delivered pioneering capability in a significantly abbreviated time frame, eradicating the identified threat. The success of the team stems from the innovative approach of leveraging cutting-edge technology employed by the best performers across disparate technology and organizational boundaries, which has culminated with providing significant positive benefits to the Department of the Navy and Department of Defense...
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