SAN DIEGO (Feb. 14, 2019) Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts announced on stage at West 2019 the stand up of Naval Expeditions (NavalX) Agility Office. NavalX will empower the Department of Navy's workforce with Agility tools that enable bold flexibility and drive accelerated outcomes. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Walters/Released)

Lines of Effort

Our Lines of Effort


Codified methods and tools, created by the user community and maintained by practitioners.

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Tech Bridges

Connecting the workforce to other agencies, small businesses, startups, non-profits, academia, and private markets.

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Launch Platforms

Seaside Chats, Workshops, Human/Warfighter Centered Design, Training Events.

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Recognize community through continuous awards & stories to incentivize agility behaviors.

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NavalX At work

About Us

Welcome To NavalX

NavalX serves as the Department of Navy (DON) workforce "super-connector," focused on scaling non-traditional agility methods across the DON workforce. Our Naval culture of decentralized autonomy has been described as an innovation landscape marked by isolated and short-lived bursts of success.

The approach is to connect to these isolated pockets of excellence to capture and scale the methodologies being employed, increasing awareness of cross-Department of Defense (DoD) and external successes, lessons learned, and subject matter experts.

NavalX was formally announced in February 2019, as a direct-report initiative under the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN RDA).


Our Team


CAPT Frank Futcher, U.S. Navy

Director, NavalX

A Supply Corps Officer, acquisition professional, war college professor, and wine enthusiast. Frank enjoys golf, early morning exercise, and family vacations.


Mr. David Schiff

Deputy Director, NavalX

A former Naval Officer, program manager, amateur photographer, and movie fanatic. David enjoys rock climbing, bringing people together, and overseas travel.


CDR Sam "Chubs" Gray, U.S. Navy

Director, Tech Bridges

An F/A-18 pilot, crisis planner, and bureaucracy hacker. Chubs finds great joy in building, sustaining, and launching teams to solve impossible problems, of which there are none.


Ms. Lauren Hanyok

Launch Platforms Lead

An aerospace engineer, aesthetics enthusiast, and instructor. Lauren enjoys singing metal, dancing, and connecting people together.


Capt Jon Margolick, U.S. Marine Corps

Playbook Lead

A former prosecutor, policy analyst, consultant, and teacher. Jon practices human-centered design, Brazilian Jujitsu, and jazz piano.


Mr. Scott Hargate

Recognitions Lead

A retired Marine Corps Communications Officer, electronic marksman, and amateur tinkerer. Scott enjoys designing and creating things, be they digital or tacit.


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+1 703 692 8106

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