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).
CAPT Frank Futcher, U.S. Navy
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
A former prosecutor, policy analyst, consultant, and teacher. Jon practices human-centered design, Brazilian Jujitsu, and jazz piano.
Mr. Scott Hargate
Awards & Learning Stories Lead
A retired Marine Corps Communications Officer, electronic marksman, and amateur tinkerer. Scott enjoys designing and creating things, be they digital or tacit.