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Richard V. Spencer
Secretary of the Navy
Spotlights on Innovation
Small Business – The First Option for Innovation
In November 2014, the Secretary of Defense cited America’s eroding dominance in key warfighting areas when calling for “a broad, department-wide initiative to pursue innovative ways to sustain and advance our military superiority for the 21st century and improve business operations throughout the department.” (1) The desire to do business with innovative non-traditional partners was clearly articulated by the creation of Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in the Silicon Valley and the strong emphasis Better Buying Power 3.0 places on the need to innovate and achieve technical excellence. Scan the Internet and one can find numerous articles questioning whether or not the Department of Defense (DoD) can do business with Silicon Valley and attract non-traditional defense companies to help solve our problems and retain our technological edge...
Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC) Fellow Briefs the House Committee on Agriculture
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rollie Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rollie Wicks provided a set of briefings to U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rollie Wicks provided a set of briefings to U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, congressional members and staff of the House Committee on Agriculture in December and January...
ATHENA Far East Inaugural Event
The ATHENA Far East inaugural event is Friday, January 15th in the Commodore Matthew Perry General Mess "Tatami Room", from 1245-1430. The ATHENAproject was created onboard USS BENFOLD in 2012 - Led by Dave Nobles and a group of sailors who wanted to make BENFOLD and the Navy better by developing solutions to problems that Sailors see in the Navy - anything from developing new systems or retooling old systems, to new training plans, to fixing "broken" programs. By harnessing deckplate innovations and creating a cadre of forward-thinking, creatively confident Sailors, we are paving the way for the Fleet of tomorrow...
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