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Spotlights on Innovation

May 2016


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...

The Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O) initiatives crosscut the Marine Corps and set the example for the services in the pursuit of energy excellence [Modeling & Simulation, Dismounted Energy Technologies, Service Energy Wargame, and Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)]. E2O’s leadership and efforts to transform the Marine Corps and instill an expeditionary energy ethos has resulted in a pivotal shift in the way that the Naval Service positions itself for operational reach in a new era of global engagement. Specifically, the E2O embarked on a paradigm challenging war game that not only created scenario-backed Energy Supportability and Risk Analyses but, in aggregate, created the momentum to more closely examine ship-to-shore fuel movement across the services...

As one of the teams selected to participate in the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s inaugural Innovation Challenge in 2015, the Sensor Embedding in Additive Manufacturing (SEAM) Team project established a novel solution for monitoring the structural health of additively-manufactured (AM) metallic parts...

FREEMONT, CA – Joining an elite group in the energy innovation sector, the Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, spoke at the 4 May 2016 World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF) regarding energy innovation and its impact on the Department of the Navy (DON) future. While those in the private sector may think topics like new energy and innovation are often not considered paramount within military agendas, Mr. Mabus asked the audience to challenge that perception...

The Nuclear Logistics Enterprise Application Suite (NUCLEAS) team developed business intelligence capabilities to unify the functional business areas of the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) Nuclear Reactors Supply Chain Management Directorate (NRSCMD) into a highly transparent, common operating picture capable of achieving tailored data analytics...

Over the past few years, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) North Island’s Cold Spray Implementation Team has made tremendous strides, using Cold Spray technology, in repairing and returning high-value, low in-supply, and long lead-time aircraft components to the Fleet. The team's objective was to develop a process to rapidly repair aircraft components for return to service rather than scrapping them and buying replacements (i.e., cost avoidance)...

While serving as the Maintenance and Material Control Officer onboard USS ESSEX (LHD 2), Chief Warrant Officer (CWO2) Kaiser Reinhart coordinated the maintenance and upkeep of the Fleet's only 3D printing system onboard an amphibious assault ship (LHD or LHA). He encouraged innovation and led the completion of 19 projects spanning four departments and two ships. CWO2 Reinhart provided enhanced mission capability through the reproduction of replacement parts for critical shipboard, aviation, and support equipment...

Midshipman First Class James Catina was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the 2015 SECNAV Innovation Awards in the category of Innovation Scholarship (Midshipmen) for his research, “Use of Additive Manufacturing to Model & Develop Advanced Liquid Propulsion.” ...

The Athena Team aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) created both an environment and a conduit for innovative ideas to be quickly vetted, approved, and implemented by senior personnel. Transformational ideas from any level of the workforce were acted upon within weeks versus months or years. Their initiative allowed the ship to re-allocate over 6,000 man hours to mission critical projects and a recycling project estimated to recycle 42,266 pounds of paper, plastic, and aluminum and returning the profits to Navy Base Kitsap Recycling...

CAMP PENDLETON – Ongoing efforts to meet newly emerging and indeterminate requirements of the Navy and Marine Corps in a way that could shave time and costs while meeting expeditionary goals and warfighter needs were met with great applause this month at Camp Pendleton. The Expeditionary Manufacturing Mobile Test Bed (EXMAN) is part of a broader implementation strategy for the SECNAV Innovation Vision. Throughout the last year, LtCol Gregory B. Pace and his Marines have been inspiring a collective understanding of digital manufacturing requirements in the field. Their efforts paid off this month during the Commanding General and Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (Plans) visits as they were able to show the team building Inventor2 machines...

In January 2015, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus established Task Force Innovation (TFI) and directed it with 'harnessing that creative energy of our Sailors and Marines and infusing the ideas that come forward into our operations.' TFI was comprised innovators of all ranks from across the department, and their charge was to develop a strategy that brought together independent efforts to create a cohesive innovation agenda for the Department of the Navy. In April 2015, Secretary Mabus announced his innovation agenda at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition; this speech kicked-off a series of events and policy changes that spanned an entire year. On 21 April 2016, the SECNAV Innovation Awards ceremony marked the culmination of Task Force Innovation (TFI), with the Secretary taking this opportunity to recognize Task Force Innovation, its leadership and its remarkable accomplishments. To highlight the successful sprint of TFI, the complete DON Innovation Vision is available for review. For more information on the Innovation Award winners and ongoing initiatives across the Department of the Navy, please visit the Strategy and Innovation team at the TFI Booth at this year's Sea-Air-Space Exposition, held May 16-18 2016 at the Gaylord Convention Center....

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