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Spotlights on Innovation

October 2016


Petty Officer 1st Class Grant Ammon and Petty Officer 2nd Class Darby Dillon
Luckily, the skies above the island of Benbecula, a remote Scottish outpost in the Outer Hebrides, have been clear and calm so far this October.


On 21 September, 2016, the U.S. Navy conducted a live-flight demonstration of the 3D-printed unmanned aerial system (UAS) Operational Responsiveness 1 (OR-1) in Newport, RI. The UAS flight was conducted within view of heads of navies and coast guards from nations around the globe that participated in the 22nd International Seapower Symposium (ISS-22).


While you may not be familiar with the term “social business,” chances are it plays a key role in your everyday life.
Generally defined, social business cultivates the creation of networks and products which connect people and promote collaboration, shared learning, and innovation. Social business networks like IBM Connections and Microsoft SharePoint have been successfully incorporated across both the private and public sectors and continue to thrive. Many of these networks have even grown beyond a single corporation to connect leaders and experts across diverse industries.


(QUANTICO, VA) In late September, the Marine Corps Base Quantico co-sponsored the Modern Day Marine 2016 Exposition. Attendees of the annual event were able to view some of the newest ideas currently being developed by Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM); Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL); Marine Corps Installations and Logistics (I&L); Marine Corps Energy; Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock; Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); Office of Naval Research (ONR); and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD).


In late 2013, the Submarine Force decided to modernize the 1990's combat systems on OHIO-Class submarines. In early 2014, as the Submarine Combat and Weapon Control Systems (PMS 425) Program Manager, I realized that due to the process we use for developing software and hardware, it would take until 2022 to modernize all SSBN combat systems. Based on this lengthy timeline, I challenged my team - "How might we bring as much submarine combat system capability to the entire SSBN Fleet, for as little money as possible, in one year's time?" With no program dollars set aside for this initiative, any resources required would have to come from other organizations or from savings within our program. The one-year target meant we would have to bring capability faster than had ever been done before. However, the most important part of the question was the first three words – “How might we…”


(03 Sep 2016)...From Navy Office of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- October marks the annual cybersecurity education and awareness campaign. As Navy systems and functions become increasingly reliant on cyberspace, adhering to best cyber practices and behaving with integrity online are critical to protecting Navy networks.


(30 Sep 2016)...By Barbara Wagner
DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) co-hosted the Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference in partnership with the Association of Old Crows at the University of Mary Washington's Dahlgren Campus, Sept. 20-22.

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