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Spotlights on Innovation

November 2016


(26 Nov 2016) By NSWC Crane Public Affairs
Bloomington, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) hosted STEM representatives from NSWC Keyport, Corona, Dahlgren, NUWC Newport, Puget Sound Navy Shipyard and Strategic Systems Program for a two-day makerspace training workshop on Oct. 12-13 at WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Facility.


(USNI News, 23 Nov 2016) By Megan Eckstein
Mr. Thomas Hicks, Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, spoke with USNI about the second annual SECNAV Innovation Awards, including the program's goals and success rewarding innovative thinkers and encouraging innovation at all levels and in all communities of the Department of the Navy.


We're excited to announce the launch of our November Strategy & Innovation newsletter! Explore fresh news from around the Fleet and Force, and learn what our team has been working on to fuel the culture of innovation within the DON.
In this issue, Mr. Thomas Hicks, Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Management), provides context for innovation as a leadership focus during preparations for a new administration; we welcome the FY17 SECNAV Innovation Advisors; provide details on the 2016 SECNAV Innovation Awards (nomination deadline 31 December 2016); and much more.


Many organizations in both the private and public sector are evaluating the roles and responsibilities needed to tackle the growing challenges of digital asset management in an ever-evolving information ecosystem.
Dan Green and LtCol Rush Filson, FY17 SECNAV Innovation Advisors, examine the potential for a DON Chief Data Officer and provide a roadmap for their research and collaboration with leading members of industry, academia, and the public sector.


The Department of the Navy (DON) is one of the most talented and resourceful expeditionary forces in the world and Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, would like to recognize the ingenuity Sailors, Marines and DON civilians showcase every day.
"I want the entire workforce, from the most senior admirals, generals and civilian executives to recruits and officer candidates, to look for ways to improve their organizations and accomplish their missions," said Mabus. "Also, continue to push to develop capabilities and concepts that make us more agile and resilient regardless of challenges on our horizon."


In today's budget constrained environment, it is all the more vital for the Department of the Navy to maximize its most valuable asset--its people.
Chief Zita Ethier's innovation, the Enhancement for Drill Management (EDM) Tool, has proved invaluable to Navy Reservists balancing the demands of their military and civilian lives. The EDM Tool provides increased flexibility, worldwide access, timely electronic status, and automated capabilities that have effectively eliminated the days of "one weekend a month" for today's Navy Reservists.


Dragons are real and they're giving commanders a decisive edge in the battlespace. Meet the Distributed Real-time Autonomously Guided Operations eNgine (DRAGON). In this article by SECNAV Innovation Advisor LCDR Rollie Wicks, learn how DRAGON's ability to analyze and share billions of records in less than a second will significantly affect future naval operations -- all while using a computer the size of a credit card.

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