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Spotlights on Innovation

June 2017


In this issue, we focus on the 2016 SECNAV Innovation Awards and the achievements of the winners. The awards program recognizes top DON individuals or teams making significant problem solving contributions. The caliber and quantity of entries is a testament to the talents of our Sailors, Marines, and Civilians.

With 30+ years of experience, NSWC Indian Head Joint Service EOD Unmanned Systems Technology Division is a leader in providing unmanned system technology to the EOD warfighter. Direct EOD operator interaction and new programs base on open architecture will allow rapid deployment of new capabilities to the warfighter.


NAVAIR issued a challenge to develop a visualization tool and algorithms to determine aircraft parts needing immediate attention, and which should be should be added to a watch list. Response to the challenge was expected to yield four to six teams and around 50 participants. Instead, 178 participants across nine functional areas, representing all NAVAIR sites, voluntarily formed 33 teams to tackle the Data Challenge. All aspects of the challenge had to pivot to support the overwhelming response.

NSWC Corona Cyber-Readiness Analytics Capability Provides the ability for the warfighter to make decisions based on the readiness state of their cyber systems. This capability quantifies the availability and reliability of cyber systems.


Congratulations to the awardees of the Assistant Secretary of Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award. The Office of Strategy and Innovation would like to extend additional congratulations to Naval Innovation Advisory Council Alumnus LCDR Rollie Wicks for his great work, which resulted in his selection as an awardee in the Individual Engineers category.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona developed Proof-Of-Concept beta screening tool to algorithmically search for potential redundant tracks in post analysis.


Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) Sailors were recognized by the Secretary of the Navy for their vital role in a process improvement program. Their collective efforts conserved over 7,300 man-hours a year, reduced the Patient Administration Medical Records Division workload by nearly 40 percent, and saved approximately $156,400 a year. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kyle Church, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class James Cooper and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Seth Edwards worked together to create the Medical Records Data Automation Program (MRDAP), which automates and streamlines the day-to-day operations of the Medical Records Department.

NSWC Crane 3-D printed Quadcopter offers a versatile platform to carry a variety of payloads to assist the warfighter. The Quadcopter and payloads use low-cost Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components and can be quickly assembled or repaired anywhere.


The United States of America is challenged with defending against advanced malicious threats in cyberspace. Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs) operating under United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) have been tasked with defending the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN). The rapid growth of CPTs within the DODIN helped to identify fundamental challenges for conducting Defensive Cyberspace Operations. Early in their implementation, CPTs lacked standardized operational equipment to accomplish mission essential tasks. Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network analysis systems proved inadequate for scaling to the DODIN and for identifying advanced, nation-state threats. The development of the Cyber Tactical Assessment Kit (C-TAK), a custom network sensor, enabled CPTs to conduct advanced, comprehensive data analysis for cyber threat identification and mitigation.

NSWC Crane Electro Optic Technology Division improves warfighter combat effectiveness with Wide Field of View(WFOV) night vision goggles (NVG). WFOV NVG is a retrofit using existing equipment for an $8M cost savings and a $39M cost avoidance.


The Next Generation Logistics (NexLog) initiative has accelerated the Marine Corps’ adoption of emerging technologies into logistics capabilities. Seeking ways to provide dynamic combat service support to the Marine Corps of the future, NexLog has been diligently working to address the growing gaps with innovative capabilities through three thrust areas: Additive Manufacturing (AM), Unmanned Logistics Systems (ULS), and Smart Logistics.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division created a secure cyber test and evaluation platform, U.S.S. Secure. U.S.S. Secure is a cross Navy community of interest enterprise proving a cyber test bed system of systems. U.S.S. Secure includes Navy authorizing official approval to use federated red teams and trains the cyber mission force.


Blockchain is a “distributed database” shared through peer to peer connections in such a way that each block is a unique record that gets added to the end of the “chain.” The records are permanent and are unable to be modified. This bond creates trust between all the members of the chain and removes the need for third party mediators to handle transactions, or any other transfer of information. This “immutable trust” allows for the removal of members not providing value (formerly used as middle-men or brokers) and allows two or more parties to conduct transactions with complete trust.

The Bridge at U.S. Pacific Fleet is sponsoring two major events this summer. The Bridge is COMPACFLT's initiative that amplifies an organic Navy network to enable collaboration and idea generation by advancing education, enabling empowerment, stimulating connections, and spurring transition. Success of The Bridge does not hinge on a series of successful ideas, but the ability to create and sustain a culture of change, inspiration, and creativity. In its simplest form, The Bridge is a belief and a commitment; the belief that the best idea can come from anywhere, and a commitment that no Sailor is ever alone in pursuing a solution.
Innovation Boot Camp
July 31 - August 4, 2017
San Diego, California
Application deadline: June 30, 2017
PACFLT Industry Innovation Fellowship (PI2F)
July 24 - September 1, 2017
Various locations
Application deadline: July 9, 2017
Qualified Sailors and Navy civilians are encouraged to apply. Applicants must complete an online application and submit an essay on why they should be chosen. They must also have command endorsement and authorization.
For more information and to apply, click here.

NSWC Dahlgren Division Directed Energy & Pulsed Power Division systems have been employed in an operational environment and provide for speed of light and precision engagement.


Lt. Andrea Logan, Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington, was named a Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Innovation Award winner in the Innovation Scholar (PME) Category during a ceremony at the Pentagon on June 5. Innovation Scholar (PME) recognizes top academic achievements by naval officers and enlisted personnel in professional military education (PME) programs. Logan wrote her thesis, titled, “Human-Machine Teaming at Sea: A Model for Unmanned Maritime Systems and the Use of Force,” while getting her LLM at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS). Her article creates a model for Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) and the use of force that applies legal principles to U. S. Navy (USN) doctrine in the area of Human-Machine Teaming. It provides a legal outline for the use of force to help naval operators manage encounters between manned and unmanned systems employed by state navies.

Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) Cyber Resilient Systems uses a commercial off-the-shelf operating system and infrastructure while adding secure computing hardware to introduce a more cyber resilient architecture. Additionally, SLBM provides mitigation after a cyber-event has occurred to restore systems to a known state in time to meet mission needs.


Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division RTSO provides real-time spectrum awareness and emissions control (EMCON) validation to support Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) and cyber concerns. RTSO also maximizes compatibility and ensures compliance with Treaties and Directives on spectrum allocations.


The Autonomous Mobile On-Orbit Diagnostic System (AMODS) is a research project developed by a team of Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy which has the potential to instigate a paradigm shift in respect of how the DoD and the space industry as a whole develops and operates space assets. The goal of AMODS is to employ a small satellite platform to provide both new and legacy spacecraft with cost effective on-orbit assessment and repair services.

BMS is a government-owned, "open architecture", platform agnostic weapon system that employs Standoff Precision Guided Munitions from air and surface platforms, as well as side firing guns from aircraft gunships.


The Office of Naval Research (ONR) initiated a program to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel concept for interdicting small boats that represent asymmetric threats to Navy surface combatants. Engagement with these systems offers numerous advantages to the fleet, including non-kinetic, non-lethal solutions that enable layered defense and improved escalation-of-force options when rules of engagement are restrictive. ONR staff formed a team from across the Naval Research Laboratory, Navy Warfare Centers, and Department of Defense agencies and brought together both the financial resources and the technical skillsets to further explore and validate the concept.

NAVSEA Carderock's Combatant Craft (CCD) Highlights current and future efforts for a range of purpose built and re-purposed manned and unmanned combatant craft contributing to our future warfighting needs for the Navy and Marine Corps. Provides opportunity for greater DoD community to see ongoing Carderock CCD efforts and illustrates areas for collaboration with DoD partners.


On 8 May 2017, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion successfully fired (100) rounds of mixed ammunition with the aid of a 3D printed idler sprocket wheel for the 25mm Bushmaster chain-drive ammunition loader. The weapon system contains three nylon polymer chain-drive sprockets that are critical repair parts for the Light Armored Vehicle, the combat essential platform that the Bushmaster is employed on. After operating for an extended period, the nylon sprockets have a tendency to fail causing the chain to bind deeming the entire weapon system inoperative or reducing its effectiveness below the minimum acceptable table level of efficiency.

Current solid rocket motor propellants are near theoretical maximum performance. Modern propellant packaging techniques enable small improvements in total impulse and range but fall short of the fleet need. SFRJ technology has the potential to meet the current fleet need by providing a 3x increase in range over a comparable size solid rocket motor.


Mr. Stephen O'Grady is a software engineer and the Director of Strategy and Technology for the Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat Systems Department at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport (Division Newport). He has dedicated his career to the Department of Defense (DoD) submarine combat system, science and technology, and acquisition communities through the application of sound engineering, creative thinking, and collaboration to solve system architecture, weapon control, and contact management design challenges. He is also Division Newport’s technical innovation champion where he leads an initiative to provide both a framework and system for promoting innovative thinking across the workforce.

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst-Division's ICETRAP system is a novel non-contact system that uses a two-stage process to compute initial conditions to enhance aircraft recovery operations. Warfighter benefits include direct rapid response to arrestment, increased situational awareness, and comprehensive data for in-service engineering.


Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Development proves that autonomy improves performance. Weapons movement and stowage is extremely labor intensive and man-intensive work that is complicated by tight spaces and clutter in dangerous environments. Autonomy can reduce the number of sailors subjected to dangerous environments and reduce labor intensity for the remaining personnel while increasing throughput and sortie rates. A single sailor could complete the tasks of multiple teams of sailors with proficiency and ease.


Recognizing the challenges Marines consistently face on liberty overseas and understanding the geopolitical implications of liberty incidents, MSgt Brantley E. Friend created, empowered, and led a Marine Air Control Group 18 development team that designed and built the "Operation Liberty" mobile application. This revolutionary application enabled both Marines and Commanders to be safer and more productive in their liberty while deployed to Okinawa and areas across the Pacific.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division has developed an Autonomous Mobile Buoy which was on display during the 2017 DOD Lab Day recently held at the Pentagon. The Autonomous and semi-autonomous off-board system is able to identify and locate objects such as containers on ocean floor, surface platforms within 10 miles, weather monitoring, and perform persistent ISR with stabilized camera with less risk to human life.


Last year, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) formed the three-dimensional (3-D) Ship Scanning Team to attack shipboard configuration management and to find new innovative techniques to further the SPAWAR mission of accelerating and streamlining delivery and installation of assets to the fleet and to reduce the cost of normal operations.

The SPAWAR ‘scanning team’ received the 2016 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Innovation Award in the category of Automated Process Development in a prestigious ceremony officiated by the Under SECNAV, the Honorable Thomas Dee, June 5.


During this year’s innovation symposium, Marines from across the force and supporting establishment explored Big “L” Learning (i.e., organizational-level transformation). Within that context, the focus was on how the Marine Corps combat development process can be improve. Senior leaders, subject matter experts of the combat development enterprise, advocates, proponents and members of the operating forces came together in Quantico on 31 May and 1 June 2017, where they learned cutting edge organizational concepts and proposed innovative solutions to enhance the Marine Corps’ combat development process and its ability to meet future warfighting challenges.


In response to multiple extended outages on a crucial circuit, U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Naples developed an alternate path to provision reliable message delivery. Mr. Derrick A. Thomas was the technician directly responsible for the solution. He was able to utilize existing installed capabilities to overcome limitations of a failing circuit, which was leased through three different telecommunications providers and employed antiquated Codex modems that were beyond end-of-life.


The Department of the Navy’s top innovators were recognized by Mr. Thomas P. Dee, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, on June 05 at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. Each winner received a unique SECNAV innovation trophy designed by Ms. Charrelle S. Johnson at Naval Air Systems Command, NAS Patuxent River, MD.

Join us saying BZ to these Department of the Navy innovators!


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