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Spotlights on Innovation

October 2017


Department of the Navy (DON) readiness is dependent upon the ability to garner and retain talent. Having a tool which codifies future hiring needs allows civilian managers to engage succession planning, forecast attrition, determine hard-to-fill vacancies and integrate end-to-end processing times in order to assure the right talent, in the right place at the right time.

The deadline to submit nominations for the DON Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) Excellence Awards has been extended to Nov. 27, 2017. The awards recognize the superior efforts of IM/IT projects, teams, and individuals in helping to transform DON information technology.

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Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) successfully completed testing their Nomad flight vehicle off of USS Coronado (LCS 4​) in August. This test demonstrated the Nomad’s upgraded launch and control capabilities as well as a new recovery capability by launching multiple vehicles in quick succession, conducting formation flying operations, and recovering all vehicles sequentially onboard the USS Coronado.


The Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental, better known as DIUx, is pushing forward new technology that will give the Marine Corps added capability, said a serv​ice official Oct. 25. The unit — which is the brainchild of former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter — is meant to cut through the Pentagon's bureaucratic red tape and make it easier for firms in Silicon Valley and other tech hubs to do business with the Defense Department. Officials hope the outfit will speed the acquisition of cutting-edge warfighting tools.

A group of tech industry heavyweights believes the Pentagon needs to protect tech experts and innovators from the department’s traditional up-or-out career path if the department has any hope of keeping up with a wave of new technologies. The Defense Innovation Board, or DIB, a group empowered to report directly to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on the best way to grow America’s military technological edge, believes the traditional system simply is no longer viable for meeting technological needs.


The Centralized Operational Manpower Personnel Analytics Structured Switchboard (COMPASS) is an interactive, web-based dashboard developed by BUPERS-3 to house and organize Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) analysis and metrics that support the Chief of Naval Personnel's priorities for manning the fleet, delivering Sailor 2025, and transforming business processes.


The commander of N​aval Air Systems Command called for a new model-based systems engineering environment that would usher aircraft and weapon development through a paperless process of generating specifications, digital drawings, and testing the design in a virtual environment. Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags told a group of government and industry engineers on Tuesday at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Systems Engineering Conference that operators want three things when a new product is delivered, and NAVAIR has proven itself good at only one of them.


Dr. Ben Migliori, an interdisciplinary physicist/neuroscientist at the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) I/O Data and Cognitive Sciences Branch, was one of 12 featured speakers selected from San Diego at large during the eighth annual TEDxSanDiego conference, held Oct. 14 at Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. The theme of the event was “Created Future(s)” which highlighted the power of the individual to actively create their future as well as the power that exists when people collectively seek to engage in activities that shape humanity.


PROJECT GRIFFIN began when a couple of officers in USS ROSS (DDG 71) were playing around with a commercial procured toy drone onboard while at sea during a patrol. Almost immediately, they noticed unintended benefits by introducing new methods and ideas to solve gaps in maintenance inspections, training scenarios, safety of equipment and Sailors, public affairs initiatives, and to provide a limited organic air asset. ROSS' commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) drone has been nicknamed "GRIFFIN ONE."

The Tactical Cyber Innovation Toolkit is an effective cyber engineering toolkit applied in a secure centralized research and development environment to evaluate, incorporate, and sustain the functionality, security, and interoperability of tactical systems while providing unique, instrumental, gear sets to a professional realm in which quality cyber innovation technologies are produced, tested, maintained, and implemented for various customers throughout the Department of Defense.


The Small Arms System Controller (SASCON) will consist of a newly developed Slew-to-Cue Interface Pack (SCIP) that will take tracking data from a CCFLIR EO and accurately slew the MK49 GWS to simulate acquiring contact on an incoming aerial threat. This will be followed by a kinetic kill capability by firing live rounds.


A team of two officers and one civilian at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) created a secure electronic database for storing and tracking credentialing documents required to support biannual privileging cycles for over 1,400 active Licensed Independent Providers (LIP) at NMCSD and all branch clinics.

Direct passive detection of small UAS signatures to provide cueing for interrogation sensors. Low-resolution detection capability for simultaneous wide-area coverage and medium range passive detection. Low-false alarm rate platform detection I classification. Capability to simultaneously detect multiple dispersed targets.


Detection of group 1 & 2 Unmanned Air Systems, and ground targets through radar, identification/autonomous tracking of targets using a EO/IR camera and defeat (electronic attack) of UAS and Unmanned Ground Vehicles using a directional RF inhibitor. Self-contained, modular system with an integrated command and control interface.


Leverage NSWC Crane experience in integration of Electro-Optic/Infrared (EO/IR) sensors with control station, display, director, and both kinetic and non-kinetic kill methods against Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). Utilize Navy owned EBRISS software, as used in Ground-Based Operational Surveillance System, and Shipboard Situational Awareness, to provide an integrated counter UAS capability. System will provide 360 degrees situational awareness, with both kinetic (ROSAM weapon) and non-kinetic (Drone Defeater RF jammer) options to enhance the force protection posture of shore facilities, aid intrusion detection, detect, track and defeat hostile UAS activity.


The MPDC is an enhanced Information System which boasts a significantly smaller footprint than the standard PED systems currently employed by the DoD. This system offers the warfighter a man portable, deployable solution, in a space saving design, with the ruggedness needed on today's battlefield, capable of supporting a wide portfolio of intelligence software applications, in support of various intelligence arenas (i.e. GEOINT, COMINT, and SIGINT).


When the Aircraft Carrier Tactical Support Center (CV-TSC) combat system was fielded in Aircraft C​arrier (CVN) - Tactical Operations Centers (CVN-TOC​) across the fle​et, the system represented a significant advancement in multi-warfare area sensor data collection and fusion. Despite this advancement, this new capability was fielded without a standardized approach toward collective Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operational system utilization.

Integrate existing commercial ultra-low C-SWAP electronically scanning radar technology with existing air C2 correlation solutions to allow for the detection and tracking of Group I UAS platforms. The Echodyne MESA active metamaterial array is scalable allowing for modularity in the implementation of an array, this allows for multiple integration platforms to be leveraged to create a sensor network capable of detecting Group 1 UAS platforms and providing situational awareness to the critical points of the kill-chain.


Leverage existing prototype solutions, prototype developments, and prototype concepts to integrate advanced power and energy solutions into the systems of other event collaborators.


High performance Solid State Hydrogen Fuel Cell on demand, which enables a NATO type I drone a minimum of 6 hours of flight when loaded with multiple sensors. In a minimum drone configuration, flight times can be up to 10 hours. The light weight and solid state enhance the usability and safety of this fuel cell over the majority that is currently on the market.


NSWC Crane developed a Technology Demonstrator for a High-Speed Side-by-Side (SxS) All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) with a reduced noise signature to enable our warfighters to regain their tactical advantage by developing an electric-drive high-speed SxS ATV utilizing an open systems architecture approach.


This issue of the Strategy and Innovation Newsletter highlights the FY18 Secretary of the Navy's Naval Innovation Advisory Council as well as spotlights many innovative projects from warfare communities across the Fleet and the Force.

GPS-based location awareness has been crucial to modern naval operations. However, GPS spoofing, where the false signal is broadcasted with the intent to mislead the victim receiver, has posed significant threats to GPS signal integrity. The GPS spoofing detection system compares the local GPS-independent inertial-based velocity measurements with the velocity calculated from the received GPS signal to detect if the GPS signal is spoofed. It provides more efficient detection than the existing ones, which are attack specific, or peer-assistance dependent, or computationally infeasible, or become inefficient quickly due to the rapid error accumulation in the local GPS-independent sensor measurements.


A Real-time Quad-band GPS jammer detector based on a COTS software defined radio as a prior step to direction finding and neutralization of the GPS jammer threat and for Battle Damage Assessment after neutralization of one or more jammers. After calibration in a jammer-free environment the system begins active monitoring in four GPS bands. The GPS jammer detector was developed during Project Phantom Boxcar on Cyber/EW at NSWC Crane during 2016.


In support to the PdM Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), NSWC Crane is tasked to integrate Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) equipment onto the MRZR-D4 in response to the MARCENT UUNS, JUONS, and to inform future planning and development. The USMC mission is to detect, identify, and defeat UAS threats.


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