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Spotlights on Innovation

December 2017


Walking the show floor of the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran saw a lot of fast-developing technology that impressed him. He didn’t see the one thing he wants, even though it’s a technology that first appeared in 1974, “where you walk into a room and you were in a virtual environment and you could do almost anything,” Moran said Wednesday during a panel discussion at the conference, known by the acronym I/ITSEC. Never mind that this virtual room made its debut on “Star Trek: The Animated Series.” “I want a holodeck,” Moran said, referring to the room where Star Trek characters are able to interact with virtual, holographic environments, people and objects. “And we’re kind of getting there. You put on some [virtual reality] goggles downstairs [on the show floor], I tried on a few of those, and since I was here a couple years ago, it is fascinating how quickly that is becoming a reality. “Now, if we could just get rid of the goggles and just have a room.”

Developing better regional threat expertise will help Naval Intelligence refocus on its core mission and most indispensable service—delivering a deep understanding of the adversary. This will require more than lip service or adding a few blocks of training curriculum, however. It demands freeing its personnel from an endless sideshow of distractions and instituting more disciplined career paths. External demands notwithstanding, the problem Naval Intelligence finds itself in today is largely one of its own making.


Often times Marines are told to think outside the box, and for Capt. Christopher R. Preusser, the Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 11 aviation safety officer, that old adage came naturally. "I don't recall exactly how I came across 3D printing, but when I did, it sparked an immediate interest and blossomed from there," said Preusser, who built a quick-charge docking station (QCDS) using a 3D printer, plastic and wiring. "So when the program gained attention, I had already been experimenting with 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, at my house and built my own 3D printer."

Naval Education and Training Command's (NETC) information technology (IT) (N6) staff provided updates for ongoing IT program initiatives to Frank DiGiovanni, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education), and members of the Chief of Naval Personnel's Enterprise Support Team during a visit to NETC Dec. 15. With the Navy transforming the way it attracts, trains and retains top talent, Sailors require the most advanced technical training at their fingertips to maintain operational superiority. NETC has analyzed various processes and initiatives that have developed over the years and is making changes to move beyond the current model of enrolling and taking instructor-led training.


In September, Marine Corps Systems Command completed fielding a new biometrics system to help deployed Marines identify and track the movement of individuals encountered on the battlefield, conduct entry control point operations, and determine who is a friend or foe. Identity Dominance System-Marine Corps, or IDS-MC, is a simple and effective biometric data collection, matching, and transaction management system that is composed of a handheld device, known as the Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, and a laptop computer with specialized biometric collection sensors and a badge printer.

U.S. military researchers are launching a $37 million two-year program involving several different contractors to develop persistent, wide-area sensor surveillance across large ocean areas using large numbers of intelligent floats or buoys. Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., issued a broad agency announcement Tuesday (HR0011-18-S-0013) ​for the Ocean of Things program to develop environmental sensing and surveillance capabilities with a distribution of heterogeneous floats.


Fighting wars may soon change forever. On Tuesday, the military showed off a helicopter that doesn't need a pilot in the cockpit -- or on the ground. The Huey helicopter has been around since the Vietnam War, but this one could start a revolution. It can fly itself, so the pilot in the cockpit is just a safety observer, keeping his hands close to but not on the controls.


A group of students from the robotics teams at Slater Junior High School and Shea High School from Pawtucket, Rhode Island visited U.S. Naval War C​ollege (NWC) on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The students brought two robots which they designed and built to NWC to demonstrate to the NWC students, staff and faculty how they operate and what tasks each robot could complete.

Engineers from the Advanced Data, Prototyping Technologies, and Virtual Environments (ADAPT.VE) Lab at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) recently completed a project creating 3-Dimensional (3D) point cloud representations of Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY). Norfolk's Dry Dock 8 was selected for the project as it was identified as one of a limited number of shipyard facilities with the capacity sufficient for supporting the new USS Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers. The 3D computer model will allow the Navy to manipulate data using existing computer-aided design (CAD) tools to increase shipyard productivity.


Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command's Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well und​erway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. "The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries among service members," said Capt. Dave Padula, PMA-202 program manager.

The Marine Corps on Wednesday hosted the final demonstration of a new type of autonomous aircraft technology that could radically transform how the U.S. military resupplies combat units.

A team of officials from Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of Boeing Co., demonstrated the company's Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System, or AACUS -- a special package of hardware and software combined into an autonomous kit capable of being mounted on multiple airframes.


Commander U. S. THIRD Fleet will be executing the first Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Innovation Fair on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii during the ex​ecution of the RIMPAC 2018 exercise. The four day event will begin on Thursday, 28 June and run through Sunday, 1 July 2018. The fair will consist of exhibitions, displays, innovation opportunities, contests and special events.


Advances in materials research traditionally relied heavily on the use of novel materials or novel composite ratios to customize material interaction with electromagnetic waves. In the past 20-30 years there has been increasing emphasis on theoretical and experimental investigations of subwavelength scale structuri​ng of existing materials in pursuit of engineering material properties. Advances in computational power and lithography accuracy/scale have allowed for the rapid expansion of a class of materials called metamaterials which capitalize on structuring within the material to produce novel properties.


All aspects of conflict — including networks, communications, logistics — will be contested in the future, military leaders commonly say.
But from a networking perspective, many of industry’s solutions in the software-defined networking space are not ready for war.


Attention West Coast Innovators: The MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator and the Hacking for Defense (H4D) teams invite Government and Corporate problem solvers to join a Sponsors Course on January 9th in San Diego. H4D provides students with the opportunity to learn how to work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) to better address the nation’s emerging threats and security challenges.


Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPF) Operation​s Research Cell conducted a review of more than 25 potential operational scenarios over the past 5 years in support of the Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift, in his theater joint force maritime component commander role in developing supporting plans to combatant commanders.


Congratulations to the individuals and t​eams from the Department of the Navy who were honored by DoD CIO for IT and cyber excellence at a November 30 ceremony at the Pentagon.


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