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CHIPS Articles: Saving Money, Achieving Good Value

Saving Money, Achieving Good Value
By Sharon Anderson - October-December 2012
Belt-tightening is the order of the day — whether at home or at work — Americans are determined to save money on expenses large and small. But while we are shopping for the things we need, we do not want to scrimp on the quality of the things we buy — we want the same high quality and reliability for our purchases, and we are willing to reuse, repurpose, recycle and buy less to stay within our budgets.

The same objectives are driving policy decisions in the departments of Defense and Navy in meeting the needs of warfighters. The No. 1 priority is to ensure that warfighters have what they need to take to the fight. In this edition, DON and DoD leadership talk about policy decisions resulting in cost-savings, better IT investments and more efficient processes across the departments.

In July, I had the pleasure of interviewing an old friend, Rob Carey, DoD principal deputy chief information officer, about the DoD IT Modernization Strategy. Read about the DoD's security and cyber improvements to come on page 20.

In September, it was exciting to interview two warriors during their participation in the Combined Endeavor exercise, sponsored by U.S. European Command. U.S. Navy Cmdr. James B. "Jamie" Gateau and Canadian Army Lt. Col. TS McLean explained the value of CE, the world's largest C4 interoperability event with 41 participating NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. Read about CE and PfP on pages 32 and 55, respectively.

Personal readiness is also a concern in the Navy, and Lisa Sexauer, fitness program manager for Commander, Navy Installations Command, discusses the Navy's Fit for Life program which emphasizes fun via a comprehensive plan for good nutrition, sports and recreation, and social activities to help military members, family members and DoD civilians maintain a healthy lifestyle. See page 60 for information on this world-class program.

Finally, I’d like to welcome the new CHIPS assistant editor, Heather Rutherford, to the staff. Heather is an experienced technical writer and quality assurance professional with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. It is a pleasure to have her aboard.


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Sharon Anderson

Send all inquiries and questions to the editor: chips@navy.mil.

Grafenwoehr, Germany (Sept. 11, 2012) Flags sit in front of each country's representative during Combined Endeavor 2012 at U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command. CE is a multinational command, control, communications and computer systems exercise designed to build and enhance communications and network interoperability between 41 nations and international organizations. Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Araceli Alarcon.
Grafenwoehr, Germany (Sept. 11, 2012) Flags sit in front of each country's representative during Combined Endeavor 2012 at U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command. CE is a multinational command, control, communications and computer systems exercise
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