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Editor's Notebook
The Greatness of Change
By Sharon Anderson - April-June 2013
If nothing else, the events of the last several months taught us that change is a constant that we can count on in the departments of the Navy and Defense looking far ahead into the future. Adapting to change isn’t easy. It has been said that people and organizations when attempting change often fall short when they dream and set goals for themselves because they underestimate what they’re capable of. They’re afraid to think big; afraid of challenging themselves to greatness. Another problem with achieving real change is that people can view change as a loss because it is a disruption in beliefs they hold dear or an inconvenience to their long-held habits and behavior.

But change is inevitable and urgent, and across the DON and DoD, leaders are asking folks to step forward with ideas. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert is calling for junior leaders, officers and enlisted, to be disruptive thinkers.

DON CIO Terry Halvorsen continues to say the department is considering and adopting changes it might have thought to be too extreme at one time to achieve efficiencies and cost savings in the DON’s business IT processes. Everything associated with business IT spending and processes is on the table for analysis to further reduce the department’s IT bill, he said.

It takes courage and determination to change — and to achieve greatness — but luckily these are traits the DON has never been short of.

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NORFOLK (April 4, 2013) The amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD
24) is moored at Naval Station Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. As the third Navy vessel to bear the name, Arlington commemorates the lives lost and the heroism demonstrated in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Frank J.
Pikul.
NORFOLK (April 4, 2013) The amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) is moored at Naval Station Norfolk for its commissioning ceremony. As the third Navy vessel to bear the name, Arlington commemorates the lives lost and the heroism demonstrated in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Frank J. Pikul.
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