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CHIPS Articles: Meet the FY18 Secretary of the Navy’s Innovation Advisors

Meet the FY18 Secretary of the Navy’s Innovation Advisors
By DON Innovation - September 6, 2017
The FY18 class of Secretary of the Navy’s Innovation Advisors has been selected, and for this incoming class the Office of Strategy and Innovation has instituted a few changes.

The focus this year is on modernization and bringing proven business techniques and industry best practices into the DON in order to improve business processes, increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and better support the warfighter.

The FY18 Sailors and Marines reporting to the west coast will be detailed to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. This is an exciting opportunity for Sailors and Marines, enabling them to take advantage of the latest in academic and laboratory research at NPS, while connecting them to the cutting-edge capabilities coming out of nearby Silicon Valley. The east coast NIAC advisors will continue to partner with research carried out at MITRE headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

The NIAC members for FY18 are: Naval Postgraduate School and The MITRE Corporation and the following service members.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Noah Spataro, Specialty: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Previous Billet: UAS Capabilities Integration Officer at HQMC, Capabilities Development and Integration. Developed the necessary networks to deliver decisive quick wins in Small UAS, unmanned logistics systems and unmanned policy modifications.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Robert Hoffler, Specialty: Logistics

Previous Billet: Branch Head for Plans, Operations, and Exercises, Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) (G-4). Worked HQMC I&L to promote cutting-edge technologies and processes across the MARFORPAC. Selected for the CY17 DARPA Service Chiefs Fellowship Program.

U.S. Navy Lt. Arthur Griffin, Specialty: Civil Engineer Corps

Previous Billet: The N35A at Commander Task Force (CTF) 75 where he developed the Naval Expeditionary Force planning effort in Commander 7th Fleet’s Area of Operation for Phase 0 Operations, Theater Security Cooperation, and Major Combat Operations (MCO).

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Daniel Tadross, Specialty: Air Traffic Control

Previous Billet: Squadron Detachment Commander for Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron (MTACS)-18, Marine Air Command Group (MACG)-18, 1st Marine Air Wing (MAW). Oversaw the 1st MAW’s operational test and evaluation of the SHOUT nano tracking system which provides near real-time tracking data of aviation and ground units covering Okinawa and the Philippines.

U.S. Navy Lt. Austin Anderson, Specialty: Submarine Warfare

Previous Billet: Assistant Weapons Officer on the USS Springfield (SSN-761). Oversaw maintenance, operation, and training for ship’s tactical sensors and weapons systems. Helped stand up NYU’s research center focused on applying data analytic techniques for urban problems.

U.S. Navy AT1 Richard Walsh, Specialty: Aviation Electronics

Previous Billet: High Velocity Learning Advisor for Vice Adm. Breckenridge. Spearheaded content development for the illuminate Thinkshop. Certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt and named 2011 Naval Aviation Enterprise Innovator of the Year. Former member of the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Matthew Foglesong, Specialty: Reconnaissance

Previous Billet: Special Programs Manager/Science and Technology Advisor for the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion at I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF). Primary focus was the integration of manned/unmanned systems in amphibious reconnaissance operations.

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U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Noah Spataro
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Robert Hoffler
U.S. Navy Lt. Arthur Griffin
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Daniel Tadross
U.S. Navy Lt. Austin Anderson
U.S. Navy AT1 Richard Walsh
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Matthew Foglesong
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