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CHIPS Articles: Modernizing DON Information Infrastructure and Military Education

Modernizing DON Information Infrastructure and Military Education
By Sharon Anderson - April-June 2019

In this issue we take a look at the Department of the Navy plans to overhaul its education strategy and institutions ensuring a competitive warfighting advantage in the decades ahead.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer intends to unify all the department’s educational institutions into an accredited "Naval University System," beginning with a Naval Community College to enhance pathways to higher education for enlisted Sailors. In this bold move, everything — not just operational training for navigation and tactics – but the United States Naval Academy, the Naval War College, Marine Corps University, Naval Postgraduate School, the curricula of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps and Service Officer Candidates Schools, and all flag and general officer education will be at the core of the Naval University System.

One of the goals of these sweeping changes is to ensure that officers and enlisted alike understand and can leverage emerging and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning; quantum computing; cyberspace; hypersonic weapons; directed energy; additive manufacturing; robotics and automation, and more.

On another note, please join your colleagues in Norfolk, Virginia, for the DON IT Conference, East Coast 2019, June 3-5, 2019 at the Hilton Norfolk The Main. Registration is open for local attendees, although TDY registration has closed. Please see here for local registration and to download the conference schedule.

The office of DON Chief Information Officer has planned a robust line-up of learning sessions including a much in demand track about mandatory migration to the Risk Management Framework by Navy and Marine Corps experts, and a series of DON IT technology briefings by program managers from the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) that includes topics, such as Modern Service Delivery, iNavy and a Navy Enterprise Commercial Cloud Blanket Purchase Agreement Workshop, among others.

Other highlights include a OPNAV Cybersecurity Plans and Policy Update and DON's Business Operations Plan and the Business Operations Management Council briefing.

Attendees can also earn continuing education units by CEU-granting organizations for attending conference sessions. For example, 150 CEUs were available for sessions hosted at the DON IT Conference, West Coast 2019 in San Diego. The total number of CEU certificates distributed to attendees was an impressive 1,550.

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Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson is the CHIPS senior editor. She can be reached at .

Read SECNAV's memorandum here and the E4S study report here.

Education for Seapower report cover. The DON released the study Feb. 12, along with the Secretary of the Navy’s action memorandum providing the way forward for the new education initiatives for the department. The study was a clean-sheet review of naval learning and focused on flagship institutions like the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and Naval and Marine War Colleges, along with a fresh look at the relationships with civilian academic institutions and corporate learning structures. The study team developed a series of observations and recommendations for continuous learning throughout the naval services. CHIPS borrowed design elements from the E4S Study for the April-June 2019 cover reflecting the edition’s focus on education and new technologies.
U.S. Navy illustration of the new Naval University System (NUS). Graphic by Nate Quinn, All Hands Magazine
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