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CHIPS Articles: Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook
By Sharon Anderson - July-September 2012
I am particularly excited about this issue because the theme and content captures several critcal efforts of the Department of the Navy's focus right now: achieving operational effectiveness and efficiencies through business IT reform and improving financial processes and renewable energy technologies.

Top leadership, including: Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy and Deputy Chief Management Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Navy Eric Fanning; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller Charles E. Cook III; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy Thomas W. Hicks are the business warriors offering their unique perspectives in each of their areas of responsibility in meeting the department's objectives in these three strategic imperatives.

Mr. Hicks also talks about the Navy's Great Green Fleet.The Navy is currently testing the operational effectiveness of alternative fuels with its Green Fleet carrier strike group using 50/50 blends for two days of the Rim of the Pacific exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

In May, the CHIPS staff partnered with one of CHIPS' sponsors, the Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) team at the DON IT East Coast Conference held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Did you know that the DoD ESI offers hardware, training and much more than just software at better than GSA pricing? Use of Department of the Navy Enterprise Licensing Agreements (ELAs) by all DON organizations and programs is now mandatory to achieve maximum cost savings. For more information, go to

DON Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen held a town hall at the DON IT Conference to discuss the department's blueprint for business IT transformation. You will want to read his strategy in the "Department of the Navy Business IT Transformation" article in this issue.

Contributing to the discussion is the Naval Enterprise Networks program office with an article about the acquisition strategy for the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) which will replace the Navy Marine Corps Intranet in April 2014. Also weighing in is the Sea Warrior program office responsible for a complex portfolio of IT systems to recruit, train, pay, promote, move, retire and support Navy personnel and deliver Distance Support to the fleet. Both program offices are part of the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) which develops, acquires and deploys enterprise-wide IT systems for the warfighter and business enterprise.

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Sharon Anderson

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 7, 2012) A wave strikes the side of the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) as it conducts a replenishment at sea with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
The DON's ESI software product manager Suzi Ellison and DoD ESI cochair and director of enterprise commercial IT strategy in the office of the DON CIO Floyd Groce answer questions about enterprise licensing at their presentation at the DON IT Conference. The DoD ESI has a robust resource library and training available at to assist buyers in saving time and money on their purchases.
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