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CHIPS Articles: Cybersecurity, Mobility Experts Join FY17 Naval Innovation Advisory Council

Cybersecurity, Mobility Experts Join FY17 Naval Innovation Advisory Council
By DON Innovation - February 9, 2017
The Office of Strategy and Innovation is pleased to welcome two recent additions to the FY17 Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC): Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan McCarter and Lt. Christopher Cromie. McCarter and Cromie round out a dynamic forum of five Sailors and two Marines engaged in advancing innovation opportunities within the Department of the Navy.

McCarter is a Cryptologic Warfare Officer, who has served in a variety of afloat and staff assignments including Carrier Strike Group Two, Amphibious Squadron Eight, and the Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) of USCYBERCOM. He most recently served as the Deputy Division Chief for Counterterrorism within the National Security Agency’s Tailored Access Operations Group.

In close coordination with experts at both MITRE and other private industry partners, and in the public sector, McCarter will work to bring cybersecurity best practices into the DON. He will also focus on establishing a roadmap for learning organizations so that innovation within the DON is focused, streamlined, and leverages the latest research regarding organizational change.

Cromie is a Supply Corps Officer who recently completed a department head tour onboard forward-deployed USS Stethem (DDG 63) in Yokosuka, Japan. Previous assignments include USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, and Aviation Support Detachment in Norfolk, Virginia.

Working with experts at MITRE and within the DON, Lt. Cromie will conduct research on improving mobility for the Navy and Marine Corps. The project will survey and capitalize on existing industry trends and tailor new technologies to enhance mobile capabilities for the DON. Cromie will also examine agile policy development, analyzing how the application of agile concepts and theories may accelerate the policy development process, with open policy making, leaders can solicit input from end-users who are affected by policy made at high levels in the military and best meet the needs of the warfighter.

Stay tuned for project updates!

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