The theme for the July-September edition is focused on the CNO's Future Navy vision as reflected in this edition’s cover image.
In addition to increasing the number of ships in the fleet, the Navy must also incorporate new technologies and new operational concepts, Adm. John Richardson wrote.
The international security environment changes rapidly and has become more complex and challenging, CNO underscored. “To remain competitive, we must start today and we must improve faster,” he wrote.
To fast-track the CNO’s vision, department policymakers; research scientists and engineers; service members; and civilian personnel are innovating technologies, policy and operational concepts. Ongoing efforts include pioneering new designs for ships, aircraft, unmanned vehicles, radars and weapons, as well as use of additive manufacturing — and unleashing the power of data analytics — to name just a few.
In concert with new technologies and operational concepts, CNO aims to increase the lethality and productivity of Sailors. To this end, the Navy eliminated seven shipboard collateral duties in NAVADMIN 168/17, released July 11, and tasked a working group to further review all collateral duties for the potential to be eliminated or consolidated.
This effort is part of a larger goal to remove unnecessary burdens and distractions from Sailors to allow them to focus on core warfighting and to better allow leadership to evaluate Sailors on performance in their primary duties, according to a Navy.mil article. This and other recent manpower changes are also intended to increase job satisfaction and retention rates in key billets.
On the civilian side, the CNO’s office released The Navy Civilian Workforce Framework and One Navy Team Guidance in October 2016. The civilian framework is the first step toward identifying what Navy can do to strengthen the civilian workforce, and by extension the Navy Team as a whole, according to the CNO’s office.
CNO wrote, "Generating success as a team means going beyond merely understanding the unique perspectives of different people and cultures — understanding is too passive. Achieving top performance is enhanced when leaders tap into the energy and capability of an actively inclusive team."
Navy and Marine Corps commands are working feverishly to achieve objectives set by CNO and the Commandant to enable a more lethal and innovative force.
To find out how you can help, visit:
DON Innovation on https://www.facebook.com/NavalInnovation or https://twitter.com/NavalInnovation, or visit the DON Innovation website at http://www.secnav.navy.mil/innovation/Pages/Home.aspx. Email DON Innovation: DON_Innovation@navy.mil
Marine Corps Innovation Challenge – http://www.mcwl.marines.mil/Innovation/innovation.aspx. The Marine Corps announces specific challenges periodically. If you have an innovation idea for submission outside of the timeframe of the current innovation challenge, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defense Innovation Unit Experimental – http://www.diux.mil/.
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