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CHIPS Articles: Rolling Wave: A High-Velocity Learning Product for CVN-Based ASW Exercise Planning

Rolling Wave: A High-Velocity Learning Product for CVN-Based ASW Exercise Planning
By DON Innovation - October 12, 2017
When the Aircraft Carrier Tactical Support Center (CV-TSC) combat system was fielded in Aircraft Carrier (CVN) - Tactical Operations Centers (CVN-TOC) across the fleet, the system represented a significant advancement in multi-warfare area sensor data collection and fusion. Despite this advancement, this new capability was fielded without a standardized approach toward collective Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operational system utilization.

During observation of CVN-TOC officer planning and execution of Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (CNAP) Basic Phase ASW training exercises, it was evident that this standardization gap existed. To fulfill these training requirements, there are currently two acceptable options: the Expendable Mobile ASW Training Target (EMATT) or the Coordinated ASW Exercise (CASEX). While both options are invaluable training methods, the CASEX represents the option with significant more integrated training value.

The CASEX is a complex, multi-player evolution that involves the coordinated operation and integration of naval assets and provides the best training value. On the other hand, the lack of a standardized planning process has resulted in extensive planning time, unnecessary re-work, high-variability in training requirement success, and ineffective training practices. Since the EMATT is easier to plan and execute in comparison to the CASEX, those CVN-TOC officers who plan during the EMATT exercises sacrifice much needed training experience and value. Given the growing ASW capabilities of adversaries, value added training is now more important than ever.

The Rolling Wave product provides the first, standardized high-velocity learning (HVL) approach to CVN Basic Phase ASW training exercises across the fleet. The product also standardizes and streamlines the EMATT and CASEX planning processes for CVN-TOC officers. The product has reduced process time and the complexities associated with CVN-TOC ASW exercise planning. It has also reduced unnecessary re-work, high-variability in training requirement success, ineffective training practices, poorly defined roles and responsibilities, and inadequate expectation management.

Since Rolling Wave is a first of its kind product used for standardized CVN-based ASW exercise planning, formal planning procedures are now being written based on its approach. Before the product’s introduction, the methodology used for planning was highly heuristic and experience based across the fleet yielding significant variability in planning time, exercise success, and training quality. Standardization did not exist.

Rolling Wave has now established a basis for ASW exercise planning and has provided the planner a set of guidelines in the form of standardized checklists and hyperlinked templates centrally located in an online database repository. These planners now have a baseline reference point to begin formal planning and pass down for subsequent exercise lessons learned, improvements and better product templates.

The product has undergone testing on three CVNs and demonstrated an approximate 30 percent reduction in CASEX planning (partial product) with a projected 40 percent reduction with full product implementation. While the product has yet to be tested during an EMATT planning evolution, subject matter experts project significant reductions in planning time with full product implementation.

Rolling Wave has been recognized as a first of its kind, CNAP Aircraft Carrier Training N7 sanctioned, ASW exercise planning product available for fleetwide dissemination and use. Training standards for CVN-based ASW exercise planning are now being developed with respect to Rolling Wave and associated standardized templates. Additionally, the project used to develop Rolling Wave has been validated as a Lean Six Sigma, CNAP AIRSpeed Black Belt level project. The product has been formally accepted as a method for vastly improving existing process efficiency and end-result exercise planning outcome effectiveness.

Rolling Wave has significantly reduced time in planning and process complexity for both CASEX and EMATT exercises. The planning time saved by CVN-TOC officers can now be reallocated to providing better quality ASW training, improving operator effectiveness, and combat readiness. Despite the difficulties of CASEX planning, the Rolling Wave product has provided an HVL product used to efficiently and effectively plan these previously over burdensome evolutions. The product also affords the same HVL benefits for EMATT planning and is projected to save significant time in preparing forward-deployed crews entering high-ASW threat Areas of Responsibility.

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(Oct. 6, 2017) Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt departed San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Perlman/Released
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