In this issue, we explore a few of the applications of knowledge management in the Department of the Navy. The articles came from the knowledge management community of practice, a hard-charging group of KM leaders from across the department.
The idea for the focus on knowledge management came from the KM session at the West Coast DON Information Management/Information Technology Conference held in February. From the strike group to Multi-National Force - Iraq, a diverse group of KM champions explained how the application of KM principles is improving the speed of decision making and having a direct impact on warfighter effectiveness.
Citing the high operations tempo, the many demands on the department's budget and the need to collaborate jointly, and with coalition and nongovernmental agencies, their compelling argument to further the implementation of KM across the department was so convincing that I asked them to write.
As retired Navy Cmdr. Nancy Jenkins, knowledge management officer for Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, said, "Knowledge management is not new. The only thing that has changed is the impetus to do it better."
In August, the CHIPS staff attended the Army's LandWarNet Conference and had the opportunity to talk with Army leadership, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson and Maj. Gen. Susan Lawrence, about technology improvements on tap for battlefront Soldiers. Look for their interviews in this issue.
The CHIPS staff had the pleasure of attending the NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation change of command ceremony Sept. 9, where French Air Force Gen. Stéphane Abrial took over command from U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis. The occasion was significant because it marked the first time in NATO's 60-year history that a non-U.S. officer was permanently assigned as one of NATO's two Supreme Allied Commanders. U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis serves as Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Gen. Mattis will continue to serve as commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command. Look for an article about the event on the CHIPS Web site.
Sept. 17, at a breakfast hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. John Harvey, led the audience in a thoughtful discussion about the challenges facing the Navy today. Highlights of the admiral's remarks appear in this issue.
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