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CHIPS Articles: Salute to DON Innovators

Salute to DON Innovators
Across the department and in the fleet innovators work to maintain the DON's warfighting edge
By Sharon Anderson - January-March 2015
Our focus for this edition is Department of the Navy innovation. Throughout history, Sailors and Marines have been renowned for their innovation, especially in the heat of battle, for example, John Paul Jones and his crew’s heroic adventures on the Bonhomme Richard, and much later with the Sailors who participated in the Pacific campaign during World War II who are credited with helping turn the tide of the war, and most recently, in Operations Enduring Freedom, Freedom's Sentinel and Inherent Resolve.

In this issue, we explore DON innovation, from the momentous sailing of the Great White Fleet to the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), to cybersecurity and the Joint Information Environment, to the CNO’s Rapid Innovation Cell, the Athena Project, Brightwork, and the DON’s efforts to garner the benefits of the federal government’s open data initiative.

I wish to thank, especially, the naval officers who took the time to write: Captains Danelle Barrett, James H. Mills, Ramberto "Rambo" Torruella and Reserve Capt. Joyce Richardson; Cmdr. Pablo C. Breuer; Lt. Cmdr. Ben "Prof" Kohlmann; Chris Landis; the U.S. Naval Observatory; OPNAV N2/N6; NAVIDFOR; SPAWAR HQ and SPAWAR Systems Centers Atlantic and Pacific; and the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Management)’s U.S. Marine Corps Maj. A.J. Martinez and Robert P. Kozloski, they all brought invaluable insight into their particular topics.

CHIPS salutes these incisive thinkers and doers and those in the fleet and across the department for their unceasing efforts to ensure the DON maintains its warfighting razor-sharp edge.

In November, CHIPS staff attended the NDIA-sponsored Naval Expeditionary Warfare Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. We have included a few highlights from the conference speakers in this issue.

In December, CHIPS staff had the pleasure of participating in NATO’s Chiefs of Transformation Conference sponsored by Allied Commander Transformation and interviewing Supreme Allied Commander Transformation French Air Force Gen. Jean-Paul Paloméros, who explained the alliance’s ongoing modernization efforts.

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Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson is the CHIPS senior editor. She can be reached at

USS John Paul Jones (DD-932) —"Give Me a Fast Ship for I Intend To Go In Harm’s Way." Naval History and Heritage Command collection.
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by Robert Benny; 1943; Framed Dimensions 37H X 45W Accession #: 88-159-AL A month after striking in the Coral Sea, the Japanese launched an all-out assault against Midway Island in what was obviously intended as the first step of a grand attack upon Hawaii and continental United States. The Navy was ready, and the heroic pilots from naval aircraft carriers inflicted a major sea defeat upon two great converging forces northwest of Midway. The enemy lost four aircraft carriers, at least two heavy cruisers, and a number of light cruisers, destroyers and transport - all by aerial attack. The artist here depicts a withering attack upon a Japanese cruiser by Navy dive-bombers with a fighter escort. Naval History and Heritage Command collection.
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 14, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros answers questions from a reporter during an interview at the 2014 Chiefs of Transformation Conference. Photo by ACT PAO.
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