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CHIPS Articles: Sustaining a culture of innovation

Sustaining a culture of innovation
By Sharon Anderson - October-December 2015

Due to the innovation renaissance occurring in the departments of the Navy and Defense, CHIPS continues to spotlight transformative efforts across the departments.

The news is cheering! Just read a sampling of the recent headlines from
-- SECNAV Hosts Energy Innovation Roundtable
-- SECNAV Directs an Increase in Resources and Opportunities for Experimentation
-- Kearsarge gets Navy’s First Afloat Fab Lab
-- Navy Kicks Off New Tours with Industry Program

Keep the momentum going and contribute to DON Innovation efforts at or @DON_Innovation or visit the SECNAV/DON Innovation website at

Defense Department
For the DoD, Secretary Ash Carter regularly engages industry innovators to discover disruptive technologies that could ensure strategic advantage to our national security and prosperity. See the latest news on the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental website at

Take Action
As you may have heard, October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and as the Deputy Chief of Navy Operations for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6) advises, it is an all-hands on deck responsibility.

CHIPS has been publishing at least one cybersecurity article each day during October to stress the importance of protecting your security both at home and in the workplace. Visit for helpful guidance.

Notorious hacking episodes, such as the cyber intrusions on the Office of Personnel Management, Sony Pictures Entertainment and health insurer Anthem, have brought cybersecurity to the forefront of national security discussions. While you may not have a direct voice in these discussions, you can do much to protect your privacy and help ensure that you are not a victim of identity theft.

Resources can be found on the OPM, Federal Trade Commission and Department of Homeland Security websites.

On Sept. 30, CHIPS staff had the pleasure of attending the commissioning of the new Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force Gen. Denis Mercier, in Norfolk. We have also been tracking and writing about Trident Juncture 2015, the biggest NATO exercise since 2002, involving more than 36,000 personnel from 30 Allied and partner nations.

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Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson is the CHIPS senior editor, she can be reached at

WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2015) An infographic depicting cyber threats. U.S. government and Navy computer networks and systems now face a constant barrage of attacks and intrusion attempts. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Austin Rooney
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, hands the Allied Command Transformation flag to the newly appointed Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Denis Mercier. Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Stephen Oleksiak.
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