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Warfare Centers host technical innovation exchange

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Story by J.W. Marcum on 03/25/2019
PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD), in collaboration with Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC), co-hosted the 2019 Naval Innovative Science and Engineering Technical Exchange Meeting (NISE TEM), March 19-20, aboard Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.

The NISE TEM provides an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and network within the greater Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE) community. The event showcased the NISE program, established by the National Defense Authorization Act, Section 219. Projects from 2018 were highlighted at the event.

"It's amazing what we can do together with all the resources across the NR&DE," said NAVFAC EXWC Technical Director Kail Macias at the kickoff of the event. "Our collaborative intellect and diversity makes a difference."

"There is great talent here," stated NSWC PHD Technical Director, Paul Mann, during opening remarks. "We're on our way to a future state with a sense of urgency, and we need to learn the art of the possible. We're trying to develop a culture of innovation and remove barriers that get in the way of creative thought and exchange of ideas."

"Through mistakes and failure comes growth," Mann continued. "Perfection is not the goal, progress is the goal, and we're going to make drastic improvements."

Dale Moore, director, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Strategy and Innovation lead, spoke at the event on "Strategic Context."

"It is this community that moves the Navy into the future," said Moore. "We have technological and capability dominance around the world in what we do, but fundamentally we have to take what we're doing to the next level. We must out-learn, out-sense, out-perform, and out-innovate our competitors."

"The vision of the NR&DE is that we must remain a global leader in accelerating the delivery of clearly superior warfighting capabilities," Moore continued. "We can envision the future we want and build the strategic concepts to move forward as an exemplar establishment. Strategic thinking is thinking through and thinking ahead to navigate forward. Through organizational alignment we can build a complex adaptive and anticipatory ecosystem, and having strategic agility will allow us to continually adjust and adapt direction in our core activities."

Moore ended his address by stating, "Great minds break the mold!"

NISE was established by the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the secretaries of the military to provide a mechanism for funding research and development within the laboratories of the Department of Defense. The goal of the program is to grow the internal technical capabilities of the workforce through research projects, technical training, and other workforce development innovations. The NISE program also fosters creativity and stimulates exploration of cutting edge science and technology; serves as a proving ground for new concepts in research and development; and supports high-value, potentially high risk research and development in order to increase the speed of technology transition to the fleet and warfighter.



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