Armor & Mobility

MAY 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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Page 25 of 35 24 | May 2016 | Armor & Mobility | Unmanned Tech Solutions Naval Firepower Unmanned Procurement UTS: Please speak to your role as Commander, NSWC, and the organization's overall mission. Rear Adm. Selby: The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers are comprised of Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) and represent 30% of the Navy's engineering and scientific expertise. I have the honor of serving as Commander, NSWC; I am responsible for eight echelon- four Divisions located across the United States: Carderock, Corona, Crane, Dahlgren, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology, Panama City, Philadelphia, and Port Hueneme, as well as one echelon- five command, Combat Direction Systems Activity (part of Dahlgren). My counterpart, Rear Adm. Moises Del Toro, is in charge of NUWC, which is comprised of two echelon-four Divisions, Newport and Keyport, as well as one echelon-five command, Naval Sea Logistics Center (NSLC) (part of Keyport). With more than 100 years of history, the NAVSEA Warfare Centers provide "full spectrum" technical advice and solutions to our partners in support of Naval platforms and systems. The NAVSEA Warfare Centers are also a part of the Naval Research & Development Establishment (NR&DE), which is comprised of 15 major commands - including the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Warfare Centers, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Centers, and the Naval Research Lab. Within the past few years, we have been very focused on increasing collaboration across all of these commands to deliver full-spectrum support across multiple portfolios in multiple warfare areas – when you work with one of us, you are working with all of us. UTS: From a special operations perspective, speak to some of the key challenges NSWC faces and is overcoming in dealing with prototype development. Rear Adm. Selby: It is becoming more and more critical to keep pace with the rapid proliferation of technology. We need to maintain our asymmetric advantage that will ensure our access to the battle space and our dominance on the battlefield. I'm convinced that a big part of the solution to these challenges lies in the teaming of humans and machines and the nation that can master this first will hold the advantage for the foreseeable future. The good news is that there's no nation better positioned to solve these problems than us. As a society, we are very open, sharing and willing to put our ideas out there for all to hear – that's powerful. Coming up with new ideas and then translating those ideas into something tangible is a huge part of innovation – and as team – which includes government, industry and academia – I think we can do it faster and better than anyone else. Within the Warfare Centers, we are challenging ourselves to think differently, to think outside of the box. Under the time- consuming traditional process, innovation can be bogged down and good ideas can be lost. Innovation is our bread and butter. All of our Divisions have established innovation cells to enable our scientists, engineers and technicians to quickly respond to urgent needs and reduce the response time for prototypes. For example, NSWC Crane Division is developing an innovation process that values progress over perfection and iteration over production – Rapid Innovation Prototyping Lab (RIPL). This process is driven by warfighter challenges and enables direct collaboration between the warfighter and science, engineering, and technical experts. In testing this process, one of the first warfighter challenges they addressed was an electronic tablet to seamlessly transition from land to water, and vice versa. A key factor was the ability to maintain C2 in both environments. Crane pulled together a team of experts from a variety of technical areas including mechanical engineering, materials science, optics, electronics and manufacturing. They utilized the RIPL – a physical environment outfitted with equipment like 3D printers and other industrial-based tools (drills, metal bending, etc.) – to complete the first stage of prototyping. The RIPL environment enables teams to think and work differently. Within two weeks, the team developed a prototype. A week later, the prototype was tested in a UTS spoke recently with Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Washington Nav y Yard, regarding the command 's efforts to field the latest in naval unmanned and related support systems for f leet readiness. Interview conducted by UTS Editor Scott Sharon ADVANCING PROTOTYPE TO FLEET READY

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