July 24, 2008
By Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Public Affairs
NORCO, Calif — Craig MacDougall, a scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona, a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, received the Item-Unique Identification (IUID) Individual Contribution Award from the Department of Defense (DoD) July 17.
“I’m delighted that Craig has been recognized with this prestigious honor,” said Capt. Rob Shafer, NSWC Corona commander. “Craig leads the NSWC Corona IUID Center, and I’m glad his work is helping others within DoD streamline the development and implementation of the IUID technology that’s transforming DoD business practices.”
DoD recognizes key individuals with the IUID Individual Contribution Award for their critical roles in the successful advancement of IUID. LeAntha Sumpter, Deputy Director for Program Development and Implementation, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, presented MacDougall with the award at the UID and eBusiness Forum in Sacramento, Calif.
“Craig has been a strong advocate of IUID and inherently understands its benefits for asset management,” said Sumpter. “He’s been a vigorous proponent of sharing lessons learned at the Corona IUID Center and advocating improvements to other DoD personnel.”
The DoD IUID program was introduced in 2003 and is being implemented by DoD Program Managers, Depots, Automatic Identification Technology Solution providers, and DoD suppliers. DoD has mandated its use for almost all of its assets. IUID will improve data quality, create standardized serialization, and take advantage of automatic data capturing that revolutionizes existing business processes.
“IUID is at the forefront of DoD modernization and transformation by providing a level of asset visibility previously unavailable to the global defense industrial base,” said Dr. James Finley, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. “When IUID data is combined with other automatic identification technology, the accuracy, reliability, and efficiency of the entire DoD supply chain is enhanced.” Currently, the IUID Registry contains more than three million items in its database.
NSWC Corona began its involvement with IUID in August 2005 with two pilot projects, a Navy Standard Missile project and a Marine Corps weapon calibration project. These successful pilot programs gained the Corona IUID Center recognition within the defense community and MacDougall as an IUID subject matter expert.
“From the success we’ve had with the Navy and Marine Corps programs, it’s great to see other Services’ programs leverage Corona’s recognized excellence in setting standards,” said Shafer. “This is an outstanding example of joint service, and we’re ready to offer any assistance to our sister Services.”
Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona is the Navy’s only independent assessment agent and is responsible for gauging the warfighting capability of ships and aircraft, analyzing missile defense systems, and assessing the adequacy of Navy personnel training. Another key responsibility is setting measurement and calibration standards for the Navy. The base is home to two premiere national laboratories, the Joint Warfare Assessment Lab and the Measurement Science and Technology Lab, which are instrumental in fulfilling NSWC Corona’s mission and supporting our nation’s Armed Forces.