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NEWS | March 19, 2018

Senior Marine Corps Leader Visits NSWC Crane

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications

March 19, 2018

CRANE, Ind. – On March 13, Lt. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, the Marine Corps’ Deputy Commandant for Information, and his team visited Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to learn more about Crane’s work in areas such as cybersecurity, expeditionary warfare, and electronic warfare.

Lt. Gen. O’Donohue’s visit came on the heels of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller’s trip to Crane last October. Following his visit to NSWC Crane – the first time a Marine Corps Commandant had ever visited Crane – Gen. Neller encouraged Lt. Gen. O’Donohue to make a trip of his own as soon as possible.

In 2015, Gen. Neller formed an information warfare task force to lead development and integration of new information warfare capabilities. That task force led to the establishment of the Deputy Commandant for Information last year, a position for which Lt. Gen. O’Donohue was appointed by the Pentagon last June.

In his role as Deputy Commandant for Information, which was established to reflect the reality that information will play a large role in any future conflict, Lt. Gen. O’Donohue oversees all aspects of information warfare within the service.

“We were honored to host such a distinguished visitor at Crane,” said Tricia Herndon, the Director of NSWC Crane’s Special Warfare and Expeditionary Systems Department. “Lt. Gen. O’Donohue is leading the way in the evolution of technology for operations in the information environment. The realization that NSWC Crane is a critical partner for the success of this mission is exciting, and it challenges our workforce to reach beyond the art of possible.” 

During the visit, Lt. Gen. O’Donohue and his team saw a few of NSWC Crane’s nationally-recognized technical labs and toured each of Crane’s three mission areas – Expeditionary Warfare, Electronic Warfare and Strategic Missions.

NSWC Crane remains the largest Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Center provider to the Marine Corps, and the collaboration between the two organizations continues to grow. 

“Any day that we can host senior leadership from the Marine Corps – or any service – on base, it is a great day for Crane,” said Alan Kirkman, NSWC Crane’s Marine Corps Customer Advocate. “Lt. Gen. O’Donohue was very impressed with the Crane culture and the attitude of our tremendous workforce. He specifically noted Crane’s enthusiasm, patriotism and can-do attitude, and indicated that this was the first of many visits for him and his team to Crane.”

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of NAVSEA with focus areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. NSWC Crane is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.