DAHLGREN, Va. – Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), kicked off his nationwide tour of the NAVSEA Warfare Centers, announcing that he will keep tens of thousands of employees updated, involved, and informed along the way with online posts.
Moore, speaking at an all-hands meeting, invited Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) employees to engage with him via the internal online collaboration tool, iNFusion. Such interactive tools encourage employees to share information across the NAVSEA enterprise.
"I continue to be amazed by the incredible work that you do each and every day," Moore told several hundred military, government civilians, and contractors. The base theater staged the Jan. 16 event, which was recorded for on-demand viewing by the NSWCDD workforce.
The day after encouraging his audience to continue sharing knowledge quickly across the enterprise, he shared the highlights and insights of his Dahlgren trip with 73,000 NAVSEA employees via his online iNFusion report.
Moreover, Moore invited the NAVSEA workforce to read posts that he and NAVSEA Executive Director James Smerchansky will journal over the next several months while visiting the Warfare Center divisions with the theme: “Warfare Centers – The Campaign Plan in Action.”
Moore’s Campaign Plan engages three NAVSEA mission areas – on-time delivery of ships and submarines, culture of affordability, and cybersecurity – on which he focused throughout his Dahlgren tour following his speech.
The admiral’s visit included briefings on a wide range of technologies, capabilities, and topics from the Innovation Lab (iLab), future combat systems, directed energy, cyber security, radar data, human systems integration, future ballistic missile defense, and chemical, biological, and radiological defense.
“Just getting around and seeing all the things that are going on here and everyone’s contribution to the NAVSEA Campaign Plan, and the contributions they make to the Navy always exhilarates me – gives me something to fight for and work for in Washington, D.C.,” said Moore in an on-camera interview after his Dahlgren tour, posted on the NSWCDD Facebook page.
“That Innovation Lab fits right into our Culture of Affordability and On Time Delivery of Ships and Submarines mission areas,” said Moore as he looked into the camera while recounting his meeting with Dahlgren personnel at the iLab who are working on improved Surface Force bridge designs and, “trying to solve some of the real world problems that we have today.”
NSWCDD scientists and engineers are exploring transformational ideas in the iLab, which opened for business last summer as an intensive collaborative environment where experts work to speed up and maximize corporate innovative solutions across the laboratory to further empower the nation’s warfighters to fight, win, and return home safely.
The admiral encouraged his NSWCDD audience – including the command's leaders, scientists, and engineers as well as business and human resource specialists – to reflect on the three major mission areas in 2018 and to "think about the 355-ship Navy and how we're going to get there."
"The Campaign Plan itself hasn't changed," said Moore. "We have three core principles and three major mission areas. Number one is the on-time delivery of ships and submarines. Number two remains a culture of affordability, and number three is cybersecurity. You are well embedded in all three of those."
NAVSEA, he said, will enable the Navy to get there by implementing the mission areas while instilling high-velocity-learning principles and effectively managing the flow of ideas, problem solving, and knowledge sharing through the ingenuity and collaboration among the NAVSEA workforce innovators.
Meanwhile, NAVSEA's dynamic, diverse, and innovative workforce is committed to designing, building, delivering, and maintaining ships and systems on time and on cost for the Navy in a high-velocity-learning environment.
"The core foundational efforts of what we do remain high-velocity learning and people," said Moore. "We spend a lot of time focusing on the people side of the house, striving to provide you more opportunity to grow individually and as teams. Our people really are my number one priority. My main job as NAVSEA commander is to provide an opportunity for people to come into NAVSEA and grow individually to get to where they want to get to 10, 15, 20 years down the road." He added that that NAVSEA will continue to be a "fantastic place to work and we'll continue to do incredible things."
NAVSEA – the largest of the Navy's five systems commands – comprises command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive Offices, and numerous field activities. NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys, and maintains ships, submarines, and combat systems that meet the Fleet's current and future operational requirements. The command is also responsible for establishing and enforcing technical authority and standards in combat system design and operation to ensure systems are engineered effectively and operate safely and reliably.
NSWC Dahlgren Division, a NAVSEA warfare center division, is a premier research and development center that serves as a specialty site for weapon system integration. The command's unique ability to rapidly introduce new technology into complex warfighting systems is based on its longstanding competencies in science and technology, research and development, and test and evaluation.