SECNAV Establishes Task Force Innovation
SECNAV Establishes Task
From Secretary of Navy Public Affairs.
Washington D.C. – (NNS)
– January 22, 2015 – Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced the
establishment of Task Force Innovation (TFI) within the Department of the Navy
Consisting of subject matter experts from across the
department, TFI has been charged with developing a comprehensive innovation
agenda for the Navy and Marine Corps.
Specific tasking for TFI includes the creation of the
Department of the Navy's innovation vision, the development of bold short and
long-term innovation goals and metrics, oversight of coordination across the
department and the removal of bureaucratic roadblocks preventing the achievement
of these goals.
"From non-state actors, to rising powers, today's threats to
our national security and our interests are not just becoming more numerous,
they are also accelerating," said Mabus. "Establishing Task Force Innovation
will help us develop the best ways to improve our systems and ensure that we are
also able to embrace our innovative ideas at a pace that keeps us ahead."
The task force, comprised of special advisors to the
Secretary of the Navy as well as representatives from the offices of the
Assistant Secretaries of the Navy, the Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Policy),
the General Counsel, and the Office of Naval Research will focus its efforts on
three main areas.
The first, according to a memorandum signed by Mabus
establishing TFI, is leveraging innovative practices to create and maintain an
This area of focus will involve evaluating the Department of
the Navy's culture, policies and processes to ensure the Navy and Marine Corps
are attracting, developing and retaining the best talent while creating a
risk-tolerant environment that allows these men and women to anticipate and
solve the services' most demanding problems.
"This isn't about creating an innovative workforce," said
Mabus. "This is about harnessing the creative energy which our Sailors, Marines
and civilians already have."
TFI's second area of focus will be ensuring the Department of
the Navy is effectively viewing information as an asset.
"We develop large amounts of data in the Navy and Marine
Corps - everything from measuring our acquisition programs to the lessons
learned from deployments and operations," Mabus said. "We should be taking
advantage of modern advances in computing power and analytical tools to ensure
we are using all this information as a strategic asset."
TFI has also been charged with rethinking how the Department
of the Navy values and shares information to ensure that processes within the
Navy and Marine Corps allow the services to move at the speed required to
perform their mission in the information age.
The final area of focus for TFI will be ensuring emerging
operational capabilities have a clear and expedient path to the fleet. The new
concepts specifically being addressed by TFI will include adaptive force
packages, unmanned systems, non-lethal weapons, directed energy weapons and
"The Navy and Marine Corps need to continue to press forward
with emerging capabilities and our next generation weapons and operating
concepts," said Mabus.
TFI will have 60 days to provide a detailed innovation agenda
clearly stating the actions required to prepare the Department of the Navy for
the future. They will report directly to the Undersecretary of the Navy.
"Innovation requires bringing together novel ideas and
repurposing resources in order to fundamentally do things differently and to
create beneficial outcomes," said Mabus. "This involves using our greatest asset
to its full potential - the intellectual capital of our remarkable workforce. I
am confident that by working together, we will develop creative solutions to the
most demanding challenges that lie ahead of us."
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