GAO Report Puts Spotlight on ONR’s Role in US Navy

first_img View post tag: ONR View post tag: Spotlight View post tag: News by topic View post tag: report GAO Report Puts Spotlight on ONR’s Role in US Navy View post tag: GAO View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy March 29, 2013center_img A new report issued by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) puts a spotlight on the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for effective ways to get new technologies out of the lab and into the hands of the war-fighter.The report, “Defense Technology Development,” released this month after a year-long study, looks at programs across the Department of Defense (DoD) that transition research into actual use, or acquisition, by Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Soldiers.ONR is the Department of the Navy’s science and technology (S&T) provider, charged with discovering, developing and transitioning innovative S&T to meet warfighter needs. The command’s Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) program—responsible for developing QuikClot blood-clotting agents, single-coat ship tank coatings to reduce corrosion damage, and much more—is cited in the report for finding efficient, cost-effective ways to make research functional.“Establishing clear and consistent commitments and communication channels among stakeholders is fundamental to managing transition projects and achieving transition,” the report says. “We found the Future Naval Capabilities program provides a good example of senior leadership positively affecting project management activities.”Since its inception in 2002, the FNC program is designed to develop and transition cutting-edge technology products to acquisition officers within a three- to five-year timeframe. The GAO reports that across all military services and departments, the FNCs have the highest historical transition rate, at 86 percent. “Getting the most effective, useful technologies to our Sailors and Marines is critical,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder. “Without the right processes in place, even the best ideas might not make it through to the fleet.”The road from research idea to tangible capability can be long and complex, involving multiple demands from different players. The FNC program goal is to ensure warfighter needs are addressed in an expeditious and fully vetted manner.The report acknowledges that this isn’t always easy, and commends the best practices by research programs across DoD—including the creation of Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) that get early commitment and regular input from the warfighting, acquisition and scientific communities, among others. “In the case of the Navy,” the report states, “IPTs identify capability gaps, provide input on which S&T projects may address those gaps, assess project progress, make sure transition strategies remain valid, and confirm funding is aligned to support transition.”ONR uses multiple assessment and tracking tools to measure transition efforts and outcomes. “Multiple, ongoing reviews help us document success—and to understand the reasons when a technology fails to transition,” said Dr. Thomas Killion, who heads ONR’s Directorate of Transition. “That helps us improve our processes and increase the likelihood of successful transition in future technology development programs.”The report notes that “by maintaining this level of tracking, the Navy is better aware of the benefits and obstacles associated with a substantial portion of their S&T portfolio, which may better inform decisions made by Navy leadership.”ONR’s rapid-turnaround program, TechSolutions, which takes requests from Sailors and Marines for quick solutions to capability problems in the field, also receives favorable mention in the GAO report, as does the cost-cutting Manufacturing Technology, or ManTech, program.Since its inception in 1946, ONR research efforts have supported the development of the laser; GPS; transistors; fiber optics; radar; cell phones and more.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 29, 2013; Image: ONR View post tag: PUTS Research & Development Back to overview,Home naval-today GAO Report Puts Spotlight on ONR’s Role in US Navy View post tag: role View post tag: usa Share this articlelast_img read more

O’Neill seeking win over Scotland

first_img He added with a smile: “But you may be right. We are down to kick off at 1pm – if the game finishes at 1.10pm, I’ll think you might have had a point.” Defender Marc Wilson, one of several players who was born in the North but opted to represent the Republic, is desperate to play some part on Thursday’s game and does not fear any backlash. He said: “That’s part and parcel of football, isn’t it? You get tackles and you’ve just got to take them and get on with it. Then hopefully when you get the chance, put your foot in and do the same.” Indeed, the 27-year-old Stoke player is keen to be involved in all three games, and is treating the Northern Ireland match as he would any other international fixture rather than just as a training game. He said: “I’d like to be involved in all the games if I could. As a football player that’s what you want. You want to play in every single game and I’m no different. “It’s a match. Definitely, it’s a match.” The Republic face Gordon Strachan’s men at the Aviva Stadium on June 13 having lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture in Glasgow in November last year, and a repeat would severely damage their hopes of closing the gap to Poland, Germany and the Scots, who are currently above them in Group D, from which two sides will qualify automatically. While there will still be plenty of football left to play whatever happens in Dublin this month, manager O’Neill is acutely aware of what a boost victory would provide. Martin O’Neill has left his Republic of Ireland players in little doubt that next weekend’s showdown with Scotland could go a long way towards deciding their Euro 2016 fate. He said: “First of all, I wouldn’t hide away from the fact that it’s a very important game for us. We’ve been beaten in Scotland and we’d like to win the return game, and it would give us a massive boost. “If we are beaten in the game, then of course it makes life a lot more difficult in terms of trying to qualify, but there is plenty of football to play. “There is always pressure on you to win games at this level and I think we should embrace that and not shy away from it.” To that end, Ireland will warm up for a game they cannot afford to lose with two friendlies, the first of them against neighbours Northern Ireland behind closed doors at the Aviva on Thursday, and then the eagerly-anticipated clash with England at the same venue on Sunday. It will be the first time the two sides have met in the city since the infamous night in 1995 when rioting England fans forced the abandonment of the last game, but while the fixture may be historic in that context, it is what it means in terms of preparation which matters more to O’Neill. He said: “I think it’s a really good game for us. It’s heightened the profile, and when it was arranged I was delighted as it gives us the opportunity to play a high-profile game and a high intensity game the week before [Scotland].” In the meantime, O’Neill will look to hone his team with a run-put against Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland squad away from prying eyes, and he will use it as an opportunity to get minutes under the belt for players such as Aiden McGeady, who missed much of the second half of Everton’s season through injury, and those men plying their trade in the Sky Bet Championship, most of whom finished their club commitments a month ago. Asked if there was an agreement between the two managers to take it easy on the pitch, the former Celtic boss said: “That shouldn’t really be a problem. I’m looking at this very positively.” Press Associationlast_img read more