FALL 2018

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TITLE OF COLUMN HERE TITLE OF COLUMN HERE TITLE OF COLUMN HERE 3 Association of the United States Navy W hen I was on active duty many years ago and in a discus- sion about what new things the Navy needed for the future, I was told the story of the farmer who was asked in the year 1890 what he needed to be able to do his job better. He replied: "What I need most of all is a horse that can pull more weight and eats less hay." Now that was a perfectly good answer, and if he had gotten that stronger, less-hungry horse he would have improved his productivity — and, indeed, done his job better. €e point of the story of course is that most farmers would not have thought that what he really needed was a gasoline-powered tractor, which revolutionized the agricultural industry only two years later when John Froelich invented and built the …rst one in Clayton County, Iowa. €ere are other examples. For one, I never knew I needed a smart phone until someone else invented it. For sure, I am not very inventive, even if something new and useful is right there in front of me. And once I was on deployment and enjoying my …rst café latte well before the days of a Starbucks on every corner. I thought this new way to enjoy co‹ee was great, but it never occurred to me that people in the United States would react the same way. Missed opportunity there. €e same thing applies to the Navy. When we try to answer the question of what the Navy needs, some of us — maybe most of us — tend to focus on improving what we already have rather than think about the utility of something that does not even exist. €e transition from sail to steam propulsion and then the full integration of airplanes are two classic exam- ples of improvement with a game changer. What will be the next "game-changer?" When I look around the "eet I see aircra" carriers, land, and ship-based aircra", subma- rines, surface ships, and so forth — all highly capable, all the best in the world. But they are not all that di‹erent from those of 50 or even 100 years ago. Details change, yes, but they're still recognizable. History has not stopped. €ere will be a game-changer for the Navy. Will it be a weapon? A combination of unmanned, networked, undetectable, precise, and miniature? Or maybe a new propulsion system with unlimited range and high speed? Or perhaps it will be something else. I am keeping my eye out for it, and just hope it has not been there right in front of me. RADM Christopher Cole, USN (Ret.) AUSN National Executive Director FROM THE DESK OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Eight O'Clock Report An Eye On The Future AUSN; NAVY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS ALAN LE WIS Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Nolan Paras, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), demonstrates features of the Carrier-Advanced ReconŽgurable Training Systems (C-ARTS) simulator at the Cape Henry Associates corporate o"ce. Connect with AUSN Through Social Media Association of the United States Navy @AUSNTweets

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