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SUMMER 2017

Navy magazine is distributed on Capitol Hill,the Pentagon and naval bases around the world. It provides information that impacts Sailors, their families and the Navy. Navy is published quarterly by the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN).

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EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 16 Navy | Summer 2017 AUSN A USN's Navy Now Forum on Rapid Acqui- sition June 13 at the Capitol Hill Club was a resounding success! It was invigorating to see so many representatives from Congres- sional offices, the Navy, and industry. e guest speaker was RADM Michael Moran, Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircra Systems, who gave an engaging talk on the challenges associated with the implementation of acquisition technology. He was joined by Dr. Jona- than Wong, Ph.D., adjunct political scientist from the RAND Corporation, who moderated the discussion. "As 'The Voice of America's Sailors,' AUSN is driven by the need to help build and maintain relationships between the Navy, Congress, Veterans and our industry partners in order to advocate for the best solutions," said VADM Crenshaw, AUSN's Chairman of the Board. "RADM Moran provided some fascinating insights into driving innovation into the DoD procurement process. I'm hopeful that this Navy Now Forum has helped generate discus- sions that will make a difference in delivering inno- vative combat capability to our Navy faster." Moran agreed, explaining his major concerns. "Constrained funding levels for our primary readiness accounts coupled with the uncertainty around when budgets will be approved, drive instability to our plan- ning, our workforce and our Industry Partners, all of which impact our ability to generate readiness," Moran said. "I want to focus on our speed to the fleet, and the opportunity we have to make 'rapid' the norm rather Navy Now Forum: Rapid Acquisition Increasing Technology's Speed to the Fleet By Heidi J. Lenzini Something VADM Cren- shaw said was amusing to RADM Michael Moran and Dr. Jonathan Wong...a funny thing happened on the way to the (Navy Now) Forum!

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