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SPRING 2018

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16 Navy | Spring 2018 Hahn offers his thoughts on the naval research enterprise to members of the Office of Naval Research Reserve Component during their Winter Program Review Jan. 26 in Arlington, Va. is is our first cycle, so we'll see where that goes. What's being done to encourage and empower our Sailors to become part of the process, to bring innovative solutions to the problems or challenges they see in the field? is is probably the hardest part of the equation to solve. at user community — they've got high expectations. ose high expectations are based on what they see happening around them every day, and we're not always meeting that expectation when we bring our solutions to the ships, submarines and aircra. And that group changes out frequently. You can tailor your user experience on your non-military gear. You get to tailor that because compa- nies like Amazon and others have created this profit and loss center of one, and that would be you. You can tailor what happens to your account, to your user experience. We can't always do that. So that group expects a lot and they change over quite frequently. We're moving through a user base that moves quite a bit. at's the hardest problem to solve, but it's probably the most important one. at's the challenge of writing a requirements document, and the resource spon- sors who are charged with writing those requirements documents have recently moved to professionalize the way that we create those requirements and have moved to make sure that user experiences are articulated broad enough so that we don't have a point solution when we go to try to create the capability. We recognize that we're probably better off if we can iterate our way there and the users are part of that iteration as we move forward. Again, this goes back to the absorption model. If we can do that in a lot of spins and not say, "is point solution's got to last for 20 years," then you can move with the expectations of the users because they're going change their minds too. You have said that absorbing new technologies into the fleet is a particular challenge, from a power standpoint as well as logistically and financially. Given that the Navy is already stretched thin, how do you prioritize requests from the field? It's a many-faceted equation that you'd have to apply to this problem. It comes down to how much of it can we get in the hands of a Sailor or Marine by the time it's needed? ere's the challenge associated with going into JOHN F. WILLIAMS

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