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22 Navy | Spring 2018 W hen the Navy gets serious about building platforms, the service creates some pretty incredible things. at process, however, can take a long time. Take the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor program, for example. It's relatively new to the fleet, having entered service in 2007, but the concept was first conceived in 1980. Twenty-seven years is a long time to wait for a platform. While the V-22's case perhaps isn't typical of most defense acquisition programs, that length of time for fielding new capabilities is not unheard of. Development oen stretches for years. at's why the Navy today is placing a renewed emphasis on prototyping, and specifically on speeding up the process. Prototyping refers to Navy efforts to create early models of platforms, systems or capabilities in order to evaluate a new design that could poten- tially be introduced into the service later on. Mike Grant, head of the unmanned vehicles division at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Divi- sion Newport, R.I., says there's no such thing as a "typical" prototyping process, because such projects GETTING TECH TO THE FLEET... Navy Turns Important Projects Around Quickly by Speeding Up the Prototyping Process By Daniel P. Taylor U.S. NAVY

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