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25 Association of the United States Navy process" like you usually see with a Pentagon acquisition program. "ere's an emphasis on nimbleness and on experimentation," Martin said. "ere's been a lot of industries in the Navy that have been making prototypes, rather than try to engineer everything in advance." e naval warfare centers have been on the front lines of this effort, he said. "ey participate in technology exercises where a particular problem set might be identified, and then a lot of different people come out and say, 'Here's my thing that might work,'" he said. "It's a very heavy emphasis on partnering with universities, with labs, and it helps the cause: it creates something where you find out about how to use it as you're working on it." Warfare centers have put a lot of work into aviation support systems and UUVs, in partic- ular, when it comes to prototyping. For example, Martin noted that the Navy has examined ways to use unmanned autonomous vehicles as part of an amphibious assault, meaning an unmanned platform could be the first thing across the beach rather than a human being. Martin believes the Navy has been more successful in speeding up the prototyping process. "ey're getting to the fleet much more quickly than they would have," he said. "Delivery has been much more rapid than some of the more-older legacy types of systems. You still have the program-of-re- cord systems that have been in development for a long time. ere's frankly been some frustration to get those things out. I think it's accurate to say that the desire to prototype has helped moved that along." n Daniel P. Taylor is an Arlington, Va.-based freelance writer specializing in Navy and Marine Corps acquisition and development programs. Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Daniel Pastor, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), observes a 3D printer during a 3D design and production course at Old Dominion University (ODU) May 13, 2017, in Norfolk, Va. The ODU FleetMaker program teaches service members how to design and print objects and parts that can be beneficial to the fleet. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is an important tool in the processes of prototyping and accelerating technology to the field. MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS RAWAD MADANAT

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