SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) hosted a Pacific Rim Innovation Symposium, Oct. 10-11, at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego.
The symposium, "Engaging Junior Leaders to Address Pacific Rim Challenges," was designed to help junior leaders transform ideas into capabilities, overcome internal barriers to innovation, promote debate on employment of sea power in future conflicts and solicit ideas to address current Pacific Fleet challenges.
Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, commander of NWDC, arranged the symposium at the request of Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
"We have an innovation campaign this year that involves three different segments so far," Kraft said. "We've had two innovation symposiums on the East Coast, and Adm. Haney asked us to do an innovation symposium here focusing on the Pacific Fleet."
Haney, who served as the keynote speaker via Defense Connect Online (DCO), said he was eager to hear all of the input from those in attendance as well as the audience on DCO.
Kraft said NWDC's "Innovation Series 2012" is designed to reinvigorate a culture of innovation throughout the fleet.
"Innovation is about reacting to change," Kraft said. "Things are changing right now all over the world. For the Navy, not just to keep up with the changes, but to stay ahead of them, we need to innovate. This is about recapturing the innovative DNA in the fleet, and enabling and channeling that into a method and a process that allows great ideas and innovative things to get up to where they need to be so we can act on them."
Lt. j.g. Jessica Warner, assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7, said the symposium has been an unique opportunity for junior leaders to learn about innovation and express their own concerns and ideas.
"I think it's important for junior officers to go to events like this because we are the future," Warner said. "We will be the officers benefiting from this technology on ships or at shore commands. So, it's definitely important for us to see and know that there is a process to make things better, and to know that there are people working now for our future. It's important for us to voice what our concerns are for our future."
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