Application Period Open for CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell

Story Number: NNS130625-12Release Date: 6/25/2013 3:08:00 PM
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From Navy Warfare Development Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Navy is currently accepting applications for new members of the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) for fiscal year 2014.

The CRIC was established in 2012 to provide junior leaders with an opportunity to identify and rapidly field emerging technologies that address the Navy's most pressing challenges. The CRIC capitalizes on the unique perspective and familiarity that junior leaders possess regarding modern warfare, revolutionary ideas, and disruptive technologies.

Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) manages the program and provides administrative and travel support.

CRIC members are volunteers from a cross-section of Navy communities. Participation in the CRIC is a collateral duty that does not require a geographic relocation or release from one's present duty assignments. Selection to the CRIC is based partly on a candidate's proposed project. Once a CRIC member's project is approved, the member remains in the CRIC to shepherd his or her project to completion.

CRIC candidates must have exceptional drive, passion and vision necessary to carry a project to completion. The burden of membership is high, but the rewards are even greater. CRIC members regularly meet with leading innovators in the government and civilian sector, and have access to flag-level sponsorship, funding and a support staff dedicated to turning a member's vision into reality.

Ideal CRIC candidates are officers O-3 and below, and enlisted members E-4 to E-6 transitioning to or currently on shore duty. Having an identified problem to solve with a rapidly implementable solution is desired, but not required. CRIC members generally commit about four days per month outside of their regular duties, participating in ideation events and managing their project. Because CRIC membership is project-based, length of membership depends on the duration of the individual's project, but should not exceed 24 months.

Current projects include 3-D printing, Google Glass integration (Sea Glass), crowdsourced wargaming, and new communication capabilities.

"We are looking for innovation minded personnel with a demonstrated ability to think and operate outside normal paradigms," said Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, commander, NWDC. "The CRIC was established to give our junior 'disruptive thinkers' a safe haven to mature nontraditional solutions until they can effectively demonstrate their value to the fleet."

The application period is open to July 31, 2013. Nominations forms and further information are available at

Candidates will be announced no later than September 1, 2013. Membership start dates will be staggered throughout the fiscal year; as current members rotate back to sea duty or complete their projects, new members will be added. Verified command support is required for membership.

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