NORFOLK (NNS) -- Eight new members were selected for the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) for fiscal year 2014.
The new members, representing surface, submarine and information dominance warfare communities as well as restricted line staff corps, include five officers and three enlisted Sailors.
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.
The new members are: Lt. Matt Dursa, a litigation attorney based at the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington, DC; Lt. Jason Knudson, an information warfare officer attached to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland; Lt. Mark Morgan, a qualified submarine, surface and information dominance warfare officer serving with commander, Submarine Squadron 17 in Bangor, Wash.; Lt. Dave Nobles, a surface warfare officer serving onboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) in San Diego, Calif.; Lt. Brent Powers, a qualified submarine officer, currently assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence's Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center in Washington, DC; Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/EXW) Jason Perry, deputy public affairs officer at commander, Submarine Group 2 in Groton, Conn.; Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class (SW) H. Lucien Gauthier III, who will report to NIOC Maryland following completion of Navy Analysis and Reporting "C" School; and Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class (IDW/SW) Tyler Moore.
"CRIC candidates must have exceptional drive, passion and vision to dedicate their personal time to changing the future of the Navy," said Rear Adm. Scott Jerabek, commander, NWDC. "I congratulate these new members - and all those who applied for membership. The burden of membership is high, but the rewards are even greater."
Participation in the CRIC is a collateral duty that does not require a geographic relocation or release from one's present duty assignments. Each member proposes a project, and upon acceptance, shepherds their project to completion. The new members will rotate into the CRIC as current members complete their projects and rotate out.
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. 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, augmented reality solutions for the warfighter, crowdsourced wargaming, and alternate communication capabilities.
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