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Adm. John Richardson: Navy Should Pursue Fleet Prototyping, Experimentation

John Richardson
John Richardson

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has said the U.S. Navy should advance rapid prototyping and experimentation efforts in its fleet of ships in an effort to immediately address risks amid budget concerns and complex security environment, USNI News reported Thursday.

Sam LaGrone and Megan Eckstein write Richardson told USNI News in an interview that the Navy is in talks with the office of defense secretary, Congress and industry to expedite the prototyping process for technology platforms as well as respect the oversight responsibilities of each agency.

He also plans to draft an instructional document to explain the service branch’s rapid prototyping approach, according to the report.

Sailors have provided the military branch with novel concepts through various programs, such as the Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation forum and “innovation jams,” Richardson told USNI News.

He also mentioned the studies launched by the service branch, Mitre Corp. and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis on a new fleet design as well as the Navy’s plan to increase surface ships’ offensive capabilities.

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