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Navy, HHS Advance Agile Acquisition Culture; James Geurts, Oki Mek Quoted

The U.S. Navy and the Department of Health and Human Services are adopting an agile approach to accelerate the procurement process and stay ahead of technology trends, Federal News Network reported Monday. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, said the service is asking private sector talent to work in the government for a few years as part of its agile acquisition efforts. 

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Navy to Build New Test Site for Ship Weapons Elevators

The U.S. Navy started construction on a land-based test site at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia to speed up development of its new weapons elevators, a project that saw a delay due to technical issues, USNI News reported Friday. Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesperson for Navy acquisition chief James Geurts, said the service aims to complete the facility in 2020.

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Navy Acquisition Lead Details Plans to Accelerate Modernization

The U.S. Navy’s top acquisition official wants to speed up the acquisition process, lower costs, new talent and industry partnerships to support the service’s modernization efforts, Defense News reported Monday. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, is fixing the service’s slow acquisition system.

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Navy Leaders Discuss Budget, Readiness at 2019 Sea-Air-Space Expo

Rear Adm. John Nowell, the U.S. Navy’s director of military personnel plans and policy, said that the service’s biggest challenge in readiness is “maintaining a stable and predictable budget,” the Navy said Tuesday. Nowell noted during the recent Sea-Air-Space exposition in Maryland that his office is addressing the Navy’s gaps in readiness that were identified in fiscal 2018.

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Navy Unveils Program Executive Office Columbia

The U.S. Navy has created an office to manage the construction of Columbia-class submarine units. The Navy said Wednesday the Program Executive Office Columbia will assist the service branch to maintain resilient sea-based strategic deterrents through 2080.

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James Geurts: AI has Potential for Accelerating Navy’s Training Efforts

James Geurts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for research, development and acquisition, said during his WEST 2019 speech that artificial intelligence must be leveraged for training operations, USNI reported Thursday. “I think an area we don’t talk enough about where I think there’s also very interesting opportunities is in training, and how do we speed up our training cycles,” he noted.

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James Geurts Announces Navy’s Tech Accelerator Program at West 2019

James Geurts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for research, development and acquisition, officially announced the formation of a technology accelerator program at West 2019 in San Diego called NavalX, C4ISRNET reported Friday. NavalX, also known as Naval Expedition, seeks to facilitate collaboration between industry and military personnel and develop platforms designed to make the service more agile.

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Michael Moran: Navy Program Managers Must Lead Efforts to Streamline Acquisition

Vice Adm. Michael Moran, principal military deputy to the U.S. Navy acquisition executive, said Thursday at an engineering conference that “things can be done” when it comes to streamlining acquisition, USNI News reported Monday. Moran said the use of new and innovative processes like additive manufacturing helped the Navy field an updated next-generation jammer for the EA-18G Growler in four months instead of the initial nine-year schedule.

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