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Data Flood: Helping the Navy Address the Rising Tide of Sensor Information

Data Flood: Helping the Navy Address the Rising Tide of Sensor Information
Source: RAND Corporation

In the U.S. Navy, there is a growing demand for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data, which help Navy commanders obtain situational awareness and help Navy vessels perform a host of mission-critical tasks. The amount of data generated by ISR sensors has, however, become overwhelming, and Navy analysts are struggling to keep pace with this data flood. Their challenges include extremely slow download times, workstations cluttered with applications, and stovepiped databases and networks — challenges that are only going to intensify as the Navy fields new and additional sensors in the coming years. Indeed, if the Navy does not change the way it collects, processes, exploits, and disseminates information, it will reach an ISR “tipping point” — the point at which its analysts are no longer able to complete a minimum number of exploitation tasks within given time constraints — as soon as 2016.

The authors explore options for solving the Navy’s “big data” challenge, considering changes across four dimensions: people, tools and technology, data and data architectures, and demand and demand management. They recommend that the Navy pursue a cloud solution — a strategy similar to those adopted by Google, the Intelligence Community, and other large organizations grappling with big data’s challenges and opportunities.

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Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background and Issues for Congress Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

On February 24, 2014, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the Department of Defense (DOD) intends to truncate the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program to 32 ships— a reduction of 20 ships from the previously planned total of 52 LCSs. Through FY2014, a total of 20 LCSs have been funded. Under the Navy’s FY2014 budget submission, LCSs 21 through 24 were scheduled to be requested for procurement in FY2015.

As a successor to the LCS program, Secretary Hagel announced on February 24 that the Navy is to submit “alternative proposals to procure a capable and lethal small surface combatant, generally consistent with the capabilities of a frigate. I’ve directed the Navy to consider a completely new design, existing ship designs, and a modified LCS.”

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U.S. Navy Employment Options for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs)

U.S. Navy Employment Options for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs)
Source: RAND Corporation

This report assesses in what ways and to what degree unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) are suitable for supporting U.S. Navy missions and functions. It briefly characterizes the current and emerging USV marketplaces to provide a baseline for near-term capabilities, describes USV concepts of employment to support diverse U.S. Navy missions and functions, and evaluates these concepts of employment to identify specific missions and functions for which they are highly suitable. USVs offer several particular strengths relative to other platforms, including the ability to interact both above and below the waterline, enabling them to serve as critical nodes for cross-domain networks. They also have potentially longer endurance, larger payloads, and higher power outputs than comparably sized unmanned air or undersea vehicles. Additionally, their greater risk tolerance compared with manned systems makes them desirable platforms for overcoming adversaries’ anti-access and area-denial measures. These strengths make USVs particularly suitable for missions such as characterizing the physical environment, observation and collection regarding adversaries, mine warfare, military deception/information operations/electronic warfare, defense against small boats, testing and training, search and rescue, and the support of other unmanned vehicles. However, USVs need advanced autonomy and assured communications to complete complex missions, as well as any missions in complex environments. Autonomous seakeeping and maritime traffic avoidance are USV-specific capabilities that likely need to be developed with U.S. Navy involvement. Also, optional manning and payload modularity can enhance the desirability of USV programs.

 

 

This looks like it will cut down on the number of unemployed USVs. I guess that is good news — Bill Drew

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Corpus Christi TX Base Library Position Open

********JOB OPPORTUNITY*******
NON-APPROPRIATED FUND (NAF) POSITION

ANNOUNCEMENT NO: 039/2013

POSITION TITLE: SUPERVISORY LIBRARIAN, NF-1410-04
FULL TIME/BENEFITS

SALARY: $17.00 – $25.00 PER HR. (INCLUDES LOCALITY PAY)

LOCATION: MORALE WELFARE & RECREATION
NAS, CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: ALL SOURCES

RELOCATION EXPENSES: NEGOTIABLE

OPENING DATE: 08 AUGUST 2013 CLOSING DATE: 22 AUGUST 2013

INTRODUCTION:

Directs overall library operation providing mission, education, and quality of life support to base personnel, their families, and retirees. Responsible for the full scope of library functions to include library administration, personnel management, circulation services, reference/research services, technical services, and technological development and support. Responsible for the library facility; i.e., maintenance and improvements, purchasing of furniture and equipment, and allocation of space within the facility for various library functions. Monitors funding allocations. Responsible for work force management, recruitment, and staff training. Provides reference and research services using a broad range of current and retrospective resources, as well as a variety of resource formats. Selects all types of print and non-print media to meet the organizational, educational, and personal needs of library customers in a wide variety of subjects and reading levels. Perform
s selective removal and replacement of material from the collection. Responsible for ensuring the most effective acquisition method is used to acquire library materials. Resolves problems with procurement activity, finance and accounting office, or vendors beyond the expertise of the technicians. Performs original cataloging, subject analysis, and classification of a wide variety of specialized information in all formats using Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress subject headings. Serves as coordinator of automation and systems, including local area network, wide-area network, and Internet, within the library. Manages the library marketing program and tracks marketing program costs and evaluates program effectiveness. Accurately develops, prepares, and justifies library budgets. Appropriately complies with agency and DoD/MWR Library Standards. Establishes and maintains, within established parameters, policies and procedures for all aspects of library
functions. Works independently and accomplishes objectives with minimal supervision. Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A master’s degree in library and information studies from an American Library Association accredited school and 3 years progressively responsible work experience is required. Professional knowledge of all aspects of library principles, concepts, methodology, operations, functions, and management to perform the professional and administrative duties of the position. Knowledge of the policies, procedures, systems, and interrelationships of the library, the library’s databases, data sources, and the customers served. Knowledge of marketing and publicity techniques and of the interests and needs of customers and organizations served to promote library use. Knowledge of established procurement rules and regulations and internal organizational acquisition policies. Familiarity with publishers’ and suppliers’ methods of operation. Knowledge of on-line database searching and research techniques and capabilities of post – processing to meet user requirements. Experience supervi
sing the work of library employees. Successful completion of a National Agency Check is required. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

We are an E-Verify company.

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit a Resume or NAF Application to:

NAF Personnel
385 Fifth Street
Bldg. 39 NAS
Corpus Christi, TX 78419-500
361-961-3441 or 3187
FAX: 361-961-2891
E-MAIL: mary.moyer@navy.mil

As a condition of employment, the selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer. The Department of Navy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.

Nellie S. C. Moffitt, MSLS
Navy General Library Program Manager
Commander, Navy Installations Command
716 Sicard St. SE Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20388-5140
* 202-433-9802 (DSN 288)
* 202-433-0936 (call before faxing)
* 850-450-7243 – cell
* nellie.moffitt@navy.mil

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DoD OIG — Navy Did Not Develop Processes in the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning System to Account for Military Equipment Assets

Navy Did Not Develop Processes in the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning System to Account for Military Equipment Assets (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General

We are providing this report for your review and comment. Department of Navy Office of Financial Operations personnel did not use the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning system to support $416 billion in military equipment assets reported out of the Defense Departmental Reporting System-Audited Financial Statements. As a result, Navy officials spent $870 million to implement the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning system and still did not correct the preexisting military equipment material weakness. We considered management comments on a draft of this report when preparing the final report.

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Website about ALA and World War I

The American Library Direct on Nov 18, included a link to the Library History Bluff webpage  The webiste includes postcards showing Library Service to camp libraries, military hospitals and the merchant marine.  Larry NIx discussed this in his Nov 16 blog, "Books for sailors" http://libraryhistorybuff.blogspot.com/2009/11/books-for-sailors.html

The American Library Direct also mentioned "Historical documents relating to U.S. Navy libraries are located on the Navy Department Library website

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