Navy leverages innovation in global competition – MeriTalk

US Navy Under Secretary Erik Raven said at the MerITocracy American Innovation Forum on July 21 that the Navy must continue to leverage innovation in order to stay ahead of adversaries around the world. Raven

US Navy Under Secretary Erik Raven said at the MerITocracy American Innovation Forum on July 21 that the Navy must continue to leverage innovation in order to stay ahead of adversaries around the world.

Raven explained that in the face of increasing competition from China, the US military advantage relies on National Defense Strategy 2022 to achieve real results. And he explained that the new strategic direction has already resulted in “monumental improvements” in terms of innovation.

“Our ships, planes and submarines continue to be the most successful in the world, but [with] the growing threat environment we currently find ourselves in, we need to change the way we operate,” said Raven.

“Through operational concepts such as distributed maritime operations and cross-cutting efforts such as Project Overmatch, we connect our traditional capital platforms and aircraft with cyber, space, electronic warfare and authorization capabilities. “, he continued. “These innovations will maintain and strengthen our advantage against any adversary, increase our resilience and allow us to operate and strike in any environment.”

As an example, Raven said that today’s Marines can “sense and kill at 10 times the range” than a few years ago and can use cyber across the sector – all thanks to new innovative technologies.

“To be successful in our endeavors, we must continue to expand our universe of business partnerships and increase competition to ensure that we are pulling in the best ideas to stay on the cutting edge,” Raven said. “We need to make room for small, innovative and nimble companies that may not have worked with the department before. We need to streamline and improve the policies already in place to eliminate bureaucratic barriers and protect our technology.

He added that the Navy must reform its way of thinking to emphasize that it is okay to make mistakes – because mistakes are a learning opportunity.

Above all, Raven said the Navy must remain focused on its core mission, which is that Sailors and Marines “have the right tools to fight and win all the time.”

“These challenges are not unique to our military – we see them in all sectors of the country,” he said. “It is only through a whole-of-government, whole-nation approach that we will succeed. The tech community is at the forefront of our unified efforts to deter and defend what we consider most important. It’s the engine.”