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The Director of Innovation. Volume 4, March 2010
OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA
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In this issue we looked at Global Technology Awareness GTA. The topic is a critical one for the Navy, and especially true for the ST program. As you might expect, GTA is also complex, and as a result the articles in this issue are more in depth looks at some of the current aspects and perspectives. I think we have many rich resources to meet the challenges of GTA, and some of those are authors of articles in this issue. When we think about this notion of technology awareness we do so with the realization that the entire world is involved in championing and performing ST. It is our role at ONR, as the organization sponsoring naval ST, to make investments in superior ST. To do so, its critical that we look not only inward but outward. Im pleased by the breadth and depth of our understanding and collaboration with scientists and governments across the globe. But I recognize that we never know what we dont know and that it is important that we keep searching for inventors and innovation around the world. In my own job as the Director of Innovation at ONR, I travel internationally for a variety of reasons. I recently spent a week at an Autonomy conference hosted by ONR and the NATO Underwater Research Center in Lerici, Italy. The sophistication of thinking was humbling and I was very pleased to learn that ONR sponsors a number of world renowned scientists in the field of Autonomy. I was particularly impressed by Dr. Paul Newman of the Robotics Research Group at the University of Oxforwhose enthusiasm was as infectious and compelling as his research results. In December of 2009, I traveled to Valparaiso, Chile for an ONR sponsored workshop on Operations Research. It is always interesting to watch how other Navies solve problems and I found the Chileans to be very innovative. The extreme distances between Chile, North America and Europe require innovative Naval tactics and fleet sustainment approaches.
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