"When you hear the Chief of Naval Operations talk about high-velocity learning, to me that equates to high-velocity experimenting in everything we do. Whether it's a business process or a prototype," said Geurts. "When we are doing this high-speed experimentation stuff [in the fleet], success or failure isn't whether it worked. It's whether you can tell me it worked or not [and how we can improve the processes]."
With these expectations in mind NRL has made strides towards aligning itself with rapid S&T acquisition, having researchers participate in tours of Navy ships.
Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic approved NRL’s request for researchers to step aboard USS James E. Williams, while it was pier-side for an in-depth operational exchange between ship systems and Sailors who use them.
“I’ve been interested for a while in getting aboard Navy ships and talking to Sailors working with sensing systems,” said, Dr. Steve Bennett, material scientist in the Material Science and Technology Division at NRL.
This style of event allows researchers, potentially too busy for an underway period, to embark Navy ships and still engage with departments in use of specific S&T.