In Sub Design, Look at the Work and People First
By Rear Admiral Arnold Lotring, U.S. Navy (Retired)
The recent creation of a submarine rating focused on information technology (ITS) confirms the changing work associated with the information age. Despite the influence of this age on system and platform design, until the announcement of the new ITS rating, the rating structure in our submarines has remained constant since the late 1990s. We now have the opportunity to select and prepare a workforce that will influence, fully support, and optimize design changes on future submarines. This can be accomplished if we commit to a truly “human”-systems-integration process, which will result in a force without equal.