The U.S. Navy is an innovative service at heart. Many key 20th century inventions originated from or were perfected by the Navy. (Think nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, GPS, and modern computers). However, the rate of new ideas is slowing. While successful idea forums and innovation units exist, the Navy writ large lacks a way to capture ideas and has few methods to encourage or fund bottom-up innovation. This is especially the case at the deckplate level, where many original ideas historically emerged.
Navy Innovation Must Come From Within
By Lieutenant Derek S. Bernsen, U.S. Navy