DVIDS – News – NSWCPD Launches Liberty Tech Bridge

In early 2022, the Philadelphia Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCPD) is expected to sign a charter announcing the latest addition to NavalX’s Tech Bridge community: the Liberty Tech Bridge.

“The Liberty Tech Bridge will allow local members of the three Naval Systems Commands [Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NIWC)] to partner effectively with industry and academia in the Philadelphia area,” said Whitney Tallarico, director of NavalX Tech Bridge. “Using the Tech Bridge umbrella, this coalition of naval players will expand and accelerate opportunities to harness talent and technology in the region.”

Covering Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, the Liberty Tech Bridge is the 16th Tech Bridge in the continental United States. Named and inspired by Philadelphia’s famous Liberty Bell, the Liberty Tech Bridge’s vision is to serve as an innovation ecosystem between the U.S. Navy and industry, academia, and state and local governments in the region. to accelerate the development and transition of innovative augmentations in combat capability aboard Navy ships. Its mission will be to facilitate strategic partnerships and foster activities that accelerate creativity and innovation that enhance Navy capability, capability and readiness.

In partnership with the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) and Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIW-PAC), Liberty Tech Bridge’s focus areas will include:

• System durability, maintenance and repair
• Cyber-security
• Digital engineering
• Data acquisition
• Exchange and processing
• Machine systems and components
• Metrology and Rapid Prototyping

The Tech Bridge initiative was created in September 2019 by NavalX, the Department of the Navy’s “workforce super-connector”. Its goal: to create a collaborative environment in a business space where communities can easily connect and provide a space where stakeholders can share ideas and best practices, with the goal of delivering the capabilities and solutions the Navy needs faster. requires.

Technology Bridges is one of four lines of effort that fall under NavalX, enhancing collaboration between naval laboratories, industry, academia and other military branches.

According to NavalX Tech Bridge’s 2020 Annual Report, “The Tech Bridge Innovation Pipeline provides a framework to quickly identify programs that can support technology transition by mapping program timelines, duration, entry and exit criteria. , etc throughout the pipeline. Documentation of each of the process steps is used to identify bottlenecks in project lifecycles and report on overall innovation health in DON [Department of the Navy]. This process is based on the assumption that: early alignment of critical stakeholders speeds up the process and using documented steps to record and share lessons learned will continue to improve the process. »

NSWCPD Engineer Mike Lavery leads the Liberty Tech Bridge project and noted that projects like this are great for the region because they “re-energize relationships with the Naval Air Warfare Center Lakehurst (NAWCAD-LKE) Aeronautical Division, NIWC-PAC, government partners and local universities, and small businesses.

Patrick Violante, Engineering Team Leader for Advanced Data Acquisition, Prototyping Technology and Virtual Environments (ADAPT.VE) at NSWCPD, worked alongside Lavery to bring the Liberty Tech Bridge to life and is excited by the project.

“I’m very excited about the Liberty Tech Bridge,” Violante said. “It will be great to have a center in the region that can serve as a technology transition pipeline where research and development can be conducted. The Technology Bridge Center will allow the Navy to keep a pulse on the great work that our partners in industry and academia are pushing forward.

Violante added that the idea of ​​a technology bridge in the Philadelphia area was mentioned informally six or seven years ago, but not under the title of a technology bridge. “It was more of an innovation cell. There is a need for it in NAVSEA, and I’m glad the Liberty Tech Bridge is being implemented,” he said.

Bringing a technology bridge from concept to reality requires considerable effort from many entities.

“It’s a lot of work to build and maintain a technology bridge, and it requires a commitment from all the commands involved to rethink how they do business and how they build relationships with the regional and national scale. I’m excited to see where the Liberty Tech Bridge takes both the Department of the Navy and the regional community,” said Tallarico.

“To put in place a technology bridge, there must be a commitment from the command to fund the effort,” Lavery added. “We need to have a robust industry and academic ecosystem, be a laboratory for the Navy, and most importantly have a connection to the fleet.”

“We are working on setting up an Intermediary Partnership Agreement (PIA); a PIA allows us to engage the small business community, government partners and academia,” continued Lavery. “The agreement allows us to collaborate on events with these communities and provide better access to all participants. Additionally, we are working with NAWCAD to bring their augmented reality remote maintenance support system to the NSWCPD and Navy Machinery community.

On the potential of the Liberty Tech Bridge to inspire innovation, Violante said, “We are trying to understand how people use digital engineering technology and through the tech bridge we can start working on the adaptation process. Navy-specific applications. The technology bridge can also be a catalyst for much of the work done by the ADAPT.VE (Advanced Data Acquisition Prototyping Technology Virtual Environments) lab and help bring collaboration, including a pipeline for new interns or new hires, innovative small business research efforts and other collaborative outreach opportunities.

Lavery is currently working with NAVAIR Lakehurst and NIWC Pacific Philadelphia Detachment to have NSWCPD leaders sign a charter to establish this joint technology bridge. Additionally, NavalX is planning a few tech demo events focusing on some of the collaborative research.

“I see the Liberty Tech Bridge as a catalyst for innovation. It’s going to help Philadelphia become more innovative with the work we’re doing and hopefully we’ll be more efficient,” Violante said.

The NSWCPD employs approximately 2,800 civil engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff. The NSWCPD team performs research and development, test and evaluation, acquisition support, and in-service and logistics engineering for non-nuclear machinery, ship machinery systems, and equipment and materials related for Navy surface ships and submarines. The NSWCPD is also the organization responsible for cybersecurity for all ship systems.

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