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Warfare Innovation Curriculum (WIC) Workshop

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Using tools of user centered design, this annual three-and-a-half-day concept generation workshop facilitates diverse teams of junior officers from NPS and other commands with early career engineers from industry, Navy labs, and academia to generate concepts of employment and risk assessments within a future conflict scenario.

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Next WIC Workshop

September 2020

The next WIC Workshop will be held at the NPS campus in Monterey 21-24 September 2020. Topic TBD, to be set in June 2020.

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Workshop Orientation Video

WIC Workshop Orientation video 2013

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CRUSER Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop 2019

QuickLook Report | Final Report

Background:  Starting in 2009, the NPS warfare innovation workshops have addressed self-propelled semi-submersibles, maritime irregular challenges, undersea weapons concepts and unmanned systems concepts generation. Participants in these workshops are junior officers from NPS, the fleet, and other DoD commands; and early career engineers from Navy laboratories, academia and industry. 

Workshop: Given the design challenge How might advancements in autonomy, machine learning, manned-unmanned teaming, emergent technologies, and unmanned systems be employed to enhance cross-domain operations in highly contested environments to accomplish missions more effectively and/or with less risk?   small teams of junior officers from NPS and the fleet, and early career engineers from Navy labs, academia and industry will propose technologies and employment concepts in scenario based discussions.  Teams will brief their best concepts to sponsors, industry executives, and senior officers on the final morning of the workshop, and these results will be disseminated to fleet commands.

Selected concepts will begin CRUSER’s next Innovation Thread, and members of the CRUSER community of interest will be invited to further develop these concepts in response to the next FY Call for Proposals. Technical members of the CRUSER community of interest will present proposals at a technical continuum gathering such as TechCon  to test these selected concepts of interest in lab or field environments. A final report detailing process and outcomes will be released before the end of the that calendar year to a vetted distribution list of leadership and community of interest members. Results of experimentation will be presented to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) the following summer.

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Past Workshops

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Workshop 2018: Cross-Domain Operations: The impact of Robotics and Autonomy on the future battlespace | Workshop report 

 

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Workshop 2017: Distributed Maritime Operations: Combined, Joint, and Coalition Warfare at Sea | Workshop report 

 

For the following workshops, final reports are available upon request to wiw@nps.edu

 

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Workshop 2016: Developing Autonomy to Strengthen Naval Power

 

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Workshop 2015: Creating Asymmetric Warfighting Advantages

 

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Workshop 2014: Warfighting in the Contested Littorals

 

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Workshop 2013: Distributing Naval Air and Surface Force Capabilities | Undersea Superiority 2050

 

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Workshop 2012: Advancing the Design of Undersea Warfare

 

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Workshop 2011: Revolutionary Concepts from Evolutionary UxS | Future Unmanned Naval Systems Wargame Competition