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07/14/2016

China Lake welcomes UNSECNAV Davidson

Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary for the Navy (second right) walks with Rear Adm. Brian Corey, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, and Joan Johnson, NAWCWD executive director, during a three-hour orientation visit to NAWCWD China
Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary for the Navy (second right) walks with Rear Adm. Brian Corey, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, and Joan Johnson, NAWCWD executive director, during a three-hour orientation visit to NAWCWD China Lake, California, on July 13. This was the undersecretary's first visit since taking office in March. (U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez)
Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary of the Navy, made her first trip to Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake on July 13.   
Joan Johnson, left, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division executive director, talks with Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary for the Navy during a three-hour orientation visit to NAWCWD China Lake, California, on July 13. This was the undersecret
Joan Johnson, left, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division executive director, talks with Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary for the Navy during a three-hour orientation visit to NAWCWD China Lake, California, on July 13. This was the undersecretary's first visit since taking office in March. (U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez)

Hosted by Rear Adm. Brian Corey, NAWCWD commander, and Joan Johnson, NAWCWD executive director, Davidson’s tour primarily took place within the Unmanned Systems Facility and Weapons Integration Laboratory, where she learned about some of the command’s innovative, cutting-edge technologies.   

Nick Quigley, aerospace engineer at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, talks solid fuel ramjet technology with Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary for the Navy during a three-hour orientation visit to NAWCWD China Lake, California, on July 13
Nick Quigley, aerospace engineer at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, talks solid fuel ramjet technology with Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary for the Navy during a three-hour orientation visit to NAWCWD China Lake, California, on July 13. This was the undersecretary's first visit since taking office in March. (U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez)

“We are working towards creative ways to get more testing done and we’re making a lot of progress,” Corey said. “Technology is changing rapidly, but our people are adapting very quickly.”   

Cmdr. Don Brockett, center, unmanned systems military director for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, tours Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary for the Navy (left) through the NAWCWD Weapons Integration Lab during a three-hour orientation vis
Cmdr. Don Brockett, center, unmanned systems military director for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, tours Dr. Janine Davidson, undersecretary for the Navy (left) through the NAWCWD Weapons Integration Lab during a three-hour orientation visit to NAWCWD China Lake, California, on July 13. This was the undersecretary's first visit since taking office in March. (U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez)

Davidson stood among members of NAWCWD’s workforce to examine various unmanned aircraft systems such as the Scan Eagle and Tiger Shark and gain insight into unmanned systems-capable software such as the Standard Payload Management System and developments within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Additional software overviews included the Digital Precision Strike Suite and its flagship product, the Precision Strike Suit for Special Operations Forces, as well as an ongoing Solid Fuel Ramjet project.   

“Our goal is to take a Solid Fuel Ramjet from concept to flight within six months,” said Matt Walker, Airbreathing Propulsion Section head.   “This has been made possible through the use of commercial, off the shelf hardware for much of the design.   When complete, we will demonstrate something that not only provides increased capability, but is safe and cost-effective.”   

Though her visit was brief, Davidson and those accompanying her gained an appreciation and an understanding of the NAWCWD workforce while receiving potential solutions to Navy issues.   

“These guys are really innovative and this is impressive,” said Capt. David McFarland, Special Assistant to the UNSECNAV, when asked his thoughts. “I just want you to know that you guys are doing great work.”