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05/02/2017

NAWCWD hosts Grosklags for symposium, all-hands

Nevin Hill, left, of the Applied Manufacturing Division, explains the 3-D printing capabilities at NAWCWD while Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, NAVAIR commander, inspects 3-D printed nozzles during his tour of China Lake on April 26.
Nevin Hill, left, of the Applied Manufacturing Division, explains the 3-D printing capabilities at NAWCWD while Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, NAVAIR commander, inspects 3-D printed nozzles during his tour of China Lake on April 26. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert, CTR)
An April 24-26 visit to Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division gave Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander of Naval Air Systems Command, an opportunity to present during the 46th Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium at Point Mugu, visit unique facilities at China Lake and address the workforce through an all-hands discussion.
Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, NAVAIR commander, informs the crowd at NAWCWD China Lake on April 26 of the need to pick up the pace to keep the U.S. Navy first among rapidly increasing global competition.
Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, NAVAIR commander, informs the crowd at NAWCWD China Lake on April 26 of the need to pick up the pace to keep the U.S. Navy first among rapidly increasing global competition. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert, CTR)

Grosklags spoke to Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson’s push for a sense of urgency within the Navy and the need to realize increasing competition.

Vice Admiral Paul Grosklags, right, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, talks with Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, commander of the Navy Warfare Development Command, before the 46th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium in Point Mugu, California.
Vice Admiral Paul Grosklags, right, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, talks with Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, commander of the Navy Warfare Development Command, before the 46th Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium in Point Mugu, California, on April 25. (U.S. Navy photo by Kimberly Brown)

“We, as the United States Navy and Marine Corps, have not had a near-peer competitor for the last 25 years,” Grosklags said. “It is incumbent upon every single one of us to apply critical thinking to our processes, procedures and the way we do business. We’re not in the same game anymore; the dynamic has changed. Ask yourself, ‘Is this this best way I can do this?’ and ‘Is what I’m doing going to make our Sailors and Marines more lethal?’ The fleet absolutely needs you all to be advocates for this.”

Vice Admiral Paul Grosklags, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, speaks during the 46th Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium in Point Mugu, California, on April 25. The event, hosted by Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.
Vice Admiral Paul Grosklags, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, speaks during the 46th Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium in Point Mugu, California, on April 25. The event, hosted by Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division under a co-sponsorship agreement with the Association of Old Crows, brings together industry, academia, and U.S. and allied military representatives to discuss and advance collaboration in electronic warfare development. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Wulfekotte)