tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN August 6, 2015 9:00pm-11:01pm EDT
foreign policy program here. we've got a wonderful event here today talking about defense technology. and i'm pleased to have a number of members of our national security industrial based working group, from a number of america's greatest companies, thinking about technology innovation across defense and nondefense sectors, and i'll introduce the panelists in just a moment. they represent companies that have been part of our group in an important way for a number of years. in some cases more recently than others, but a lot of expertise on several topics. i'm going to say a brief word of introduction about the panelists and the topic. let me do that first. what we're trying to do is look at a few specific areas of defense technology and innovation. a lot of you have heard of so-called 3d printing or additive manufacturing. we're also going to talk about propulsion technologies which in some ways are, you know, a longstanding interest of the u.s. military, and sort of a
traditional and in some ways old fashioned area of technology, yet one of very rapid and ongoing innovation. very central to the performance of our military forces as well. and we're going to talk about software and the ways in which systems, electronic systems, countermeasure systems that have heavy electronics and i.t. component have to be thought about today, have to be improved. all of this relates clearly to some big themes in defense, budgeting, defense strategy, to what extent is technology changing so fast that we need to emphasize pursuit of a revolution of military affairs perhaps even more than we have been. to what extent do we need to get on top of a new wave of innovation and make sure our adversaries don't do it first. or what extent is this an ongoing evolutionary process and a lot of exciting important things are happening but we don't need to get overly excited or disruptive about our approach to defense resource allocation. and the broadest of all senses
it relates to the sequestration of the defense budget and what's going to happen to some of the innovations we're trying to facilitate or promote if indeed, when congress returns in a few weeks it can't figure out some way to stave off the looming budgetary showdown with the president and the possibility of sequester or even shutdown, which these things are perhaps, in a cosmic sense, they don't look all that horrible to the average observer because it typically involves 5%, 7%, 8% of the defense budget, but the disruption on programs can be much greater than that. whether we get to all those topics or not in the opening, we hope you'll raise some of them in the discussion period. we're going to speak amongst ourselves. i'm going to ask each of the panelists a general question about one of the areas of technology, and we'll talk up here before going to your questions. let me say a bit of a word about each one. sitting next to me is brennan hogan with the logistics management institute.
or lmi. she's going to lead off the discussion of 3d printing and i'll ask her because she's the lead-off hitter to say more to explain what this area of technology is for those of you who don't know, but it's an area that's being touted as a remarkable, important area of innovation that, according to some people, could change everything. because we could produce technologies, manufacture technologies in ways that are entirely different from ever before, relying less on traditional factories. to what extent that's partly hype, to what extent that's real, to what extent it applies to more areas than others, she'll help us understand. as will jim joyce, who will speak after her and is seated immediately to her right. and he is with deloitte and has spent a great deal helping the department of defense think through how to take advantage of opportunities from additive manufacturing, again, in realistic ways. this is not future talk we're going to do up here for the most
part. maybe a little bit of that. we're trying to think practically about what can dod do in the short to medium term to take advantage of these areas of changing technology. just to the right of jim joyce will be dave logan from bae. another outstanding defense company. and he is going to talk about software and information technology and countermeasures. he's sort of going to be the electronics guy, and i'll look to him to explain how he explains this area, what part of the defense budget and sector he's most focused on and what he recommends. and finally, jimmy kenyan, to my far right, with pratt and whitney. he'll talk about engine and propulsion technology and also, our bryce harper of the team, have a chance to say whatever else he thinks needs to be done to clear the bases and get ready for your questions as we try to preserve the lead that the nationals enjoy in the american
league east and america enjoys in defense technology but neither lead is safe if we get complacent. that's the general framing. thank you for your indulgence as i went through a bit of background. now i would like to begin with brennan and really ask her not only to help us understand what 3d printing or additive manufacturing is, but to help us understand what its realistic prospects are in the short to medium term for helping the department of defense. over to you. >> absolutely. so first of all, thank you very much, mike, for having me. it's wonderful to be here today. beautiful day outside. luckily not too humid. and i appreciate all the baseball analogies. i'm sure we can keep those going. quick, to baseline, additive manufacturing is not a new technology. it's been around for over 30 years. there have been numerous organizations both in the private and public sector that have been using it. for those of you that aren't familiar, though in the audience, how many of you have
gone to build sand castles at the beach? either recently or in the past. a few of you. okay. so you can build a sand castle two ways. you can either fill up the bucket with sand and then put it down and then row have parts of the sand castle or an entire sand castle if you have a big bucket. the other way is you can put sand and water into a bucket and then slowly drip it, a drip castle effect. layer by layer. at the end, you have two castles. they're similar in structure, but they have different make-up and their components are a little different but basically the same. that is what additive manufacturing is to subtractive manufacturing. your old way of making a sand castle and a new way. with that, what we're looking at at lmi is we understand the dod, especially their logistics and supply chain, and one of the things we recognize is just because a new technology can provide a service like printing new things doesn't mean it necessarily should provide that service. so we're trying to help the department of defense understand
at the strategic and policy level what are all the implications of applying this technology. and it's not just making sure that you have the machines to print the material or to print the actual parts. it's not just making sure you have material that is chemically able to produce the part and make it the strength and the heat indices that you need, but it's what are the training and workforce implications of it. what are the policy implications? what are the standards you need to apply? how are you going to assure quality? how are you going to test these parts? do you test all of them? one of them? some of them? do you test them in the field? do you test them before they get to the field? what are the implications on essentially turning the supply chain on its head? and our traditional supply chain, you have the parts that are manufactured and then you send them to the depot and they go on to a piece of machinery or the field. with additive manufacturing, they have started, the army has started deploying the technology so you can meet the need where it is in the field. does that work, though? and what are the skills that you
need in the workforce that is doing that in the field? so there are a lot of different implications. another key area is the security piece of it. so if you have -- if you are printing parts using additive manufacturing, you have to have 3d data. the department of defense does not own all the data for their parts. a lot is 2d. what is the conversion process? is it worth it, and then who owns the data? is it the department, the oems, someone else in between, and how does that all fit together? then the cybersecurity aspect, we're all familiar with that. so if you have all of this data out there, that can produce critical parts to key pieces of machinery or components, how do you secure that so it doesn't fall into the wrong hands? so, that in a very quick nutshell is what we're doing and looking at and how we're trying to help the departments think through the actual application of the technology, whether or not it's disruptive and whether or not that disruption is effective. >> let me ask you one quick follow-up question and a segue
to jim. thank you for that background. and by the way, oem, original equipment manufacturer. >> sorry. so many acronyms. >> we're going to try to connect, as brennan did very well, some of the very innovative technology areas to practical conversation. so let me ask how much of the dod budget could realistically wind up in the additive manufacturing realm let's say by 2020? just to be clear, we all know that the procurement budget for the department of defense today is about $100 billion a year. the research development test and evaluation budget is around $70 billion, and the parts of the operations and maintenance budget that are involved with spare parts and things that involve purchases of hardware is around $30 billion so we're talking about $200 billion
a year enterprise. is additive manufacturing so revolutionary that we're going to see tens of billions of dollars produced in additive manufacturing in the next few years, or is it a much more modest incremental effect? >> i would not venture to guess a number. i'm not quite comfortable doing that yet, but the most effective way to apply the technology is in a modest, incremental way. one of the ways we're helping doa, the defense logistics agency, and they supply all of the parts to all of the services. hundreds of thousands of parts every day. some of those are very, very high in demand. some are low in demand. some you don't even need. you might need to replace a part every 10 or 15 years. at that point, the original manufacturer may not have the tooling to create that part. so there is a need or a potential use for additive manufacturing, but we're trying to determine where it might be most effectively applied. where we think -- and this is a
project we're working with doa on now, is evaluating which parts can be produced with additive manufacturing and still actually have the same functionality they originally had, and with that, is the demand signal appropriate to print those parts? so, and then, again, do you have the data? can you actually print it? do you have the type of material and machines and 3d process to get the part that you need at the end? so i think that our recommendation is that it is a modest incremental and more of a 10, 15, 20-year timeframe, but there are a significant amount of parts in the hundred thousand range you could potentially print if you go through this whole process of evaluating the application of it. >> excellent. jim, if i could turn things over to you to pick up where we are in the conversation, and with one ongoing question, how big of a deal is this? and what's going to happen over the next 10 to 20 years as we see 3d printing come into its heyday.
>> i would qualify it as an incremental deal for right now. but i would qualify my qualification by saying a couple things to bear in mind. the first is that the next hot toy at christmas in the next two to three years is additive manufacturing. and sort of democratization of the ability to manufacture things. the breaking of the tyranny of scale of capital machinery and people in manufacturing will be the basis of the profound revolution. it won't be such a technical revolution as a logistic revolution, and additive technology is a chief factor in that, and that's going to break the tyranny of scale. now, what turns the spigot on? what's that hurdle we have to get over in additive manufacturing before we can unlock the sort of logistical revolution? it's really part certification.
so if i make a part on my machine, can i replicate that process in all its detail and result on another machine and be sure that i did it? can i predict what the finite attributes and functional characteristics of that part are before i make it, and then when i send it somewhere else to be made. once you crack the code, and it has been cracked for some materials but not a lot of other ones, you really unleash this technology. why it will be propelled is because it's a cost-saver, number one. and number two, it transfers resources from the tail to the teeth. so as an analog, i would say the industrial revolution essentially tethers maneuver units to an industrial base. railroads, pretty significant supply chains, roads, et cetera. if you go preindustrial revolution and you look at the
way a ship of a line operated in the napoleanic navy, it essentially once it was at sea, if it had a good carpenter and a good metal worker, could stay at sea indefinitely, making ports and calls to pick up material to repair the ship, modifying the ship, transforming its abilities. in fact, when a new captain took over a ship, it was the first thing they did was talk to the carpenter, redid the rigging and sails to try to get more speed out of it. so what additive manufacturing starts to do is it breaks that tether to a heavy industrial base required to support maneuver units. how does it do that? well, if you look at a machine shop aboard a ship, a field repair depot, they have a certain envelope of capabilities that they currently have to
manufacture and repair things. what additive manufacturing does, supported by other technologies, is it greatly increases that envelope because you're working more from raw material than you are from already fabricated parts that you have to predict their consumption, have them on hand, carry them. so the revolution comes when you can certify the result of the additive manufacturing on a repetitive basis. it comes because of the logistical pressure. it takes off newer units, but it also comes because in an environment of constrained resources, you're likely to see innovation going on in the way that it used to be done, again, which is with maneuver units in the field. for example, with additive manufacturing, many of the socom will deploy with it and they've
come up with a number of innovations that includes things like the bone to keep antennas apart. field hospitals needing unique equipment to treat wounds, printing specialized clamps and surgical guides to take care of those as well. so you've got this logistical component to it, this innovation component which is really, i think, tremendous. and there are sort of first derivatives of both of those, which is there's this notion of hacker. so i have been around for a while, and i can remember cutting down grenade launchers and putting pistol grips on them so they could be used as a sidearm. that sort of innovation, all of a sudden, not only has a much wider capability of manufacturing options, but also through social media and
communication, can be spread a lot more quickly. so i think you'll see a lot of innovations start to come from the units themselves and bubble up that way. >> so let me follow up with you with one quick question before i go to the next subject and with dave. you emphasized in a very vivid way, very helpful way, the benefit for expeditionary units of additive manufacturing. is that the primary benefit? or are we also going to see traditional manufacturers here at home move in this direction just because they can somehow make something more economically, more flexibly with less tooling in their factory, or is that whole set of changes going to be more gradual than the benefits to the expeditionary units. >> that change is going to be more gradual. simply because manufacturing accounting systems work against additive manufacturing. the way you can equate the
benefits of additive manufacturing runs contrary to the way a lot of traditional manufacturers calculate economics. they have to take a broader perspective to it. what i think will happen is you'll see the rise of innovative individuals and companies that are producing, beginning with obsolete parts, and then frankly going into mainstream parts as we start to sort out what is protected, what isn't protected legally. and manufacturing increasingly becomes a commodity where folks can just get in. they don't need as much money. they can set up a very capable machine shop and manufacture things that traditionally were done by very large defense companies. so i see that change coming as a result of internal competitive pressures within the defense industry as opposed to an evolution or revolution in how large companies act. >> thank you. and dave, if i could go to you.
you're going to now bring to the discussion a little different area of technology, but of course, jim and brennan before have been talking about how additive manufacturing is really part of a broader set of changes, and so maybe you can help connect what you're going to talk about to what we have been discussing. i know you've got the whole i.t. software and adaptive software world and subject matter to address. please help us understand that, a little introduction and how you see the opportunities going forward. >> sure. so i think that many of the motivations for these adaptive, sometimes called cognitive software systems, share a similar inspiration. we want to be able to reduce the cycle times, we want to provide capability much more quickly than we have had to in the past. in the past, we were able to analyze, for example, threats that are out there in design systems that give us a competitive advantage. work through our acquisition cycles and get out there with some of that advantage
preserved. based on the time constants. our adversaries are increasingly migrating to commercial technologies. like us, they're moving away from intensive exquisite kind of hardware solutions and driving more of the content in these weapons systems into software, which makes them inherently more agile. so we're doing similar kinds of things, right? if you look at radio systems, if you look at electronic warfare systems, we're getting digital closer and closer to the front end of the systems. we're also investing in sort of all the buzz words you hear about modular architecture and spiral development. but that's only going to get us so far. we're still going to get to the point where we are fielding capabilities that are going to run up against environments, threats, that are ill characterized at the time of design. and so the thought here is that you architect systems that, you
know, draw from the cognitive kind of analogy here where they have an ability to sense the environment. maybe i'll motivate this for the communications example. so if you were to take a radio of 15 or 20 years ago and crack the lid, even a radio like you have at home, what you would find is circuits, transistors, ics in there. if you were to look at the state of the art radios today, most of the functionality that they provide, actually lives in the software. software-defined radios. and so we have the ability to upgrade them over time very quickly. but when we put one of those out in the field and maybe we get exposed to interference that we didn't anticipate, the desire and the potential of things like cognitive learning is to go out and figure out mitigation strategies in realtime. hence the environment, explore options within the trade space
of the as design system to configure it in different ways and be able to mitigate that interference whether it's from an adversary's jammer or whether it's just environmental interference that you're running up against, and learn over time which approaches actually work. and do that in mission time as opposed to acquisition time. so this is, you know, probably falls broadly under the umbrella of autonomy and some of the key areas of investment that the dod is pursuing. we're applying that across many of our products in our portfolio. the radio example is one example that is real. and the idea there is that we can come to the field with systems that are inherently adaptable. most of that adaptation right now we see occurring in the software base. you can build systems that characterize the environment,
understand how they can operate in different configurations and optimize their configuration in realtime. but you could think about taking that same kind of design pattern and asking, is the limiting factor on the performance of the system an algorithm or configuration, or might it be, again to the radio example, might it be the antenna we're actually using? that was designed much earlier. if it is the limiting factor, then we can look to things like potentially additive manufacturing to be able to rapidly prototype, potentially even in field situations, alternatives that we could then integrate into the system and allow the cognitive processing to figure out how to better exploit a more tailored version, for example, of that antenna. >> so this sounds like a realm of activity that could influence a large fraction of dod's systems in the field today, even though it may not -- i'm trying to, as you know, simplify by using the amount of dollars at stake as one of my metrics for the conversation to help unify the different themes.
it sounds like you're talking about the wide array of systems that bae and other companies manufacture. so the software and electronics guts of most of our advanced weapons today are the realm of discussion here. >> yeah, as i said earlier, increasingly, the amount of content is driving towards the software content. there's no magic bullet in the sense that, you know, with that adaptation you inherit other challenges you have to address. how you make sure the systems as they're adapting in the field continue to provide the behaviors and performance you want. so there are some issues that still need to be resolved, the predictability of the performance, the stability of the performance, those kinds of things. when we're in an environment where our adversaries are able to increase their cycle times or decrease their cycle times very quickly, we need to respond just
as quickly. >> could i ask, too, one more question that occurs to me, as i hear you explain this subject is the difficulty of writing good software for modern weapons systems. the complexity is what you're talking about a partial response or solution to that in the sense that are you -- maybe i'm getting it wrong, but it sounds like you're talking about an ability to continually modify and adapt and therefore not be locked into the system you started with. that could be beneficial if your adversary did things you didn't anticipate, and it could be beneficial if you made mistakes in the original incarnation, i don't mean bae, but in general, if there were software problems or other problems, that we could fix them more easily as we discover them in the field. is that a fair -- >> i think what we see is many of the software challenges we find today are complex systems that need to be implemented. i don't see it as a technology that's going to make our software better than our coding disciplines, but there is often a challenge associated with how well we have characterized the
objectives or the desired performance. at some point, we have to lock that down. today, that's locked down in a fairly ridged kind of way. i see this as an opportunity for us to have a broader ability to adapt perhaps to environments we couldn't perfectly anticipate. >> thank you. jimmy, pratt & whitney, very important engine manufacturers across the defense and civilian sectors in the united states and the world today. you know as much about engines as anybody. you're kindly offering to help us understand trends in engines and propulsion. i'll turn it over to you. thank you. >> thanks. it builds on what we have heard already. as an engine manufacturer, that's what we do, we make jet engines. we use things like software, and we work on how we improve our software, make our software more
adaptive. we look at techniques like additive manufacturing and how we can make our jet engines faster and better and less expensive. but at the end of the day, we also see this adaptability, if you will, rolled up at a higher level. but i think to really understand it and to put it in context, i want to talk a little bit about defense strategy. what we're looking at is in 2012, the dod released what was at the time a very new and different defense strategy that called for, among other things, a smaller, more agile, more flexible, more technologically advanced force. and now even as we're transitioning toward the third offset strategy, we see a lot of consistent themes there as the department tries to get more and more out of the systems that it buys and fields. we're seeing the same thing in propulsion, in jet engines for aviation. and that's important. if you follow along, of course, i do jet engines because i love the thrill of the roar when the jet engine goes.
but it is a bedrock of our national military strategy, and really part of how we do power projection around the world. and aviation has advanced tremendously over the years, but every really significant breakthrough we've had in aviation, especially in tactical military aviation, has been built upon an advancement in propulsion technology. right now, as a result of investment in the strategy, we're on the cusp of another breakthrough with the introduction of adaptive engines. so what do i mean by an adaptive engine? let me give you an analogy, a timely analogy. if you watched the tour de france, you have watched cyclists from around the world trying to negotiate a 3,300-kilometer course across france. widely varied terrain, sometimes it's flat, sometimes it's hilly, sometimes it's plain old mountainous, and all of these guys have the same goal, which is to get there first.
to get there first, they have to be efficient because they have to sustain themselves and their bikes 3,300 kilometers. that's a long way. how do they do that? well, they manage, if you will, the gears on their bicycles. they change the gears. they optimize the performance of the bicycle and the performance of themselves to adapt to whatever the terrain offers wherever they are on the course. and that's how they make it work. they do it obviously at a level that we can't, but that's a different discussion. we're trying to do effectively the same thing in jet engines. and we're partnered right now with the air force on a major program called aetd or the adaptive engine technology development program. traditionally, a jet engine consists of two main streams of air. you have a core stream, which goes kind of through the center of the engine, and its primary purpose, it produces thrust, but it's to power the rest of the engine. then you have bypass.
that's really what produces trust. when you design an engine, it's a single point design. you say what is the most stressing requirement i have to meet, you make sure the engine meets it, and everywhere else, you take a penalty, usually in efficiency. it means range, pay load, fuel burn, all those sorts of things. what we're doing in this adaptive engine program is introducing a third stream of air that we can modulate, and by modulating it, i can adapt or optimize my performance no matter what the flight conditions are. and by doing that, i get tremendous improvements in overall mission capability, mission flexibility, range, payload capability overall. it's a big deal to be able to do this. now, that doesn't come without challenges, as you can imagine. adaptive engines aren't new. we have been doing it a long time. we invented or re-created the j-58 in 1958, really the world's first adaptive engine, and the reason we did that is so that
airplane could take off mach zero taking off and propel to incredible flight speeds sustained above mach three. more recently, we're getting ready to fuel the f-35. if you are watching that, you know the marine corps version the f-35b is able to operate in conventional flight as well as transition into a short takeoff and vertical landing mode. what happens when you make that transition, you introduce profound changes in how the engine operates, but the engine adapts to that. by adapting to that, is able to seamlessly accommodate the changes in what it's doing. today, what's different about what we're doing is where you look at those two programs or those two engines, they were meant to adapt to specific parts of flights whereas this aetd program adapts everywhere. so it adapts across the flight envelope and really gives you
the full benefit of efficiency throughout. you can maximize the capability of your airplane. it has a lot of technology challenges. we had some design and architect challenges. we have a constrained configuration. it must be three strains and fit in a certain size. by doing that, it forces some tradeoffs you might have to make. we're pushing the envelope on temperature. we have technical challenges on how we work on the materials and codings and things to withstand the temperatures. we have challenges in software. we have to work on the software. challenges in manufacturing. some of the parts are very complex. they require some new ways to make components, and we evaluate those, and in the bigger scheme, we evaluate all sorts of advanced manufacturing techniques including additive manufacturing. and then, of course on top of all the technical challenges, we're doing this in a time where we have tight budgets and a lot of things going on in terms of acquisition policies and procedures.
but we're being very successful. we're being very successful. the program overall is proceeding well. our design is proceeding well. we're projected to meet all of our performance goals and cost targets and those sorts of things. on top of that, we are right now working with the air force to plan the next program, the adaptive engine transition program, or aetp if you like those acronyms. that's a $2 billion investment by the air force with ourselves and ge to develop and mature these designs even further. the reason i mention is that it underscores the importance of this technology going forward. and as a recognition of the importance of adaptive technology at the how do i make things work level all the way up to the system level as part of this overall defense strategy. it's really exciting. there are a lot of great things going on between adaptive, additive manufacturing, adaptive software, and how these play into the systems we field, and i
think we're on the cusp of really big breakthroughs that are part of the defense strategy that emerged just a few years ago. >> thank you. this sets up, i have one more broad question. maybe a couple of smaller derivatives of that. i would like to broaden the scope. you have done a great job of explaining a certain number of specific technology areas, but i would like to ask you to reflect on what it all means in terms of the overall character of defense innovation today. are we in a period of revolutionary change? are we in a period where there are a lot of exciting things in various specific domains but they add up to sort of more or less continuous rapid evolution? that's going to have implications on how to think about the defense budget, whether we should be fundamentally rethinking how we allocate resources, whether we should be -- you mentioned the third offset. and to explain, this is the idea that now at this day and age, we need to think about how to take advantage of our technology areas of excellence just as we
did with nuclear weapons in the early cold war period, just as we did with so-called air/land battle and precision strike in the late cold war and desert storm period. the third offset would ask to what extent can be do the same kind of thing with the rise of china and iran and cruise missiles and other kinds of threats to our systems and take advantage of a lot of the things we're hearing about today to give america yet another leap forward in technology excellence. maybe you would define it differently. i'm going to invite you to in a second. but the question really, and i would like to just work down the panel on this and ask anybody who wants to venture an opinion, how do you think about where we are today in 2015 in defense innovation? you know, viewed in broad historical sweep. is this a period of revolutionary change or is this a period of sort of important but evolutionary change that's more or less continuous with what we have been seeing in the past? new things are constantly happening, but the pace of change is similar to what's been the case in the past? so i'm not sure if that's, you
know, an overly philosophical question, but it has real world implications. that's why i'm putting it on the table. i'll turn it over to you, my friend. >> i think that if we think about just generally the way technology has evolved in the last ten years, you think of the invention of the telephone and how we have gotten to smartphones but then the invention of the cell phone and what we have gotten to today with handheld computers in our pockets. things are moving at a much quicker pace than they did since the industrial revolution. the other part of it is that i think there is a recognition that with all of the problems that the defense department is facing with constrained resources, transitional workforce, you have a great deal of people who are retiring. there's a knowledge transfer issue. you also are faced with new threats abroad. the changing landscape of foreign policy, national security, isis, rogue foreign states, all of that. you can't just throw technology
at the problem. that's not the solution. it's not -- you can't throw money at the problem, you also can't throw technology at the problem. i think that there is the potential for revolutionary change. for it to be most effective, it should be a careful and thoughtful and considered evolution and it should take into consideration from a strategic level, all of the implications across how you support the war fighter and how you support the mission and how the new technologies whether it be new jet engines or adaptive software or additive manufacturing or nanotechnology or different ways of securing our cybersystems and how you do those in a way that is actually considerate to the mission you're trying to support and the new threats that you see both internally and externally. so i think there is definitely a potential for revolutionary change. but in order for it to be considerate, it should be an evolutionary change. >> so the revolution might be
what you get when you look in the rear-view mirror but it's not the goal you set out initially? you don't try to make a revolution. >> things like what jim was talking about, one of the key factors where it might be revolutionary with additive manufacturing is the innovation aspect. when you deploy a machine in the field and have the capability at the point of need, so at an outpost base or depot or on an aircraft carrier or on a submarine or in the international space station and you can actually create things that you didn't already have, because you have realized that you have a need for them and they didn't exist in the supply chain and now you have this new technology so that you can create them and use them right away, i think that's where the revolution could potentially come from. that's where we see the greatest potential currently. i think the evolutionary change for things like determining which parts out of the hundreds of thousands of parts doa provides to the services are the ones they're actually going to additively manufacture is more
of an evolutionary change. >> jim, if i could turn to you for the same question, where do you see the current pace and character of defense innovation in the united states today? >> i would characterize it as we're on an evolutionary path. but we better get on to a revolutionary one. there are structural impediments within the procurement process, within the funding process, within the way we look at r&d, that really keep us from the speed and scope of innovation, this potential is there. that's been recognized among certain corporations that ge, for example, saw that their household products were taking too long to develop. that they didn't really exactly fit what customers wanted, so they set up what's called a hacker space, which is a combo of a playpen of machines for people to try and innovate.
you'll see these dotted around major cities now. so there is a sort of democratization of ideas, of manufacturing capabilities, innovation that is really what is driving the next wave in the commercial economy, and the revolution will come, i believe, on the defense side when they start to tap into that. and the best ideas can come from anywhere. so one of the ways that i talk about it is, i spend a large part of my earlier life disagreeing with people who thought the worker should control the means of production. now, the workers do control the means of production, and we have to recognize that and unleash that. so that the best ideas, the innovation, the adaptability isn't coming through traditional hierarchical organizations and
structures. it's coming up through a bubbling up of these new innovative very free-flowing ideas, and oddly enough, as i work with these hackers, one of the things that comes up consistently is a lot of them are former military. usually from some kind of a socom background where the value of just getting stuff done is extremely high. so i think we're on a path which is evolutionary. i think we need to get on one which is revolutionary. and i believe that comes when we start to relook at the way we're fairly hierarchical and rigid in the way we innovate and procure. and that needs to change if we are to really take advantage of the potential of the country's economy and the people. >> and this raises the subject of acquisition reform which is something congress is trying to work on this year so i hope we come back to that later in the discussion.
in the meantime, dave, same question to you, how do you describe the nature in broad historical perspective. >> i think there is an opportunity and a compelling need for us to accelerate the way we are driving new capabilities, leveraging the technology. but the challenge is we need to be more deliberate around the way we are experimenting with the technology in the hands of the war fighters. and the dialogues i'm having with the leadership in the dod, there is a renewed sort of enthusiasm around taking emergent technology and the war fighters getting them together putting that recipe together and doing some experimentation. we're trying to figure out, what does the potential of the technology hold? but in many ways the technology like myself, i don't anticipate how they want to use it. they are far better ways of using that i can conceive.
it is this brainstorming process that allow you to adopt the evolution of the technology the evolution of the techniques and technology that you're going to employ and the capability to feed that back in the acquisition process. and basically tighten up that cycle time. so it is a thought around the co-evolution of the solution where the technology and the war fighters are working together through experiments to drive new capability out into the field. >> do you have an example of the kind of thing you could be talking about, just a practical way to think about it? >> yeah. a good example of that. so one of the other areas of technology is multisensor fusion of data where you take feeds of data from radar, imaging sensors, all kinds of different sensors and bring those together.
and typically the technologists will want to wring every ounce of information out of the sensors we have there. and what we find when we engage more strategically with the operators is -- first of all, that is a fairly attractable problem, to try to get all of that information out of every sensor all of the time everywhere, right? but there is this nice sort of positive feedback when working with the operators, they don't think about the problems that way, they think about areas where they need more information and less information and tips and cues from one area to the other. and it drives a different thought process around how you architect things when your customer, the war fighters here, visualize and conceptualize the environment differently than where the technologists would go which would maximize sort of everything in the capability.
>> and listening to you two, i thought of armed drones. because armed drones were something that the air force didn't want to do a lot with in the traditional period of the 1990s and it took a war environment which was sort of the real world version of experimentation and evaluating war fighter need to push first the cia really and then ultimately the air force and the services to overcome the bureaucratic resistance to think creatively to bring together technol gists with the far fighters. but we're not going to have as much fighting to do, god willing, in the next five, ten or 15 or however many number of years so we have the innovation without the war time push. is that a fair example? >> i think that is a good example. >> and jimmy, same question to you. but let me precede it with one vignette from an event we had here in april with bill and
frank kendall. frank kendall is the undersecretary for technology and logistic and bill lynn the former secretary of defense and now ceo frank went first and i asked him how would you evaluate the strength of the american acquisition system today and he said it is good. we make the best weapons in the world. and i would say it is a b-plus, maybe an a-minus. obviously he is pushing reform, and i'm not saying he's complacent but he thought we were doing well. and bill lynn got up and said i agree with secretary kendall for major platforms and maybe for engines. he didn't say that but i'm surmising that is what he's thinking about. but i don't think we do well with electronics, where adaptive software might be relevant and on that kind of a thing we need the revolutionary reform.
so i'm blending here and paraphrasing. but to put the question to you, is it fair, because we're hearing a couple of different things, this is a period of rapid innovation in some sectors and it should be even faster, but you're talking about ongoing improvements in propulsions your company has been doing for decades. that strikes me as impressive but not more rapid than five, ten, 15 years ago. so help me understand, is the pace of innovation fast paced in some areas and slower in others and how should we think about this holistically? >> i would argue that -- would argue that the potential for revolutionary advancement is absolutely there. and i think we've heard that already with some of the things we've talked about. where we are though is we have an acquisition system that is ill suited to deal with that. why? and you can assume it up in one word and that is complexity. all of the things we talked about this morning introduce complexity and other things that introduce complexity.
we heard about the various things you can do with additive manufacturing. how do you manage that strategic strategically that adds complexity to it. everybody would argue the more software, the more complex and therefore software means complexity. the engines we're talking about are more complex. and when you look at all of these things together and in a whole myriad of other technologies and other things we're doing it adds complexity. and add to that globalization of of the industrial base. globalization of the structural base and the customer base and these various things. all of that adds complexity. add to that many of the new threats and things that are moving at different paces around the world. that all adds complexity. and when you put all of this together and then, oh, by the way, add the budget environment we're in and the uncertainty of funding from year to year and the uncertainty of requirements
from year to year, that all adds complexity. and what happens, as you begin to add complexity, we have a system that doesn't handle complexity very well. it is very risk averse in that sense. and why? because these things cost money. and these things cost taxpayer money which the department is trying very, very hard to manage as effectively as it can. but what that does, it adds a risk aversion into the acquisition process that makes it hard to introduce some of these more complex but much more revolutionary capabilities very rapidly. we have no tolerance for failure. we have a system that is more willing to tolerate a budget increase than a performance shortfall. and we just keep adding this and adding this and so things take longer and they cost more and as a consequence we end up, instead of getting the revolutionary things out there more quickly, we take more risk averse approaches and go for off the
shelf type of approaches because they are theoretically less risky, and we take more incremental approaches because i have more confidence that i'll get there. but even at that, i end up taking longer and costing more because of the complexity of what we're dealing with. >> thank you. and that's going to lead -- i have one question derivative of that before we go to all of you, and it does relate to the ongoing acquisition of reform as it's being considered on capitol hill. this will give a chance for anybody who wants to weigh in a to do so. 's it's been explained to me, one way to think about the debate on capitol hill and why the problem is hard to solve there as well as for the broader defense community is that there are at least two competing ways to think about the number one priority of acquisition policy, and one is to make sure that the taxpayer doesn't get ripped off and we minimize any kind of potential for the $600 hammers of the chuck spending days of the 1990s and we want as much oversight to make sure that
doesn't happen and another strand says if you do that, you'll have so much regulation and so much dead weight sitting over corporate america that it's not -- a lot of companies aren't even going to want to work for dod and those that do are going to spend most of their creative juices figuring out how to comply with regulations rather than designing new technology. i think i just heard you said that you would probably concur with the school of thought that says we better be careful about overregulating and -- and overmonitoring, not that we're trying toencourage a lax environment, but if we put too much regulation and too much restriction on companies they will fail to innovate so i want to make sure i heard you right and give you a chance to see where you stand with acquisition reform today and then work down panel for others comments. >> well, mike i think the truth is somewhere in between. i think if you deregulate too much you do run the risk of the taxpayer getting ripped off. i like to think certainly on behalf of my own company, but i like to think most defense
contractors, are very mindful of -- of their responsibilities to our ultimate customer the war fighter and the american people. we take that commitment very seriously, but by the same token we don't always agree on a business basis with what our customer wants to do and that's a natural thing that's going to occur in any sort of relationship like that but that being said you clearly don't want to create -- the government has a responsibility to the taxpayer to be fair and to be transparent. you have to do that. now the question becomes how can you do that but at the same time give industry the flexibility to do what they need to do. i don't know that there's a good answer which is why acquisition reform has been a buzzword for decades and continues to be something that we continue to strive for and continue to struggle with. but i would say that that's probably the hard problem of the century, but nevertheless it's something we have to strive to
get better. there is a balance there. there is a balance between letting industry innovate and letting industry take responsibility and put goods into the hands of the war fighter that meet the war fighters nodes and making sure that the responsibility of the taxpayer is upheld. >> so before i go dave, let me just follow up with a very specific question. is there one word -- base on your current understanding of where congress has left this debate, as it's leaving town now, july 31st, 2015. is there one word of advice you would give them to push this process to the next realistic level knowing we're not going to have a silver bullet we're hot going to solve it once and for all and based on where you think the understanding is right now, one word of advice you would like to provide. >> understand the difference between business and government, and in understanding the difference between business and government, understand that you can't run government as a business, and you can't run business like a government. and if you can understand the differences between the two and draw the differences between the two, that helps to settle that relationship. >> thank you. >> dave, any thoughts on acquisition reform policy where
we should be going with that? >> i think likewise we take our responsibility there very seriously, as most of our peers do. i think it's also it's about balance, right? and either extreme you get the kinds of behaviors that none of us want, right? so in addition to finding where that right balance is there, i think we also need to step back and reflect a little bit on the kind of acquisition objectives that we want to have as we see the cycle times and the kind of technologies coming in all right? being able to acquire things that, you know, incrementally add capability over time, right? it's a different kind of acquisition that you do there. and so in addition to kind of getting that set point right, you know, and we have a joint responsibility with our customers to help make that happen, it's also sort of reflecting a little bit more on how these incremental enhancements help us with our budget pressures help us get capabilities into the hands of the war fighters more quickly,
but there's challenges associated with how you acquire those kinds of systems. >> and where does that have to happen? where's the number one roadblock now? is it in existing law? is it in the culture of the military services? is it in the nature of the acquisition work force? i'm sure you're going to say it's a little bit of all of the above, but if there's one community, one part of the process that's most in need of fixing today or innovation, what would that be in your mind? >> yeah, i think it is, and a little bit in all of those areas there. i think, that you know technology and the future capabilities that don't necessarily respect the organizational constructs that we have right now so increasingly, you know technology is forcing us to think about acquiring things that involve you know, varied stakeholders in ways that we haven't had to bring them together in the past. it's just the way it is and so part of it is just the communication across folks, both in industry and in government that form that stakeholder community that have not
regularly actually been working to acquire those kinds of systems. >> jim, you called for more revolutionary change. do you see a way to make that happen, to catalyze that in the context of this conversation? >> i think we just heard a million dollar comment here which is that the technology doesn't respect the current kind of organizational structures and the way that it was adapted, so i don't know when i, you know could you have a pretty good argument about what era our procurement system harkens back to and some people would say it's a civil war essentially model. and -- and it's about mass and resources. well, we need a procurement system which isn't about mass. we need one that's about the adaptability and knowledge continent effectiveness of what we're procuring and to do that what we really need to do is look at the procurement system not so much in terms of whether we have enough regulation to protect the taxpayer or not or,
you know, are we acquiring the right weapons systems. we should look at it in terms of how do we widen the base of the sources and the resources being uses for developing and delivering these systems? so when i talk to some of the leading folks on -- in private industry about their technology and how it's being used by the department of defense, they repeatedly say to me, you know, there are a lot of folks out there, folks like the chinese, that are much better at taking innovation wherever it is and effectively militarizing it and bringing it in. so i think our system is some ways archaic procurement. it's about acquiring large capital expenditures. it's not driven by innovation or
adapt adaptability, so if i were, you know to counsel the folks who are going home on vacation i might tell them not to come back but i would also -- but i would also say the game's changed here okay? it's not about massing resource and allocating budget. it's about accessing the full continuum of innovation and effectively militarizing it as required. you know, ultimately their responsibility is not around protecting taxpayer money or executing big programs. it's about winning. and a lot of folks in private industry will say, transition civilian technology or technology wherever it is and into military use, we're losing our lead on that and just because of the sheer weight and the wrong model. the model doesn't respect the
technology. >> so brennan over to you for any thoughts that you got, but i guess one question that occurs to me, you know, is the glass half full or half empty because we've got contending themes in our conversation, not really debates one person against another, but there are themes that are saying, you know we're making the best stuff in the world. we've got the best stuff in the world. we're doing interesting things ais cross the domains that you all have been discussing this morning and at the same time we're bureaucratized and we oscillate and don't innovate really well during peacetime. do you have a bottom view of whether the glass is half full or half empty? >> that's actually a perfect segue because i was trying to think of one word that i would apply and i think it's two words and i would counsel congress on being realistically optimistic which is a way of life that i try to ascribe to. you can't have everything all of the time and you can't think that everything is going to be going well all of the time but you can be realistic about the potential, and i think that all
of the organizations that we represent, we really do have the taxpayer in mind, and there seems to be a struggle between those of the current leadership on the hill and their understanding of what the industrial base is trying to do, and whether or not they have actually the war fighters' best needs in mind. lmi was founded because secretary mcnamara recognized the need that somebody outside of the pentagon needed to look at the logistics issues facing the military 50 years ago and see it in a different light and try and solve those complex problems and we have since continued to support that mission, and one of the things that we continue to try to do is look at innovation as a atto support the mission constantly. there's a great sfrirt not to get philosophical but i will, in this country of entrepreneurship and innovation and that is what will drive the potential solution and the potential evolution and revolutionary opportunities that there is, and i think that trusting that
entrepreneurial and innovative spirit is actually going to be okay and if you fail and at least fail forward and learn from those mistakes, it is an accurate and efficient investment in the technology then it's all worth, it and the process and the structure, as everyone -- as the gentlemen to my right have recognized it does not facilitate that process. it ties up the process to the people who might actually have the solutions don't even want to participate so i would counsel congress to be optimistically realistic about the future and to have a little bit more trust in the private sector and bringing these technologies to bear on public sector problems. >> one follow-up in. what way is the congress not trusting private sector enough right now, because it pushes dod to use the traditional bureaucratized regulated methods of procure president and needs to encourage congress to take advantage of the federal code and the options for commercial
acquisition style you know of procurement? mean, what's a specific way in which congress gets in the way? >> think that the acquisition proses is so cumbersome and the requirements don't actually meet the needs of what things are being proposed so a lot of times the questions that come out and the problems that are trying to be solved, if there's a new way of solving them there isn't a recognition that you have to look at it and evaluate it in a new light. you're trying to apply old regulations and old acquisition policy to new solutions and there isn't -- there's a disconnect between how you do it. and there is also i think sometimes a fear of the unknown. if you don't have all of the answers at the beginning or if -- if the evaluation process isn't educated enough for the individual evaluators that are part of the acquisition process don't understand it, instead of asking questions again and again to better educate the acquisition policy process there is a fear and just a shutdown of the process so i
think it's just the general purksypurk sy and jimmy said it, i would characterize it more of red tape and the complexity in the acquisition process that prevents these new solutions from being applied. >> great. let's go to all of you. i'll take two questions at a time. please wait for a microphone andive yourself and if you can pose your question specifically to one person it would he. it's not obligatory but preferred. we'll do two at a time. the woman here in the fourth row and the gentleman i guess in about the seventh row, both on the aisle. >> good morning. thank you for your comments. my name is margaret cope. i'm an independent consultant and i have a background in life cycle management in the air force. my question has to do with pma, product manufacture approval. where is that with regard to
this whole process? i know when you talk a bunch of constraints, that was an area that we were looking significantly at, and i would just like to know if you have an update. probably, jimmy, you're the one who would know most about that. >> and before we do. we'll get two on table. that way we can pick and choose. go ahead. >> i'm john wartman with the association of american geographers. my question is probably for brennan. we've been real advocates for stem education here in the united states. as we talk about things like agile systems complexity revolution, evolution, what are the implications for the 24th century war fighter? how has the defense department been thinking about what war fighters are going to need to be able to do with these new technologies in mind? >> jim we'll start with you and then go to brepan. >> sure. so pma becomes a very interesting discussion and especially in light of things like what we heard earlier with additive manufacturing. i can take apart and i can figure out how to do it in the field and there you go. the problem you run into
particularly with aircraft systems, is that there are certain characteristics of those parts that you have to have. it's material properties as well as qualities such as surface finish and dimensionality and things like that. if you don't have them, that part can fail and when it fails, it will be spectacular and not in a good way. and so one of the things you worry about when you go through the pma process, the whole idea is that you've proven that you can produce that part to have the right quality so that you have the quality part that can do what it has to do. if you decentralize that and take away that that's an authority that you're given. things like additive manufacturing can challenge because how do you then maintain the authority in the challenge for us at manufacturers is we stand by the quality of our products, and if you start flying around products that have parts that we can't stand by then it makes it very difficult for us to stand by our products
any more. so i think right now where we are on pma. it's bureaucratic ashoreuthoritative process and things like that, and where you can successfully do it it can drive competition and can try cost improvements but you have to be very very mindful of the quality issues and looking ahead as we look at things like additive manufacturing, that may become yet even more complex. >> brennan? >> sure. so with regard to some education, we actually work very close which with the universities in our research and development program, do internal r & d and do academically funded r & did projects and one of the things we've been looking at with regard to additive manufacturing is how do you provide the work force that can actually use the technology, and a key component of that are what are the skills and capabilities that they immediate? and there is in some areas a misconception that when you use a new technology, can you kind of throw all the other stuff baby out with the bath water and you don't need to know traditional engineering aspects. physics is not changing.
it is the same. the technology that is going to be -- have to withstand those physics when you produce a part and put it on a plane or an aircraft careerier or a submarine, you have to understand the traditional engineering aspect because you have to know how you prodies that part in the past and then how you have used this new technology to create a new part whether it's the same part or whether it's three parts that you can now print as a singular part. but you have to have that background in engineering, and you have to have that capability to understand how to use it. with regard to how that applies to the war fighter, it is a question that continues to need to be answered, and that's what we're working with the dod on the training and work force perspective. if you put additive manufacturing in the field forward operating base or combat outpost and have an infantry unit that is 30 guys, who within that team has capability to actually take the software, to pryne the part, to create a part as it's needed to use cad filed
and 3-d data to print the parts? so what are the skill sets? and i think the stem piece continues to be an area that there is a growing need, and i think that there will be a need for having specialists and generalists who can facilitate the process so that the technology can be applied in a forward or deployed setting. >> thank you. let's take two more. these two gentlemen here. >> thank you. john harper with national defense magazine. i guess this question is probably for brennan and jim. can you give some examples of the ways in which the services are using additive manufacturing now and what some of their plans are for utilizing that technology in the coming years? >> sure. >> i'm randall doyle from georgetown university. i'd kind of like to look at this from a different angle listening to the process of acquisition. i want to talk about the
external factors with the advancements of fighter and manulife planes in china. i'm wondering how much pressure is on you to be able to produce these products for the military and so forth and whether maybe because of china's vast advancement in weaponry and so forth, whether that will be part of the process of breaking down the red tape that you talked about and maybe would make you happier with congress? >> i'll add one more and then potentially we have a question for everybody so we'll see. that's what i'm hoping. >> thank you. i'm elliot horwicz former member of the intelligence community and the state department and the world bank. for mr. kenyon i have a question. what is the rate of progress of our meshajor adversaries the people's republic of china and russian federation in terms of adaptive propulsion? >> why don't we begin with jim this time and then we'll work across the panel. >> i would characterize the use of additive manufacturing
amongst the services as islands of experimentation, and in many ways driven by either individuals or programs or units that i have an inherent interest in the innovation so we're -- the concrete examples of how it's being used in the field would be the deployment of additive manufacturing machines with socom. i mentioned the dog bones with the antennas. there's been a lot of innovations of weapons so rather than being mass produced they are more custom fit to individuals, and there's been -- there's an example of something a was used for a sling underneath the helicopter that was made in the field. again, i would say that this is not in any way new and, in
fact, when you start talking about the navy it's inherently in the navy's dna to do this kind of stuff. a ship is out there in the middle. ocean. it's going to keep going and the machine shop will come up with a solution and what this particular technology does is it widens the envelope of possible solutions, that that machine shop can execute on. so the adoption path within the services is really a function of need and frankly of immediate need. there's nothing like having to solve a people that causes you to propel a technology forward. now in the industrial base, the adoption of the technology is really kind of bifluctuating. the machine and the materials the price performance envelope on them is crashing and
effectively within that class of machines they are xhodizations going on both in the material and the machine. there's also a group of machines and materials that are becoming highly specialized and are regarded as a competitive advantage. though if i would turn to jimmy and say, hey, would you tell me how you've locked down your processes and have eliminated variability, well, how do you guarantee your final element analysis? he wouldn't tell us because that is the competitive vac so there's a limited number of folks usually with a lot of capital that are truly differentiating themselves in additive manufacturing and frankly they are having to build the machines themselves. the machines that are available just aren't up to snuff. so in the commercial industrial sector it really is playing out
is this a commodity-type capability with commodity materials or is there an opportunity to create a distinct competitive advantage, and what we're seeing so far is it takes a lot of money to lock down the processes on metal side and create parts but when you do you have an advantage over other companies that is significant and justifies that capital investment. >> brennan, do you want to add an example or two before we go to jimmy and then dave? >> sure. i think there's two key examples that are helpful to jim's point. the navy has been using addtive manufacturing for a number of years. the naval of dental school has been printing bridges for people in their mouths for many years, probably almost 30 years. with the evolution of additive manufacturing the customization to an individual person's physiology. there's a great opportunity there, and -- and the medical services continue to provide that. there's a lack of infection when
you have customized prosthetics or skull caps when you have drumtic brain injuries and so that's a growing area. the other example that i like to use pretty often is the rapid equipment force that i mentioned earlier. socom special operations command that was deployed in afghanistan. infantry units were given flashlight and there was an exterior button on flashlight so they would put the flashlight on the pocket or back and every time they would walk it would click on an off and any of you familiar with night patrol know that's rule number one and they came back and said we need a cover for this and they actually produced a cover. produced a cover for the flashlight and printed them in the field and provided them immediately to the infantry units so that is a key example of the innovative aspect of it. and there is that is continuing to go on and to jim's point earlier about the service. at the services they are pushing
envelope constantly because they are primarily there to support the war fighter and sometimes luckily they don't want to put up with the impediments that i mentioned earlier about support supporting that mission and they are pushing the technology from a strategic perspective. where we're trying to help docd as you push the technology across the services having a comprehensive strategy for how you apply the technology. >> i don't know if you're comfortable about stalking about global trends and propulsion. >> yeah. that -- that -- it's a little hard to answer directly but here's what i will say and i actually touch on both of those questions. there's been a lot of investment a lot of work going on poet in russia and china and that's been fairly public. there's been a lot of art californias in the press lately regarding china's desire on commercial side to develop propulsion capability and so clearly that's something that
bears watching. if you were to watch secretary kendall's remarks we have a $1 billion investment in propulsion and even while we're struggling in other areas and why is that. propulsion is recognized as a differentiator for the united states. it's something that sets us apart and that's why keeping that technological lead is a big reason for that. that's an interesting thing and looking at your bigger question, it's remarkable in this nation historically. we've been able to rise to the occasion when we have a national imperative imperative. when you go back to world war ii we had this thing going on in europe and this thing going on in japan, and result of that was just a tremendous blossoming. defense industrial base and particularly the aviation base. we've produced airplanes, punching them off the production line day after day after day because we needed them in the fight and we found ways to do that, both the government and the industrial base. fast forward a little bit, and
once sputnik was launch and detected, boy, we took off, and -- and not that long later we were putting people on the moon, and that was just one part of what turned into the cold war and the technological advancement that was the cold war because of a compelling national -- national imperative. where are we today and when we consider what we see going on in russia and what we see going on in china, and when we look at the defense strategy that we hear about, is it a compelling national imperative? well, when you look at our defense acquisition system today you might argue not yet. but are we headed in that direction? maybe. >> thank you. dave, anything you want to add to that? >> maybe i'll hit on both of those as well. from the additive manufacturing kind of perspective, you know, i spend my organization a lot in the r & d spaces, right, but we're using that very extensively. in there it's really about being able to re-spend you know prototypes very quickly and far more cost effectively.
i was in a proposal review just a couple of weeks ago, and we're talking about how we're going to modify a system going phase two and in they walk with an aluminum version of what we're use as the infrastructure there and we're also experimenting with far more sophisticated materials as well beyond the aluminum as an instance in that particular case. when it comes to the pace of our adversaries and what we're doing technology-wise and capability-wise i'm actually very optimistic in the sense of some of the dialogs that i think are occurring right now. you don't have to be more than a few minutes of conversation with secretary kendall on this kind of a topic before he asks a question. are you getting data you need? are you in the conversations with our folks about where our adversaries are going? where our deficits are and what we're doing to potentially overcome those? all right. same thing mr. stackly and the navy, they are very keen on making sure that those
conversations are occurring and are substantial conversations around data and security and the like being and they are not just operating within stove pipes either. i've seen good conversations coming across services so you know, i'm not suggesting that those conversations weren't occurring before, but they are occurring now with a severance intensity that i -- i can actually see the difference. >> i think we're going to do one more round of questions and we'll allow everyone to make a final comment. and i'm also going to say we have general campbell coming from afghanistan to be here tuesday at 3:00 to talk about the state of play there. but that also is an opportunity, and i'm sure everybody in the room would probably want to join me. we may or may not have another opportunity in short order on c-span to say thank you to a departing group of military leaders that as many of you now are leaving en masse and we're seeing the cheryl and vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff as well as the chief of staff of the army and chief of
naval operations but certainly all those appear to be change in the coming weeks. the navy part is still in transition, as i understand it, but i'm sure we all want to thank not only general dempsey general on the other handio and the admirals and all those who served with them through this intense period of service to our country. i won't ask them to thank them now but when we thank panelists let's give the round of applause for all the military leaders as it is an historic moment as the united states transitions out of war and seeing them all leave simultaneously brings it home for me. sorry for that little aside. let's get three last questions and we'll do a final wrap-up. i'll take the question at the very back and then you two here and then we'll just go across panel. >> matt jones from the boeing company, and i want to thank the panelists for a very informative session here, thank you very much. my question is related to -- i guess i'll aim it at jim.
you've talked about the application of additive manufacturing to logistics and other aspects of it. do you see much evidence of how additive manufacturing is changing design philosophy? in other words, are people starting to really design for additive manufacturing? >> the gentleman here in the fourth row and then -- >> ryan sturgell with the cohen group. i wanted to ask what initiatives you see either dod funding or potentially even other departments for additive manufacturing, and, for example the white house has, you know, moved to set up this national network for manufacturing innovation and the first center is on additive manufacturing, i think based in youngstown ohio and dod kicked in a fair amount of money to fund that initially. other -- and maybe you can comment on sort of how that's
going, but are there other initiatives like that sort of coming down pipeline that we might see. >> thank you. over here. >> i'm sean lingus with "federal computer week" magazine. dave you mentioned a versery are moving away from a hardware-laden approach to more software to having digital things early in the cycle. that's kind of like maybe a crude summary of what you said, but can you elaborate on what you need by that and implications for how the u.s. does business in that field? >> because the three questions were put so succinctly. there was one more hand and i'll bring that into the mix and then we'll just wrap up. >> hi. my name is steve barron. i'm a soldier and defense fellow though my remarks are my own here. would i like to see if i can get remarks specifically as they relate to 3-d printing and energetic materials.
as we look forward we head a lot of discussion about cold. ry and carts i was wondering with airdrop munitions so they can be more tailored and adapt adaptable and more efficiently placed in the hands of the war fighters. to kind of zero in, opportunities and efforts, what's going on right now that you know of merits of this kind of research and effort and lastly defense industry and academic partnerships, things that we can leverage our graduate students to do a lot of lifting on. what are the opportunities there? thank you. >> why don't we just work from brennan downward and we'll see if we can cover most of these questions as we conclude. >> okay. i think i can kind of speak to the -- to three of them. with regards to logistics, the -- the key part that we see in terms of applying additive manufacturing as i menned earlier is you're essentially turning the supply chain on its head so you create the part and -- and at a manufacturing base and then you send it to a depot and it gets put on a component or it gets sent out
into the field. if you push the entire supply chain forward and you actually put the ma she be in the field and you're printing in the field, you're actually just trunk agent entire process and meeting the need exactly where it is, so the potential there is great and significant in condensing the whole supply chain and all the logistics that support it and looking at reduction of inventory and reduction of all of the money that is spent on the space where all of these parts are housed, but, again, it has to be a thoughtful process and which of those parts actually is there a business case to trunk ate that with logistics and supply chain and then with regards to the question about academic partnerships, so a lot of the universities work with organizations like myself and then the youngstown, ohio, it's america makes that you're referring to, it is an initiative that was borne out of the dod and it brings together industry academia and the
services and -- and department of defense to have a conversation and continue to push the technology forward and to facilitate the process of the acquisition process and introduce that entrepreneurial spirit that you have in the small organizations that focus primarily on technology of the 3-d print and the potential implications. they may not have a familiarity with the dod contracting process like most of us do and so america makes and organizations like it are helping to facilitate that conversation. there are a number of investments that dod is making directly with schools somen state and virginia tech will two of the schools we work with. sim iii is the lab at penn state and dreams lab at virginia tech is the 3-d arm and the different organizations that dod is making to look at them collaborativelily to look at the potential implications and what the processes are, where can you find efficiencies, what parts or components might be able to be printed and then we do a lot of
work -- we also facilitate that conversation so taking the questions and investing our own funding and answering those questions and using the academic expertise. the graduate students in those programs, again, till have that traditional manufacturing and engineering pc ground and then are advancing it to understand better how do you design in 3-d? how do you look at a part a was subtractively manufactured or three or four part and put them together and look at how they could be printed so those are some of the things and i hopefully covered all three of those. >> jim. would i like to address the question around design for additive manufacturing. i could characterize it right now as being an art and not an engineering science that the software design software needs to take a jump forward before it catches up with the technology that there's a lot of lack of understanding or just frankly knowledge about how you design
the digitally optimal part that it's sometimes referred to. so, in many ways i compare it to when composites came in to aerospace and everybody was a metal person there was just an incredible adoption cycle a cycle and had to totally reorient themselves, a cycle of getting composite education into engineering schools before it really flourished. that took decades really. there's some of that going on with designs for additive manufacturing. i would say there's really two interesting things though in the design for additive manufacturing space. the first is where designs are coming from that we've all heard about competitions being run on jet engine brackets or parts coming from design and art schools used in industrial
applications so there's -- there's this democratization of designs already occurring. where do you go for ideas and solutions to include the actual users of the product? the second thing is that my experience is that folks embark on design for additive manufacturing path often veer off and start designing for their own supply chains because as they lay out economics and the needs they revert back to i don't want to change the part. i just want to be able to build it at the point of use because of what that does to my logistical requirement, my inventory requirements, what it does for a disappearing source of parts, et cetera. >> thank you. >> dave? >> so sort of what's the implications for more and more software content closer and closer to sort of the front end of these systems? maybe i'll motivate that with an example and take you back a
couple of decades or more so there's a set of enthusiasts that sort of have these scanners and they listen to things going on on the radios and if you had one of those 20 or more years ago what you would do is figure out what you want to listen to. you go down to your local electronics store and you buy a crystal. you would open the back of the radio up and you would plug the crystal in there and you had four slots for crystals so you could pick four if you wanted four and if you could change your mind you go back to the storage and get a different crystal and put that in and then you could use the device to listen to radio frequencies most interesting to you. we take that approach with the product. you get it enter the frequency and, boom, you're listening to it. as new formats come out, in large part that -- that new system is able to address and receive and understand those right? and the reason it can do that is because we're actually converting from the radio frequency that comes over the air into a format where we do a
lot more of the processing in soft way. much, much earlier and so the -- the change to accommodate a new -- a new system, in this case a new radio, that you want to be able to listen to is an up load of software in that system. it isn't going down to the store and buying a crystal so you can sort of extrapolate to there to system that we're not listening but communicating and systems where perhaps we want to bridge across different radio formats, right? in the past you might have to have different sub radios for each of the formats that you want to bridge and now you can ingest all of those and in software make that connection occur. real implication is one of, you know efficiency, cost, ex accessibility and those kind of things. >> and jimmy bryce harper, jimmy. i appreciate that relationship there because my son is a huge
bryce harper fan. >> and we can't make him with 3-d manufacturing, can't yet make a replica. >> a little one. >> a little one. >> so i -- there are allotted -- there are a lot of key ideas here. i think going back to the question on design for additive mfrgs, at the end of the day that's the real opportunity. that's the real opportunity because it opens up a whole new way of making things that can cost less because i need material. they can take less time because i can eliminate some processes out of my manufacturing line. there are a lot of things i can do with that that frankly just make the product better. i can take weight out of products because i don't put things in other places where i can't remove it later on. i have design flexibility. right now i've got a program where i've got a major component of a military engine on test and we made parts of it use additive manufacturing and i was able to lay in instrumentation leads and in doing that or ports for
instrumentation leads and by doing that i don't have to add things that disrun aerodynamic performance. it just makes it a lot better so that really is ultimately where we need to go. what's the catch. what we have to learn how to do as jim alluded to it, it's kind of an art right now. get the way we pose our problems and how we do our al i analysis we have to think not only how we make things and how we design things and analyze them with the physics to take full advantage of that. the opportunity there are things like the america makes initiative, like stem initiatives that tap into additive manufacturing. america makes was intended to catalyze the industry. intended to get this started and apparently it's worked because we're here talking about it. companies like my own, like others are really heavily engaged in it and we're working
and real taking it forward very quickly. the other part of it, universities are a huge part of that. how do i think differently about the physics? we have a relationship that we heard about two universities earlier. we have a relationship naturally being a connecticut-based company and where we're working on additive manufacturing with them and if you talk to different companies, you'll hear similar stories about things that they are forming with their universitieses that they have relationships specifically for that reason so i think there's a huge opportunity there, and i think it's only a matter of time before we get there. >> wonderful. well listen thank you all for being here and please join me in a big round of thanks and appreciation for panel. friday an c-span a look at medicaid and housing policy including toefrts reduce homelessness through better mental health services. watch live coverage of the alliance for health reform at
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press club. my name is jeff balew withal jazz rah media netter english channel networks and our guest today is u.s. coast guard admiral and commandant paul zukunft. first, i would like to introduce our he had table guest and would ask each of you to stand briefly as your name is announced. from the audience's right natalie de blasio ron haven and a member of the national speakers committee. make leaderer, publisher of "stars and stripesch" lieutenant command mer natalia best of the u.s. coast guard, jen judson, defense reporter at politico and co-chair of the national press club young members committee master chief steven cantrell, master chief petty officer of the united states coast guard and skipping over, kevin
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as 25thndment of the united states coast guard ald miller paul zukunft leads the largest component of the department of homeland security. the non-retired coast guard boasts some 828,000 personnel including active duty reserves, civilian and volunteers with a budget of about $8.1 billion. down a bit from last year, right? members of the coast guard operate ice breakers in the arctic ocean and help mitigate recent events like the migrant crisis coming over, the greenpeace blockade protest against the royal dutch shell execute counterdrug operations in the caribbean and provide security both in the u.s. and even some places as far away as the south china sea. they respond to natural disasters such as hurricane katrina and more on how we're marking that event here at the club a little later and human cost disasters such as the deep
horizon oil spill in the gulf of mexico? additionally the coast guard rescued more than 3,000 people each year and searches for boaters who go missing such as the two teenagers who disappeared off the coast of florida recently. as the smallest military force and the only one with law enforcement authority the coast guard has had a role in the defense of the united states for 225 years. in fact yesterday, was the coast guard's birthday. today admiral zukunft will discuss the challenges for the coast guard such as congressional budget struggles, a well-debated cyber security plan maintaining a zero tolerance for sexual assault and a fleet in high need of monetization and sheer numbers to tackle the next 225 years. please give a warm national press club welcome to the commandant of the united states coast guard, admiral paul zukunft. [ applause ]
>> jeff, thank you for the flattering introduction, and i had a chance to meet many of you before, and i just want to thank you. there's a lot of places that you could be right now but i'm just delight that the you're here to learn a little bit more about what i would say the little engine that could, the united states coast guard, whose roots trace back to august 4, 1790 and i'll tell a little bit about our history talk a little bit about the present, talk a little bit about the future, and then really open it up to question and answer and just have a very spontaneous dialogue recognizing everything we say is on the record. so this has been a phenomenal week for the coast guard. i just returned from grand haven, michigan. called coast guard city usa. it's a city of about 10,000, but this weekend it was a city of 200,000. here to celebrate the united states coast guard, and every coast guard man and woman walking the streets of grand haven, michigan young teenagers
not giving us flack but saying we love the coast guard. you cannot come back to washington, d.c. with a better feeling than after spending a little bit of time in coast guard city usa grand haven. yesterday we unveiled the forever stamp in commemoration of the united states coast guard. 15 million stamps printed because many time most folks don't realize what the coast guard does on a day-to-day basis. i'm honored to be here with you today. tomorrow i'll be on pitching mound at national stadium to throw an opening pitch but more importantly on saturday i'll be in boston massachusetts as we commission our fifth national security cutter which is really paying huge dividends and i'll tell a little pitt about one of the national security cutters a little bit later on in my remarks. on monday i'll be in san diego for the ship that's going to return, and i'll tell you that story later and this is going to be a big media event a very big shoot, if you will, and then
on thursday i'll be in havana cuba and so we'll be opening the embassy the following day. i'll be involved in bilateral discussions with the government of cuba with our u.s. interest section there and then secretary kerry, as you may know will be there on 14th as we open up the embassy in cuba, and so a little bit different than the coast guard that alexander hamilton envisioned 225 years ago as i rattled off, you know, what's on my schedule for just the next two weeks, and the good thing is this is a slow two-week period. it actually picks up after, that and it's going to comfort asia-pacific region as well. it will will cover the arctic so we've got a lot going on over there as well. the coast guard many times we find ourselves on all seven continents across the globe, including anti-arc characters but today we've got two special people who are with us here today. right now we're only on five-day seven continents, but we're -- we'll get back to all seven of
those. joining us first of all is lieutenant commander natalie best. she was commanding officer of a patrol boat serving for central command in the straits between iran and bahrain so she was the commanding officer of that cutter. and i just want to make a point that since 1978 every military occupational specialty in the coast guard has been open to women, and they literally hit the ball out of the park and very trying. deployed for a year, young child at home, and it's great to have you back and we brought her back to washington, d.c. [ applause ] and you also heard introduced is petty officer janai. he's an information specialive. he works at an area where we can't say a lot about what they do behind locked doors, but he's also a linguist and served on one of our hamilton class
cutters that was involved in a multi-lateral operation, not an exercise working with china japan, korea russia canada and the u.s. but really u.s.-led, and he was our linguist our japanese linguist because it's really hard to do combined operations if you can't speak a universal language. we've been operating in this domain now for a number of years under the auspices of what we call the north pacific coast guard forum, and it's really a model of collaboration and effort with some of our key asia-pacific partners so thank you for your work over there. [ applause ] so imagine, if you will, it's august 4th, 1790. the continental navy was disbanded. the last ship was auctioned off in 1785 so while we emerged as victors from the revolutionary war, we were very much a
bankrupt nation. in our first secretary of treasury alexander hamilton probably a champion of the understatement said if we had ten sentinels poefed at our ports might they do some good for the prosperity of our nation. a tariff act was passed before that, but you had pirates. you had people bypassing our tariff laws and so quite honestly we're a maritime nation but without any maritime governance whatsoever. so alexander hamilton had this vision in that we would charter ten revenue cutters and then he wrote a letter to each one of those commanding officer. he wasn't so big on specifications of those ten ships. he said somewhere between 36 40 feet, and by the way each one shall cost $1,000 apiece. he sent these commanding officers out to build them. the first up came in at $2,500. two and a half times its initial acquisition cost. today our acquisition program,
our total acquisition portfolio our growth is less than 2% and so we won four of eight of the federal acquisition awards last year so we've come a little bit -- some way since 1790, but the most important piece that alexander hamilton charged those commanding officers is to be mindful that we are a country of free men and we are impatient of those who don't have a temperate attitude and abuse the rights of our citizens of the united states. and it was that letter to those commanding officers that really lives within the dna of the coast guard today, and it's reflected in our core values, honor, respect and devotion to duty. last year we used aviation use of force where we use sniper rounds to disable outboard engines, and we did that nearly once each week last year and there wasn't one person injuring
during those interactions. just yesterday there was a boater in seattle shooting weapons at police officers. the coast guard gaim came in. we surround them, and we used the most powerful instrument, the strongle muscle in our body which has the least restraint our tongue and we were able to talk this person down at a point in time. if you go back to alexander hamton's charge be mindful that we are a country of free men. i'm very mindful of the fact how heavy handed law enforcement tactics play out on cnn and so you to not see the coast guard of yesterday or today involved in any of these heavy-handed laumtd tactics. it's not me but it really gets pack to the dna of our peopler is veng on the front lines of our coast guard today. so i could not be more proud of what they do. fast forward to present day and i talked about one of our national security cutters. we have been a member of the national intim jens community for some time now so we're not
only an armed service a law enforcement service we're also a member of the national intelligence community, and when i'm in san diego this monday, i will meet the coast guard cutter "stratton." it's the third of our national security cutters and they are coming off a four and a half month deployment. they have to come in because right now they are probably -- their load line is below water because of the 32-plus metric tons of cocaine that they have interdicted on one patrol not one bus. these are multiple interdictions over a four and a half month period. all of this driven by intelligence. last year when i came into this job, we had awareness of about 90% of the drug flow. ultimately destined for the united states. it doesn't come here directly. comes into countries like central america, like honduras el salvador and guatemala. coincidentally those are the same countries of origin where unaccompanied minors were
entering the united states so violent crime, drug trafficking activity, but all of it targeted towards a demand in the united states. so there's a clear nexus between regional stability and drug trafficking but we have awareness of 90% of the flow. before coming into this job we were able to target about 10%, about 10%. now, some of this intelligence comes from confidential informants. they are not paid a lot of money from their host nations. it could be a fishermen and he might be paid $300 to provide us very actionable information. if he's found out he'll be assassinate. not only will he be assassinated but his family will be assassinated and yet when we get that information i just don't have enough ships. i don't have enough assets to act upon that information. now the good news is we've closed that gap by nearly 35% in the last year which means we're not doing something else somewhere else and i can't tell you what that is but we've doubled down on the transit zone and it's making a huge
difference today. we're up in the arctic, and i don't think alexander hamilton envisioned the arctic. last week we had protesters in portland, oregon, as one of shell's ships was departing. we are rapelers jump off a bridge and held a ship held up and said you can't really be protesting here. shell is actually drilling as i speak today but into formation but five years ago today i was down in the gulf of mexico where i spent seven months which were like dog months as a federal coordinateor of the deep water horizon oil spill. oil spills you can measure in gallons, not barrels. and we need to be mindful that shell is responsibility of carrying out its responsibilities up in the arctic. we'll have five ships and then we also have several helicopters
operating up in the arctic. this last winter we saw the record low sea icics tent up in the arctic region and as ice starts to retreat we may see a record retreatmentment of sea ice 14 of the 15 warmest years in the arctic have all happened in the last 15 years. what i do know is that there's a lot more water than where there used to be ice, and not only that, but about 5% of this region, 5%, is charted to what i would say modern-day standards. i was in iceland a month and a half ago. i was on the icelandic coast guard vessel "thor" -- what a great name that is, "thor." so i looked at their charts, and the datum is from 1915. that's when the most recent survey work is. so when the "thor" is operating up there, they send their boat up in front of them with a side scan sonar so they don't stumble upon anything.
this year we will have 200,000 tourists that will venture into the arctic. many of the cruise ships go flying by at 20, 25 knots through the same waters that "thor," very used to operating in this area -- and the reason i say that, when i met the captain a little crusty. i said how many years of sea duty do you have? 58. more than magellan. and so he is uncertain about what's up there, but what happens if one of those cruise ships were to find a pinnacle in 39-degree water temperature? we knew what happened with "titanic" 103 years ago. we know because we're still flying the international ice patrol 103 years later to warn mariners of any icebergs that drift into the shipping lanes, but if you have a mass loss of life up in the arctic, the coast
guard will be pressed into service. we're in a very active campaign, i am during my term as commandant, as we look at recapitalizing the coast guard. when you look at an icebreaker, it's a national asset. it's not just a coast guard asset, and it serves multiple stakeholders' interests, not just coast guard, national science foundation, department of defense, department of interior. the list goes on and on, but it's not like passing the hat or passing the plate at church and say, okay, everyone donate. we'll give our tithes and offerings and we'll have an icebreaker. there's violent agreement this is a national requirement. we just have to come up with a way to fund this. the next big acquisition for the coast guard is going to be the offshore patrol cutter. i took a ranking member from the senate down to visit one of our ships, and when he went on there, it was a 210-foot cutter. it's 50 years old. we're now on the nearly fourth generation of coasties that have now served on this very same ship. it doesn't have dedicated ballast, which means as it burns fuel, it rocks around a little bit, so we're having lunch and
this member said it's probably a good time to go out and look at the horizon. and so we're only on the ship for 90 minutes, and he's already uncomfortable, but we're sending our crews out there for months on end to serve on this very same ship. then i said, let me just show you the engine room real quick. we go down there and we look at the two main diesel engines that were dropped in there back in 1964. and the engineer of the watch says, senator, welcome to the one platform in our inventory in the united states that is impregnable against a cyberattack because there's not one digital system on this ship. so, yes, we do need to recapitalize these assets, and that's why the offshore patrol cutter, as many may have heard me say, is our number one priority going forward. but when you look at cyber, i was over where riota works and i was over there yesterday to wish him a happy birthday, but in one
of those vaults there was a very aggressive nationally sponsored cyberattack that took place. it was a spear fishing attack. i can't say a whole lot more about that, but it's had a significant impact on a federal agency in u.s. government, and i'm not talking about the opm hack. this is highly classified, but it was our cyber watch standers that were able to kill that spear phishing attempt before it even reached our recipients. had those recipients opened it, we would have had to take them off the net, and it's no coincidence that many of the targeted recipients were very senior officers in the coast guard. fortunately, they can't spell zukunft, so they couldn't get my e-mail. i said there's some advantage to having a name you can't spell or pronounce. but we're very active in the cyber domain as well. i released a cyber strategy and we pushed it out last fall and industry is now coming to us. we regulate the maritime
industry and post-9/11 probably one of the most sweeping pieces of legislation was the maritime transportation security act of 2002. and it required vessels and it required our maritime facilities recognizing that 90% of our global trade moves by sea, that they needed to implement safeguards, physical security at their facilities, so they've done a great job of that. i happened to be down at an lng facility being built out in louisiana. i won't give you that name because it would be an insider trade secret but this facility when it's fully up and running will move more liquefied gas than there are gas carriers in the world to move that product. what a great time to do this at this point when the united states sits on the largest reserves of lng as well and the panama canal expansion project when i was in there last november by all indications will
open up probably on or about the 1st of april of 2016. it's 180 feet wide but initially it will take ships up to 160 feet wide. it means lng carriers from the united states can supply the asia-pacific market with lng and do so in a timely fashion, which is good. when i talked to the facility operator, and you know you're in southern louisiana when the road kill shifts to alligators. and they have the fences, they have the cameras, they have the physical security, and i said, well, what are you doing about zeros and ones? zeros and ones. i'm not following. i said what are you doing about the invisible attack? he said who would want to attack us? i said you're supplying the asia-pacific market. there's another pure competitor. it's called russia. if you think the ground rules haven't changed when it comes to cyber these days, might someone like a national targeted attempt
try to shut you down so you don't take their market share away? what's the coast guard's standards for cyber? we don't have those. but industry is now very incentivized of how do they get smart on cyber. we need to be able to leverage cyber as well. four weeks ago we had six drug interdictions. these are 30-foot pangas each loaded with about a ton of cocaine. but over an area from canada, united states, mexico, central america. six boats over an expanse that large in the open ocean and we got all six of them. we would not have gotten any of those if we were not able to leverage the cyber domain and vector our ships to where we knew these threats were operating. many of you that have worked in the intelligence community probably can figure out how we do that, but if someone compromises our ability to do cyber, then we're not able to do
that. and when you just look at search and rescue, i only wish those two teenagers had an emergency distress beacon. we would have found them in a matter of minutes, not even an hour. that signal goes up to a satellite, comes down near realtime, and we're ready to launch within 30 minutes and we would have been on scene within 30 minutes of that eperb being activated. nothing is harder for me as a commandant when i tell a family member that one of ours has died in the line of duty, but all of our sector commanders, they make those notifications to first of kin. and when we make those notifications, it's as though we have lost a member of our family as well. we don't do it callously. we do it in the spirit as alexander hamilton reminded us, that we are a country of free men, and so we gave it our best effort. we searched an area of over 44,000 square miles from florida all the way up to north carolina. we didn't find these two young boys, which we always take
personally, but cyber is a big enabler in our ability to do that. so a little bit about the past, a little bit about the present, and i'm very excited about the future of the coast guard. the future of the coast guard is really represented by two of the people sitting here at the head table. this is the best educated coast guard that i have seen in my -- if you count my academy years, 42 years i have been around the coast guard. i clearly know that i would not get into the coast guard academy today. the new leaders that are coming out of the coast guard are by far superior than where i stood, and obviously i did okay in the coast guard, but you're going to have many more capable future leaders of our service. not only that, but they're fully empowered. i talked to bm-2 russo on the coast guard cutter "stratton" yesterday. he's a pursuit coxswain. he chased down a panga. he was able to interdict a ton
of cocaine. and his voice went something like this. well, admiral, i had watch. i went out and we stopped the boat. i said there's more to the story. come on. highlights. i said, tell me a little bit more about the "stratton." then his voice picks up. these are the best people i have ever served with. i am honored to be on this ship. this is the best ship in the coast guard. i said, what are you going to do next year? he said, my tour is up, and he's going to be serving on the "stratton" and they're deployed for 230 days out of the year. he goes, i'm going to ask my detailer if i can get a one-year extension because i'm going to be a qualified under way ood, which is usually reserved for officers. i have 88,000 bm-2 russos in the coast guard. so with that when people talk about budget, i said really the bedrock strength of this service, our backbone as it was going back to 1790 is our people. we just got a little bit more complex mission sets than we did in 1790, but alexander