Feeling the need for speed: naval aviation bridges stovepipes to create an enterprise
Clemente, Mark N.
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Operations like the International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan, U.S.A.'s new Africa Command, or the militaries' ever increasing involvement with cooperative security and natural disasters...often call on disparate systems to reach beyond their usual comfort zones to address complex, cross-domain challenges. This requires operationalizing the principles of "focus, agility and convergence" - and it is difficult -especially when sometimes complementary and often competing systems find themselves together at the point of action despite widely different cultures, fitness metrics and perhaps most critical...separate funding streams. This paper examines all of these elements through an ongoing and successful experiment within U.S. Naval Aviation. Faced with two wars and a strapped budget, Navy was forced to get "lean" and better harmonize their operations, maintenance and supply stovepipes. Getting beyond theory with a well defined contextual challenge, naval aviation merged disparate cultures and modified practices and procedures of ostensibly successful and proud entities to form a holistic enterprise - one that had only loosely existed before the intervention.