1. Improve K-12 education in STEM with emphasis on increasing the number and quality of STEM teachers.

  2. Emphasize basic research initiatives to include incentives for disruptive innovation and a willingness to accept risk.

  3. Ensure that the United States is the preeminent place to study and conduct research.

  4. Ensure the United States is the preeminent place to innovate by revamping incentives and streamlining processes to protect intellectual property, e.g., patents.

Many of these recommendations and actions are described from a national, strategic perspective in terms of their implementation. NAVSEA recognizes that the majority of activities that it can undertake to support national goals are limited to the resource base that NAVSEA possesses or can influence at the NAVSEA organizational level. Therefore, short term emphasis will be on implementing the “plant” phase. Three strategic priorities that derive from the recommendations in the NAS report will be the focus of initial activities in the present to 2009 timeframe:

  • Engage with middle and high school students and faculty in the communities in which NAVSEA facilities are located.

  • Engage with student and faculty in college environments using facilitative partners. See Appendix B for an example with the Timbuktu Academy.

  • Establish research incentives to stimulate risk taking and basic research to support technological innovation.

Additionally, as part of its diversity initiative and quality of life activities, NAVSEA will strive continuously to make working at NAVSEA something STEM professionals will look forward to. Command climate will communicate openness to new ideas, flexibility in approaches to research, and respect for diverse opinions.

Appendix A provides the recommendations and actions from the NAS Storm report and includes a mapping of relevant NAVSEA Implementation Concepts for specific activities and initiatives. The general approach is described below based on the elements of the initiative identified earlier: Outreach, Engagement, Research Facilities, and Work Environment.

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