The committee on Capability Surprise for U.S. Naval Forces was first convened in February 2012. Over a period of 4 months, the committee has held three data-gathering meetings which included presentations from outside experts and discussion and debate among the committee. A summary of the committee’s meetings, thus far, is provided below:
February 28-March 1, 2012, in Washington, D.C.: First full committee meeting. Briefings on information and intelligence perspectives from the Office of Naval Intelligence Scientific and Technical Center and the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office; operational perspectives from the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5B); Marine Corps perspectives from the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command/Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration; Office of Naval Research perspectives from the Executive Director, Office of Naval Research; fleet readiness and logistics perspectives from the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4); cyber perspectives from the Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Deputy Commander, U.S. TENTH Fleet; rapid prototyping perspectives from the Director, Rapid Prototyping Technology Office, Principal Deputy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rapid Fielding; U.S. Coast Guard perspectives from the Assistant Commandant for Capability; and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) perspectives from the program managers, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA.
April 11-12, 2012, in Washington, D.C.: Second full committee meeting. Briefings on capability surprise with perspectives from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Assessment Division (N81); the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation; the former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (ADM Thad W. Allen, USCG, retired); the Program Executive Officer, Littoral Combat Ships; the Naval War College and its Modeling and Analysis Department; SSBN (nuclear powered, ballistic-missile-carrying submarine) Security Program; Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group; and the NRC Committee on Avoiding Technology Surprise for Tomorrow’s Warfighter.
May 2, 2012, in Washington, D.C. at the Naval Research Laboratory: Site visit and small group data-gathering session. Briefings from the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division, Naval Research Laboratory on electronic warfare support measures, electronic countermeasures and supporting counter-countermeasures, and studies on modeling and simulation for improving the performance of electronic warfare systems.
May 16-17, 2012, Washington, D.C.: Third full committee meeting. Briefings on capability surprise with perspectives from the NeXTech, Emerging Capabilities Division Rapid Reaction Technology Office, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rapid Fielding; Air Force Red Team, Lincoln Laboratory Air Vehicle Survivability Evaluation Program; Space Systems, Strategic and Space Systems, Office of the Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Research and Engineering and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6), “Operation Burnt Frost,” Program Executive, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and the Air and Missile Defense Department, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory; the Assistant Chief of Staff for Concepts, Navy Warfare Development Command; and the Pacific Fleet Command, Warfighting Assessment and Readiness.