June 25, 2022

Supporting STEM: Innovation Challenge @ Dahlgren Targets Critical Area Need

“STEM” learning – science, technology, engineering and math – has been a priority for decades. But fewer young people in the U.S. are pursuing these subjects, and that puts the nation at risk. The Innovation Challenge @ Dahlgren represents a powerful partnership set to take aim at this critical need in the Fredericksburg region. The […]

NSWCDD Hosts Virginia University Leadership Partnering Summit

DAHLGREN, Va. – Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCDD) Commanding Officer Capt. Stephen “Casey” Plew, addresses distinguished attendees at the Virginia University Leadership Partnering Summit. On Oct. 26, the NSWCDD Innovation Lab hosted the event to bring together NSWCDD senior leadership and representatives from six Virginia universities to explore the expansion of academic partnerships between the two parties.

DAHLGREN, Va. – Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCDD) Commanding Officer Capt. Stephen “Casey” Plew, addresses distinguished attendees at the Virginia University Leadership Partnering Summit. On Oct. 26, the NSWCDD Innovation Lab hosted the event to bring together NSWCDD senior leadership and representatives from six Virginia universities to explore the expansion of academic partnerships between the two parties.

NSWCDD Hosts Virginia University Leadership Partnering Summit

DAHLGREN, Va. – On Oct. 26, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division’s (NSWCDD) Innovation Lab hosted the Virginia University Leadership Partnering Summit. Presidents, deans and various representatives from six Virginia universities gathered with senior leadership to discuss expanding strategic academic partnerships between the warfare center and Virginia’s top research universities.

The distinguished attendees from the University of Mary Washington, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University and George Mason University heard briefs from Command and subject matter experts about the future missions at Dahlgren and key research interests, which will impact the future fleet. Brief subjects included current and proposed NSWCDD academic partnership programs as well as artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtualization.

The event was led by NSWCDD Commanding Officer Capt. Stephen ‘Casey’ Plew, Acting Technical Director Darren Barnes and the Chief Technology Office. Throughout the day, the summit leaders opened the floor for questions and constructive dialogue concerning future partnerships that will mutually benefit the universities and NSWCDD.

Following the summit, the attendees were invited to tour the Laser Lethality Lab for a directed energy demonstration.

Attendees/Participants:

Visitors:

Dr. Troy Paino, President, University of Mary Washington
Dr. Tim O’Donnell, University of Mary Washington
Dr. Keith Mellinger, University of Mary Washington
Mr. Michael Hubbard, University of Mary Washington
Dr. Eric Paterson, Virginia Tech
Dr. John Green, Virginia Tech
Dr. Laurel Miner, Virginia Tech
Dr. Melur Ramasubramanian, University of Virginia
Dr. Krzysztof Cios, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Ivelina Metcheva, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. P. Srirama Rao, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Preetam Ghosh, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Gary Tepper, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Eric Weisel, Old Dominion University
Dr. Robert Wojtowicz, Old Dominion University
Dr. Kenneth Ball, George Mason University
Mr. Curry Roberts, President, Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington

NSWCDD:

CAPT Casey Plew, USN, Commanding Officer
Mr. Darren Barnes, SSTM, Technical Director (Acting)
Mr. Chris Clifford, Deputy Technical Director (Acting)
Ms. Terri Gray, Chief of Staff
Ms. Jennifer Clift, SSTM, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Jeff Solka, SSTM, Distinguished Scientist for Naval Data Sciences
Ms. Karen Smith, Deputy Chief Technology Officer

Dahlgren Campus National Security Lecture Series

University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren Campus will host a series of National Security Lectures this spring:

9 April 2020
“China’s Economic Statecraft for Maritime Technology Acquisition”

Presented by Dr. April A. Herlevi, Research Scientist, China & Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division, CNA

30 April 2020
“Middle East 101: A Guide for Deployers”

Presented by CDR Aboul-Enein, who is currently an Subject Matter Expert and Senior Counterterrorism Advisor at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Defense Combating Terrorism Center

UMW-Dahlgren Partnership Addresses Critical Needs

And a handshake makes it official. President Troy Paino and Capt. Casey Plew finalize the partnership after signing documents of agreement. To the left is UMW Provost Nina Mikhalevsky, and NSWCDD Acting Technical Director Darren Barnes is on the right. Photo by Robert A. Martin.

And a handshake makes it official. President Troy Paino and Capt. Casey Plew finalize the partnership after signing documents of agreement. To the left is UMW Provost Nina Mikhalevsky, and NSWCDD Acting Technical Director Darren Barnes is on the right. Photo by Robert A. Martin.

Individuals who work at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) contribute toward a lofty goal: develop technology that improves the U.S. military’s ability to fight, win and bring troops home safely.

The institution of higher education located in closest proximity to Dahlgren – University of Mary Washington (UMW) – wants to contribute toward NSWCDD’s goal.

The first step has been taken.

NSWCDD employees – 40 percent of whom have advanced degrees – now have a chance to improve their skills and, possibly, achieve yet another degree. All they have to do is leave the office and drive across Highway 301 to Mary Washington’s Dahlgren Campus.

UMW’s College of Business, in collaboration with Continuing and Professional Studies, has enrolled its first cohort of Dahlgren leaders in a project management certificate program. Those admitted for the program are qualified, if interested, to pursue a master’s in business administration after December 2021 when they earn their certificates. Read more.

Larus Offers Dahlgren Lecture on China’s New Silk Road

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, offered a National Security Lecture on China’s New Silk Road to JWACS engineers at the UMW Dahlgren campus on October 23. Dr. Larus claimed that China is building the New Silk Road to expand its commercial and political influence and to have a more prominent status and role in global affairs. Some observers of the project see it as an effort to remake the global balance of power, and as the costs of many of the proposed projects have skyrocketed, opposition has grown in some participant countries.