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|The mission at the United States Navy Memorial is to Honor, Recognize, and Celebrate the men and women of the Sea Services, past, present, and future; and to inform the public about their service. |
In order to further their mission during this unprecedented time, they are presenting a second in the series of a FREE virtual program entitled SITREP Speaker Series. “SITREPs” provide Navy leadership the opportunity to address a national audience via a live-stream format. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions on the record about what the Navy is doing to defend our freedom and protect our way of life.
|Their next SITREP will be held on Monday, July 20 at 3pm EDT featuring James “Hondo” Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition. Secretary Geurts oversees an annual budget of more than $100 billion and is responsible for equipping and supporting the Navy and Marine Corps. He has more than 30 years of joint acquisition experience and has served in all levels of leadership positions, including acquisition executive, program executive officer and program manager of major defense acquisition programs. Prior to his current assignment, Secretary Geurts was the acquisition executive for Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. |
During this one-hour live program, Secretary Geurts will discuss how his organization is responding to today’s challenges of delivering and sustaining a lethal force, as well as what is being done to drive innovation. Secretary Geurts, driven to deliver capabilities at the speed of relevance, formed the Navy’s Agility office (NavalX) in Alexandria, Virginia to centrally facilitate the increased adoption of proven agility-enhancing methods across the Department of the Navy. This effort included the establishment of 12 Naval tech bridge locations that operate in concert with NavalX throughout the United States.