• SIGNAL Magazine interviews Pat Sullivan, NAVWAR executive director, during WEST 2020.
     SIGNAL Magazine interviews Pat Sullivan, NAVWAR executive director, during WEST 2020.
  • The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command's digital twins project is being incorporated into the 26 ships of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Damon Loveless/Released
     The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command's digital twins project is being incorporated into the 26 ships of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Damon Loveless/Released

VIDEO: Digital Twins Offer Navy New Efficiencies

March 3, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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NAVWAR aims to shave years off development times.


The U.S. Navy is cloning ship systems by creating digital twins that will help improve procurement and training times. Part of the service’s migration to the digital environment, the digital twins project is being incorporated into the 26 ships of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group. It will allow new systems to develop, and sailors to train, in their deployment environment.

The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) hopes to cut years off of development times and provide more realistic training, says Pat Sullivan, NAVWAR’s executive director. Tedious laboratory work to verify the applicability of new systems will be eliminated by evaluations conducted in the native environment. The training can be conducted by sailors either ashore or afloat, as the material will reside in the cloud.

Learn more about the Navy’s digital twins and its digital migration in the video interview with Pat Sullivan below.

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