Grosklags meets with workforce during WD tour

Grosklags meets with  workforce  during  WD tourBy STACIE BAILEY

NAWCWD Public Affairs

Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, visited Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Jan. 17-18 and met with members of the workforce about filling capability gaps for the warfighter.

Critical thinking and challenging assumptions were reccurring themes of Grosklags’ address to members of the Engineer and Scientist Development Program and business competencies. “What I encourage you all to do is think about applying critical thinking to your activities on a day-by-day, if not hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute basis. We’re trying to change the culture of NAVAIR as an organization to accelerate how we get new products and capabilities to our sailors and Marines.”

Grosklags toured China Lake’s South Range and Air Wing Integration Laboratory. He also heard updates on the Solid Fuel Ramjet project and autonomous aerial vehicles and met with 2016 NAVAIR Innovation Challenge participants.

“It is not about a single competency,” Grosklags said. “It’s about the breadth of NAVAIR and everything we do and everybody in this room. The cultural change is about communication, it’s about collectively deciding that we’re going to work differently. Our approach to business is going to be different than it has been for the last 20-25 years. That doesn’t mean we’re throwing everything out, it means we’re going to figure out what we can do differently that makes sense to all of us.”

Pictured: Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags meets with NAWCWD participants in the 2016 NAVAIR Innovation Challenge during his visit to China Lake. -- U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

Story First Published: 2017-01-27