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Navy-Industry Collaborative Design

The US Navy and US naval shipbuilding industry are facing an historic inflection point if the growth in the number of warships in the fleet over the next two to three decades is to be achieved. And a demanding shipbuilding program demands a new Navy-Industry Collaboration Strategy. This new strategy will enable and promote open, substantive collaboration between the US Navy and naval shipbuilding Industry and will ensure the design, construction, and sustainment of a more affordable, adaptable, and durable fleet. No longer will the recent failed acquisition strategies enable the USN and US shipbuilding industry meet and/or surpass the existential and growing challenges of its naval adversaries.

The Team of four authors of this paper with collectively more than 200 years in naval ship acquisition, design and construction management believes strongly the time is long overdue for a bold new strategy. Based on the Team’s significant experience and insight into naval ship design and shipbuilding as well as a decade of American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Global Shipbuilding Executives Summits (GSES) which have included significant inputs by leading European naval shipbuilding, the authors have compiled in this presentation a set of recommendations for a bold, new Navy-Industry Acquisition Strategy.


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Date & Time: June 17th, 2021; 1300-1430 ET (Presentation with live Q&A discussion)
Audience: U.S. Government, industry professionals, engineering students and young professionals interested in naval design.
Virtual Course Format: This presentation and discussion will occur in Microsoft Teams. If you do not have Teams, you will be able to view this event in your browser.
Enrollment Fee: FREE!
Professional Development Hours: 1.25 Hour (free for ASNE Members or $40 for nonmembers. Please use the ASNE PDH form and send it to education@navalengineers.org.)
Questions: Please email education@navalengineers.org or call ASNE HQ at (703) 836-6727.


Authors' Biographies

Tim Nichols has extensive experience in warship design and construction both in international and domestic shipyards. After completing 9.5 years on active duty in the US Navy, he joined GE Marine & Industrial Engine Division where he spent the next 15 years developing the global marine propulsion markets for GE marine gas turbines. Subsequently, he held international leadership positions at GE supporting the growth of their aerospace products. Then he transited to the aerospace information technology industry eventually retiring from Siemens in 2017. He is now president of Ubiquitech LLC, an independent consulting company.

Robert G Keane, Jr. has over 55 years of ship design and acquisition experience. During 21 years as a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES), he served as the U.S. Navy’s Chief Naval Architect, Chief of Ship Design, Director of Survivability and Director of Naval Architecture. He was responsible for ship design from pre-acquisition concept studies, through design, construction, and in-service. His Navy-led Design Teams successfully completed 35 major Contract Designs leading to the acquisition of 200 ships. He now heads his own consulting firm, Ship Design USA, Inc. He is well published and has received numerous professional society and Navy honorary awards.

CAPT Barry Tibbits, USN (ret.) has many decades experience in R&D, design, construction, maintenance and operations in both submarines and surface ships. He served five years at sea and eight years in shipyards, was commander of the David Taylor Research Center, Director of the NAVSEA Ship Design Group for six years, and professor of Naval Construction and Engineering at MIT. He has published over 30 technical papers and authored chapters in four books. He was an adjunct professor at both Virginia Tech and Stevens Institute of Technology, and for 25 years lectured on ship design integration each summer at MIT.

Peter Jaquith has shipyard executive experience in ship design, production engineering, planning, and production. He is a recognized leader in improving North American shipbuilding processes including the application of advanced outfitting, modular engine room techniques, the Toyota Production System, and world-class Lean Design and Production Engineering practices to naval and commercial ship design and construction. Peter has benchmarked world-class shipbuilding, automotive, aerospace, and civil engineering best practice and led their application to U.S. naval and commercial shipbuilding. He received a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture with advanced studies at the University of Maine and Harvard Business School. Peter has authored numerous papers on ship design, production engineering, modular construction, and ship manufacturing practice including the Lean Design Guide for Pre-Contract Design, SNAME T&R Bulletin 7-11. Peter is an ASNE Member Emeritus, a SNAME Life Fellow, and is recipient of ASNE’s “Jimmie” Hamilton and SNAME’s William M. Kennedy and Elmer L. Hann awards for his contributions to shipbuilding.


Professional Development Hours

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