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NAVSEA Commander's Guidance Continues the Transformation

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Story Number: NNS050215-01
Release Date: 2/15/2005 6:29:00 AM

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Phillip M. Balisle, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), released his 2005 guidance Feb. 7.

The document charts the way ahead for the continued success in NAVSEA's transformation journey.

"2005 marks the next significant step in the continued transformation of NAVSEA," said Balisle. "Our focus this year continues the journey we began over two years ago. Using the phased approach, we laid the foundation necessary to institutionalize continuous improvement, focus on shaping the workforce, efficiently run our business...and capture savings to support the recapitalization of our Navy."

The guidance addresses five areas vital to the continued transformation: Human Capital Strategy, Lean/Six-Sigma Implementation, Capturing Cost Reductions, Improving and Measuring Productivity, and the Virtual Systems Command (SYSCOM) initiative.

While addressing specific areas, Balisle emphasized that the Human Capital Strategy will guide efforts for the year.

"Maintaining a focus on the strengths of our people will ensure our efforts to institutionalize transformation and inculcate a culture of continuous improvement that will succeed," he said.

Implementing the Human Capital Strategy will ensure the workforce is shaped correctly for the needs of the 21st century NAVSEA and Navy, and is crucial to "deliver the right skills at the right time for the right work."

Cost reductions and savings have been a critical focus of NAVSEA's transformation. Identifying, tracking and eventually capturing these savings through efficiency and workforce shaping efforts is a "crucial component of our success in 2005," Balisle said.

There are several efforts underway across the NAVSEA organization focused on gaining efficiencies and harvesting savings: Lean/Six-sigma, Human Capital Strategy, SEAPort-Enhanced Service Contracting, Shipyard Transformation and Intelligent Targets.

The guidance points out the linkage between improving productivity flow across NAVSEA and the Human Capital Strategy and Lean/Six-sigma efforts.

"In 2005, we will continue to identify the best measures of productivity," reiterated Balisle. "We will continue our analysis of outputs versus costs, and make investment decisions based on customer need and return on investment."

Balisle also noted that as part of this effort and continued self-assessment, the command would conduct a third alignment assessment in September.

Balisle credited much of NAVSEA's progress in 2004 to collaborative efforts across the SYSCOMs, an initiative known as the Virtual SYSCOM. The role of Virtual SYSCOM in leading process and business improvements is expected to expand in 2005.

"We have made significant progress on the journey of transformation, and your efforts in building a strong foundation have been impressive," Balisle concluded. "Even more important, you have positioned us well to meet the challenges in front of us. We must now move forward with continued dedication and vigilance to support our Navy and our nation as we bridge to the future."

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