By Rear Adm. Herm Shelanski
Director of Assessments, OPNAV 81/RAD Team Lead
As many of you know, the CNO wants all of us to focus more on “Warfighting First” and I am leading the RAD effort to reduce administrative burden throughout the fleet. Reducing Administrative Distractions (RAD) looks to identify administrative actions that could be eliminated, centralized, outsourced, made more efficient or converted to electronic format.
RAD accomplishes this through your input via an innovative and interactive crowd sourcing website.
Since its inception in early July, RAD has received tremendous input from you: more than 1,300 ideas; 7,000 comments; and 90,000 votes. From this input, 80 top ideas on how to reduce distractions have been identified. You can now see these 80 top ideas on the website. And, if you have provided input, I want to personally thank you for your conscientious attitude in moving this great effort forward.
So, what is next for RAD? The month of September marked a big transition for RAD as it moved from Phase II: Propose Changes to Phase III: Take Action. During this phase, the RAD team of 40 plus Navy volunteers will work with the Navy program owner of one or more of your submitted ideas in an effort to implement a solution.
Understandably, many solutions to the distractions will take time and money. The completion timeline for Phase III will vary by each idea. RAD’s goal is to eventually solve all those that can be solved, and in the interim communicate progress on a regular basis back to you.
During Phase III, RAD will also continue to solicit ideas from you. RAD will ask what your vision is of where the Navy should be 3-5 years down the road if tablet devices and Wi-Fi were incorporated on all ships and installations. The focus will be on how this technology could streamline Navy processes and further reduce distractions. Your participation is greatly encouraged, so please log onto the website and provide input.
This has been a very interesting project and it is my belief that with your support, RAD will be instrumental in reducing many of our administrative burdens and in allowing all of us to focus more on “Warfighting First.”