An experiment with California's Golden State Warriors NBA team, inspired by a midseason slump, revealed that letting team members coach themselves could lead to sharpened performance. Coach Steve Kerr drew four lessons from the successful strategy that may apply in business as well.
Shoreline-protecting mangroves typically prefer warmer climates, but their growth is now being documented at more temperate zones. One study in the area around Florida's Kennedy Space Center found a 70% increase in mangroves over a span of just seven years.
A problem with its main reduction gear forced the destroyer USS Sterett to return to base in San Diego. The problem was resolved, and the Sterett resumed its journey to the Western Pacific.
Repairs and system updates are on tap for the USS Chafee from BAE Systems Hawaii Shipyards under a $22.7 million contract. The work will primarily focus on the main engine intake and uptake compartment, as well as topside preservation.
Structural and tank repairs and propulsion system work are included in a $9.6 million contract awarded to BAE Systems for the USS Philippine Sea, a Flight II Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser. Work will be carried out in Jacksonville, Fla., with expected completion in March 2019.
GE will be building a "digital twin" of two T-AKE replenishment dry cargo ammunition vessels under a Navy Military Sealift Command pilot program. The program taps GE's Predix Asset Performance Management system and is aimed at improving the vessels' performance and mission readiness.
The Navy's five-year budget request calls for having 31 more ships deployed at any given time and a fleet with 46 more ships than the current fleet. The service is also seeking funding for one landing craft air cushion service life extension, five ship-to-shore connectors to replace an aging fleet, and one landing craft utility replacement.
The Coast Guard is hoping for an 8.4% increase in funding, with a fiscal 2019 budget request that seeks $750 million for the service's first new heavy icebreaker in four decades. The Guard has pushed hard for additional funds in a public relations campaign that emphasizes its role in maintaining national security.