Transforming HII: Innovative Customer Solutions
“Our customers have been very clear across the board. They’ve been very clear that they want to find a balance between health and safety and resilience and sustainability of our workforce. The missions that they ask us to do, because national security never sleeps, that is really why the Defense Industrial Base was declared to be mission essential from the very beginning.” — Mike Petters, HII president and CEO
Meeting mission essential contractual requirements during COVID-19 requires innovative solutions. Hank Allen, Technical Solutions’ deputy director of Maintenance University and William Rooks, Ingalls Shipbuilding’s NSC ship program manager share how their teams transformed operations, meeting contractual requirements and creating opportunities for future efficiencies.
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Transforming HII: Supporting the Supplier Base
“Beyond supporting our employees and supporting our neighborhoods and our regions and states, we’re also going to be supporting the thousands of suppliers that we have and the people that they have who are supporting their neighborhoods and their regions and their states and our nation as we go through this.” Mike Petters, HII president and CEO
Newport News Shipbuilding’s Bryan Caccavale, vice president, material, manufacturing and facilities, Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Scott Weldon, vice president of supply chain, Glenn Lynd, director of material acquisition, Kelley Tucker, manager of strategic sourcing and Gwen Wilkerson (pictured), director of procurement support, discuss how the established collaboration channels between their supply chain organizations allowed the teams to more effectively respond to COVID-19 and support the shipbuilding supplier base
Communications Response to COVID-19
“The other part of the communications story, though, is that we want to make sure, from the very beginning, that with all of the noise that’s out there, that you would be able to count on us to be able to tell you the truth and be able to tell you what’s happening, when it’s happening, how it’s happening. We want to be your trusted source of information.” — Mike Petters, HII President and CEO
Providing trusted, timely and effective communications to all HII stakeholders, especially employees and their families, is a primary function of Communications. In this third of a seven-part series, Steve Campbell, HII’s corporate director of enterprise communications, Jaime Orlando, Technical Solutions’ senior director of communications, Bryan Moore, director of communications for Newport News Shipbuilding, and Sheila Kowalewski, digital media specialist for Ingalls Shipbuilding, share some of the tools and technologies deployed in response to COVID-19 that are transforming the way we communicate.
Transforming HII: IT Response to COVID-19
“We changed our posture from let’s have everybody be working on site, to let’s have as many people working off-site as possible, and today we have about 25% of our workforce working remotely in support of our customers and in support of the missions that our customers are asking us to support.”
— Mike Petters, HII President and CEO
Leveraging a culture conducive to transformation and collaboration, IT teams across the enterprise enabled a tenfold increase in the number of employees working remotely, while maintaining appropriate compliance and cybersecurity postures. In this second of a seven-part series, Bharat Amin, HII’s executive vice president and CIO, Brian Fields, vice president of business transformation and technology and CIO for Newport News Shipbuilding division and Noel Prevost, information systems manager for Ingalls Shipbuilding division discuss IT’s immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Transforming HII: EH&S Response to COVID-19
“Whether the pandemic was a catalyst or not, I think some of the changes in the way that we’re thinking about the problem we have, have basically energized the organization to take advantage of tools that we had been working on.”
— Mike Petters, HII President and CEO
In this first of a seven-part series, Dru Branche, director of environmental, health, safety and security for Newport News Shipbuilding division and Dr. Charles McRaney, chief medical officer for Ingalls Shipbuilding division discuss how collaboration, new technologies and an openness to transform how we do business enabled environmental, health, safety and security to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Transforming HII: Cloud Center of Excellence
Digital technology is transforming the way me meet customer expectations – with greater efficiency and more affordability. The Cloud Center of Excellence, a capability HII’s Technical Solutions division is developing, provides employees best-in-breed cybersecurity and software development tools along with quick and as-needed access to servers, databases and other IT services.
Dana McKnight, chief technology officer for Technical Solutions’ Fleet Support Group, discusses how the Cloud Center of Excellence will help employees collaborate with their customers and HII partners to develop world-class solutions while also meeting or exceeding cybersecurity compliance.
Transforming HII: SPACES
Ingalls Shipbuilding is transforming its culture to promote a safe work environment for shipbuilders through its Situational Perception and Condition Evaluation Simulator (SPACES).
Chris Buzbee, a safety engineer at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, says “SPACES is transformational because it’s putting safety in the hands of the workers and I think that’s very important. It’s giving them ownership.”
Transforming HII: KPx Digital Technology
Digital technology is transforming the way we build ships. Gordon Mount, an engineering manager at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, discusses KP Cable, a digital tool designed to drive efficiency into the cable installation process, and KP Equipment, a digital roadmap of electrical equipment being utilized on John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).
“If it’s the first time they’re going to the ship and into a certain area and they don’t know where the boxes are, they can pull up an equipment map in less than eight seconds for their box, and they can see right where all of those components are. Before, that would take a lot of research … this is the wave of the future.”
Branding and Digital Media
Digital media tools such as opt-in texting and mobile apps are transforming the way information is shared with employees and other stakeholders.
Kimberly Nastasi, communications director at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, says utilizing digital media tools is “about ensuring that the messages we have that define who we are, our mission and our purpose are reaching the stakeholders that it needs to.”
With additive manufacturing, parts are made layer by layer, which provide opportunities to incorporate new features that can’t be accomplished with traditional manufacturing, such as casting and forging.
Daniel Hebert, an engineer at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, says, “I started off on carrier new construction, and being able to reach back and see the products and the components that we worked on then, how additive can affect those, and how we’ll use additive in the future to improve those items has really been an amazing, amazing project.”
“HII has transformed its approach to employee benefits and wellness,” says Karen Velkey, corporate vice president of compensation and benefits. “We’re highlighting all of our programs across all three of the areas that we focus on, which is healthy body, healthy wallet and healthy mind.”
“BeWell” provides employees the tools to take ownership of their physical and mental health, and their financial futures. “If you really step back and if you’re able to take a look at where we were — in my case 18 years ago –it’s a huge change. We have made huge strides.”
Transforming HII, Every Single Day
“Transformation is about doing more today than you did yesterday,” HII President and CEO Mike Petters says. “Getting stronger, faster, more effective, more efficient. And with the right innovations and people, that’s what we’re doing at HII every single day.”