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CDR Henry Phillips iFest Presentation

Obstacles and Opportunities for Enterprise Training in the U.S. Navy

CDR Henry Phillips

The US Navy is on the cusp of a revolutionary change in how it delivers, manages, and assesses training for sailors across the fleet, thanks to leadership advocacy at the highest levels. The rub: Building a vision for how it should work is not the hard part. The hard part is knocking down the resourcing, administrative, and informational roadblocks preventing these needed enterprise solutions from becoming reality. Reexamination of administrative and financial authority and training policy, consideration of realistic and diverse cybersecurity needs across the enterprise, gaps in infrastructure and hardware needed for enterprise-level training delivery, the need for accommodation and planned obsolescence of legacy systems, the need for validation of training delivery and training effectiveness, and realistic acknowledgement of the differences between development in the private sector and in the government must all be taken into account. Above all, these changes must be implemented without destroying the existing training delivery capabilities. This talk is about the hard questions we need to be asking if we are to have any hope of achieving the CNO’s vision for the future of training.


CDR Henry Phillips is currently assigned to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) as Military Deputy for Research and Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston, and was winged as Aerospace Experimental Psychologist #119 on 25 January 2002. CDR Phillips has over 35 peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, and conference presentations in the areas of individual and team training, medical modeling and simulation, item response theory, personnel selection, and psychometric instrument development.


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