NAVSUP Showcases Innovation at Sea Air Space Expo 2019

By Matt Morrison, Office of Corporate Communications, Naval Supply Systems Command

NAVSUP showcased innovative technology and processes at this year’s Sea Air Space Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.

NAVSUP showcased innovative technology and processes May 6-8 at the Sea Air Space Exposition 2019, in the Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland


Featured in NAVSUP’s booth this year was the latest information on NAVSUP’s reform initiative. NAVSUP’s reform program is advancing with a series of initiatives to build on the efforts started in 2018. These initiatives are designed to enable audit and inventory accountability, aggressively accelerate contracting speed, deliver on our end-to-end supply chain integrator role, organize internally to deliver on fleet needs, enable the deck plate, and get more from the supply base. These efforts will improve warfighter readiness and lethality, and enable NAVSUP to improve business processes and better align with its customers in delivering supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and Joint warfighters around the world. NAVSUP is the single point of accountability for the integrated Navy supply chain with full audit compliance.

NAVSUP also demonstrated the latest in Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) technology at the expo. AMR is an emerging technology that provides a powerful toolset to collect, monitor and react to important information regarding asset location. The AMR uses onboard radio frequency identification (RFID) readers to gather data from passive RFID tags placed on materiel in our warehouses. This provides the ability to constantly collect inventory data and immediately react to discrepancies. This solution does not require an expensive fixed infrastructure to deploy and will enable NAVSUP to perform wall-to-wall inventories on a regular basis and exceed inventory validity goals.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A) James F. Geurts stopped by the booth to talk Autonomous Robot Technology with Commander, NAVSUP Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic and Capt. Gene Cash.


Representatives from the NAVSUP Office of Small Business Programs were also in the booth sharing information on NAVSUP initiatives that offer procurement opportunities to small business. The office of small business is committed to maximizing procurement opportunities for all small business concerns and minority serving educational institutions. This effort is in support of the Secretary of the Navy’s goal to identify and develop small businesses that can support the NAVSUP mission and the Navy/Marine Corps force for tomorrow. NAVSUP’s procurement includes weapon systems spares and repair parts, Navy medical supplies and services, and commercial supplies and services that support the fleet.

Sea Air Space is the largest maritime exposition in the United States and is an extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support. The expo features the most current information and technology relevant to maritime policy.

–photos by Lee Mundy

Summer 2019