DVIDS – News – NAVWAR data science training program continues to grow, benefiting the workforce and beyond

The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) data science training program impacted more than 900 employees across the NAVWAR enterprise and nearly 300 personnel from other Navy organizations during the course of the 2021. Known as the “Digital Transformation Learning Continuum,” these courses integrate a hands-on, theory-to-practice approach to developing the advanced analytical skills of the NAVWAR workforce.

The first version of this workshop debuted in 2019, as a two-day course where subject matter experts trained members of the workforce in basic data science concepts. Since then, the workshop has grown to include a comprehensive five-course data science training program designed to guide participants through an introduction to data science and into more advanced courses where they can use their training. for practical applications using NAVWAR data.

“This training is fundamental to developing our ability to recognize opportunities for applying advanced analytical techniques for faster, smarter decision-making,” said David Byres, Fleet and Logistics Support Program Manager for the data science training initiative.

The program’s training courses include a three-part progression of a data science fundamentals course, a hands-on data science lab, and a theory-to-practice incubator course for those wishing to apply their training to real-world projects and problem sets.

The Foundations for Data Citizens introductory course is mandatory for all employees, promoting the appropriate and responsible use of data and technology to get work done, collaborate with others, and meet new challenges. A complementary course, “Foundations of Data Analytics”, is required for all supervisor-level professionals with the aim of ensuring that supervisors and those who perform data analytics are armed with the skills necessary to improve decision-making and conduct successful operations in a data environment. driven organization.

In the wake of the pandemic, and to better accommodate the wide variety of workforce schedules, online and on-demand versions of courses have been created on the NAVWAR Udemy learning platform for Business Enterprise which NAVWAR employees can access free of charge. There are also plans to introduce new courses this year, including Python programming for data science and an in-depth introduction to artificial intelligence.

Last year, six projects were carried out as part of the laboratory and incubator courses. The lab offers case study-based training that guides participants through the lifecycle of an analytics project, from defining the problem to presenting the results. The incubator then pairs participants with data scientists and subject matter experts to apply advanced analytics techniques to address business challenges.

Employees from across the company participated in the lab and incubator courses, including Comptroller, Contracts, Logistics and Fleet Support, Engineering, Enterprise Operations, and Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic. These projects have provided useful analytics products with the potential for enterprise-wide applicability, dramatically accelerating the learning process for everyone involved and providing valuable insights that will be used to further improve courses. of training.

For fiscal year 2022, the incubator program has been expanded to include participation from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Headquarters and NAVSEA Warfare Centers. Last year, a small cohort of NAVSEA employees completed the Data Science Fundamentals workshop and advanced to the Data Science Laboratory course, where they experienced first-hand the full data science lifecycle, from defining from a problem to data acquisition, selection, development and model development. presenting their results. Two projects were launched during the first quarter of this fiscal year, with the participation of Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka, Japan and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.

“The real value of these incubator projects is that we’re trying to do data science in a NAVWAR framework with NAVWAR data,” Byres said. “Then we can take those real-world applications and put them back into our training rather than off-the-shelf examples. Therefore, other NAVWAR employees who take the introductory data science courses can see how it affects their daily work, as it uses data and challenges they know.

Going forward, NAVWAR plans to combine the lab and incubator courses into one longer class, with variations built around specific examples from previous incubator projects. There are about a dozen of these incubator projects that take real-world problems and find data science solutions to them.

Not only will the workforce be able to practice and apply the fundamentals of data science they have learned in previous courses, but the data solutions they find could benefit hundreds, if not thousands, of NAVWAR corporate employees by providing valuable analytics products.


NAVWAR identifies, develops, delivers and maintains information warfare capabilities and services that enable naval, joint, coalition and other national missions operating in the domains of warfare, from the seabed to space and through cyberspace. NAVWAR is made up of more than 11,000 civilian, active duty and reserve professionals located around the world.

Date taken: 01.12.2022
Date posted: 13.01.2022 00:18
Story ID: 412823

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