Rogers, who commutes from
The transfer of functions from other facilities meant the loss of years of knowledge since not everyone moved to
"We retained roughly 40 percent of our staff during
"It's easy to say the biggest challenge we have had to date is
Moving to a new work location is not easy. "You are engrained in that community," Rogers explained. "You have to do your job, while moving your family, changing children's schools, perhaps finding a new job for your spouse, moving into temporary housing facilities, and then moving again. It's a huge challenge."
Regarding program challenges, Hungerford said that while the packaging and handling of weapons and ammunition for the
"We can't just throw our packaging overboard. Most of our weapons live in their shipping containers, ready to be loaded into the system they were meant to be fired with," Hungerford noted.
"If something goes wrong with the weapon it can affect the whole ship. We have to carefully manage handling and arming," he said. "Onboard a ship at sea, you will experience roll, pitch and yaw which, depending on the sea state, can be significant. No matter how rough the sea state is, we have to be able to protect that weapon and the ammo from being unintentionally initiated. As a result, there is a lot of specialized equipment on a ship. Not only that, but throw in the fact that elements such as sea salt cause corrosion which creates a real maintenance nightmare. It's just a completely different environment."
"There is a goal to be able to reconstitute subject matter expertise that you lose during
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