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News | June 13, 2017

Judge Advocate Named SECNAV Innovation Winner

By Navy JAG Corps Public Affairs

Lt. Andrea Logan, Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington, was named a Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Innovation Award winner in the Innovation Scholar (PME) Category during a ceremony at the Pentagon on June 5.

The ceremony was officiated by the Under Secretary of the Navy Mr. Thomas Dee. The SECNAV Innovation Awards were established by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to recognize leading innovators within the Department of the Navy (DON) and to incentivize innovation.

The awards program seeks to recognize top DON individuals or teams who have made significant achievements in the following areas: Innovation Leadership, Innovation Catalyst, Data Analytics, Technology Development, Automated Process Development, Innovation Scholar (PME/MIDN), Enlisted Innovator, and Outside the Box.

"It is a privilege to represent the JAG Corps community as a winner of the SECNAV 2016 Innovation awards," said Logan. Innovation Scholar (PME) recognizes top academic achievements by naval officers and enlisted personnel in professional military education (PME) programs. Logan, a native of Santa Barbara, Calif., was honored for her thesis titled, "Human-Machine Teaming at Sea: A Model for Unmanned Maritime Systems and the Use of Force." 

Logan wrote her thesis while getting her LLM at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS).  Her thesis paper considers what the legal and ethical model for the use of unmanned maritime capabilities looks like in 5, 10, and 20 years from now. Logan's motivation to write her thesis came from Frank Kelley, Jr., USN DASN for Unmanned Systems. She heard him speak at a conference, and it inspired her to research the legal aspects of how we use these emerging unmanned maritime capabilities in naval warfare.

"I am glad the paper was useful to our warfighters," said Logan.  "I could not have written it without the support of the Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO) and TJAGLCS."  
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