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As the Navy has implemented its Maritime Operations Center (MOC) concept, a significant amount of resources have been allocated to train and educate commissioned officers to improve their ability to plan and execute on operational-level-of-war (OLW) staffs. However, while the workload around the fleets seems to be ever increasing, manning levels remain the same. One group that can ease the growing burden on fleet staffs is Chief Petty Officers. Throughout the Navy, Chiefs are an indispensable, valued resource. Unfortunately, to date, these talented men and women have not been fully utilized in support of either MOC processes or planning teams. Given the fiscally constrained environment that is expected to extend into the foreseeable future, the time is ripe for the Navy to explore the idea that Chiefs can add significant value to the MOCs over and above their current contributions.

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