Johns Hopkins APL Pilots U.S. Joint Forces Orientation Tour for Staff Members

Thu, 09/07/2023 - 11:20
Erin Copland

In June, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, piloted a program that featured an orientation tour of U.S. joint force operations for APL staff members. The goal of the program was to expose APL technical staff to the operational context of the joint force, and to interact with military personnel to gain an appreciation for their experience.

In addition to APL’s National Security Analysis Department (NSAD) facilitators, the 19 attendees included individuals from the Laboratory’s Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS), Asymmetric Operations Sector (AOS), Force Projection Sector, Information Technology Services Department and Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD).

The tour group visited several different military bases in Virginia and North Carolina over the course of four days.

“Each military service had something different planned that was just very cool every day,” said Nikki Rauser, NSAD operations coordinator and one of the tour organizers. “Everything that we did was interactive, and the participants were so engaged and asked a lot of great questions.”