• In over 20 years of implementing Naval continuous improvement processes, I've never seen anything take hold — and stick — not just as quick but with the depth and breadth of Lean Six Sigma.

    - Kurt Doehnert
    U.S. Naval Shipyard Representative
    Task Force Lean
NAVSEA Realizes More Than $200M In Cost Reduction

NAVSEA realizes more than $200 million in cost reductions, after  implementation costs

U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is a 50,000-person, multi-site organization responsible for sustaining our nation’s carrier, surface, and submarine fleets. In 2004 NAVSEA selected BESCORP to plan, guide, and mentor the implementation of Lean Six Sigma throughout the full Command to transform the culture and some of the most complex and sophisticated value-streams in the world. This highly successful roll-out is still paying the Navy dividends today.


Beginning in the fall of 2004, Lean Six Sigma was systematically rolled-out to more than 30 locations. By the end of 2005:

  • NAVSEA was aligned top to bottom on a clear, concise vision of “True North”
  • More than 1,000 Green Belts and Black Belts had been certified through the Navy Lean Six Sigma College
  • More than 14,000 personnel received Basic Awareness training
  • Lean Champion training was completed by more than 500 command officers, senior executives, and middle managers.
  • Transformation plans were developed for more than 100 value streams
  • Over 500 improvement activities were completed


Jim Brice, Director of Task Force Lean stated “NAVSEA has introduced Lean Six Sigma in more than 30 of its organizations. In the first year it’s already producing tangible results, saving over $200 million on more than 500 projects.”