Former U.S. Navy submarine commander shares and applies lessons learned from leading a nuclear-powered ship to the world of advanced utility operations.
As a former U.S. Navy captain with over 20 years’ experience in operating nuclear-powered submarines, Mike Varney draws insightful parallels between commanding a submarine and operating a utility. He offers relevant lessons learned from his time with the Navy, as well as a glimpse into the cuttingedge naval technologies that the utility industry is now adopting.
"While utilities may not need to worry about being hit by torpedoes, severe weather conditions like wind, ice, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes are a very real threat. And although there's nothing you can do to prevent bad weather, you can use past experience to be better prepared for it."
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About Mike Varney: Mike spent over 20 years in the U.S. Navy, where his experience included commanding the most advanced nuclear-powered submarines in complex operations around the globe, leading a special operations team in reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and directing a Naval Operations Center. He has also served as a strategic advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense, a senior evaluation officer at nuclear power plants, and an advisor to companies providing smart grid technologies to utilities. Mike holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Nuclear and Marine Engineering as well as Engineering Management. He also holds a Master’s of Science degree in National Security Strategy. Today, Mike is the senior director of strategy at Bit Stew Systems, where his knowledge of operational standards, emerging methodologies and key market drivers ensures that MIx Director™, Bit Stew’s world-leading smart grid operations platform, provides business value to utilities in the real-time network operations domain.