The Office of Naval Research (ONR) coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
(30) Develops and transitions technologies to enable the Navy-Marine Corps team to win and survive on the battlefield, today and tomorrow.
(31) Supports the development of advanced electronics, communications, surveillance and navigational tools that provide the Navy with a battlefield advantage.
(32) Equips the Navy with technologies designed to observe, model and predict air, ocean and shore environments, and detect underwater threats.
(33) Develops and delivers technologies that enable superior warfighting and energy capabilities for naval forces, platforms and undersea weaponry.
(34) Enhances warfighter effectiveness and efficiency through bioengineered and biorobotic systems, medical technologies, improved manpower, personnel, training and system design.
(35) Supports the Navy’s power project needs, fostering the technology development of naval aircraft, structures, propulsion, autonomy, energetic, directed energy and electric weapons.


ONR’s directorates balance a robust science and technology (S&T) portfolio, allocating funds to meet the warfighter's requirements.

ONR Global

Navy Researchers Investigate Arctic Thaw

Image - researchers in the ArcticAt left, researchers work to place sensors in the ice of the Arctic Ocean. The work is part of new efforts by the Office of Naval Research to determine the pace at which sea ice is receding and provide tools to help the Navy better predict conditions and operate in once-inaccessible waters.

Scientists have traveled to the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean to deploy sesors to compile and coordinate new data on rapidly changing conditions, particularly as it applies to the Marginal Ice Zone, where ice and open ocean meet.

(Photo by Bill Shaw, Naval Postgraduate School)

ONR Hits the Road

Navy Week Dallas/Fort Worth (Details)
April 21-27, 2014

USA Science and Engineering Festival (Details)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
April 26-27, 2014

Fleet Week New York (Details)
May 20-27, 2014

Navy Week Pittsburgh (Details)
June 2-8, 2014

Deployment Nears for Laser Weapon

Image - Laser Weapon SystemAs Navy leaders gather this week at the 2014 Sea-Air-Space Expo in National Harbor, Md., engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer, fulfilling plans announced by the chief of naval operations a year ago at the expo.

The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf. At about $1 per shot, the laser offers Sailors an affordable and revolutionary way to counter a variety of threats, from unmanned aircraft to small attack boats.

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