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(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.

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2017 Naval Future Force S&T EXPO

Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, Co-sponsored by ASNE

ONR's biennial 2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO will take place July 20-21, 2017. The event will be held in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The venue has yet to be determined.

The Expo is the premier S&T event for the Navy and Marine Corps. It draws several thousand attendees and is designed to support the objectives of the Naval S&T Strategy.

Stay tuned for event details

Research Targets Ship Biofouling


Individually, tiny barnacles pose little threat to hulking U.S. Navy ships. But when clustered in thick clumps on a vessel’s hull—a natural occurrence called biofouling—these sticky crustaceans can slow the ship and increase its fuel consumption by 40 percent.

To deal with this small yet expensive pest, ONR is sponsoring work by Dr. Xuanhe Zhao, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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