About ONR

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As an executive branch agency within the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) supports the President's budget. ONR provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy.

An Organizing Strategy

The 2011 Naval Science and Technology Strategic Plan describes ONR's investments in 13 technology focus areas that will enable the future operational concepts of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Additionally, ONR supports technologies for the U.S. Marine Corps.


ONR reports to the Secretary of the Navy through the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. Led by the Chief of Naval Research, its senior leadership oversees a portfolio of investments ranging from immediate, quick-turnaround technologies to long term basic research.

Congressional Testimony

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