Focus Area Forum: Expeditionary and Irregular Warfare
Amphibious High-Water Speed Challenge

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Save the Date: Aug. 27, 2015!

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will host its fourth Focus Area Forum on August 27. Join ONR in an exploration of amphibious high-water speed, or AHWS, a critical priority for the U.S. Marine Corps and key objective of the expeditionary and irregular warfare science and technology focus area. Register online today.

What is AHWS: Amphibious high-water speed requires technologies that enable fast, amphibious combat vehicles and systems to deliver Marines ashore quickly. Speed provides the protection and flexibility necessary to ensure that naval forces dictate tempo and enable operational maneuver from the sea. AHWS will enable real-time options to gain a positional advantage over the response of the adversary.

Why this is important: A core Marine Corps mission is to conduct forcible entry from the sea. Today's anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) threats present a significant challenge to naval forces and traditional amphibious operations, and requires power projection from the sea at greater distances. This environment necessitates longer range capability and higher water speeds for Marines operating in the maritime environment.

Objectives: This focus area forum is designed to address the technology challenges of high-speed, amphibious combat vehicle designs by providing:

  • Understanding of warfighter needs and science and technology (S&T) challenges for AHWS
  • Discussion of ongoing S&T related to the amphibious high water speed challenge
  • Exchange of new, innovative ideas and research to address AHWS capability and technology gaps

The challenge: The modern A2/AD environment challenges the naval community to rethink approaches to quickly assembling expeditionary forces ashore. Key technical areas will need to be researched to provide an affordable solution that meets challenging program objectives. S&T research of interest includes advanced hull forms/propulsor hydrodynamics, vehicle and personnel survivability/materials/structures, powertrain/power generation/fuel efficiency, human factors/habitability, and potential autonomous approaches to traversing the littorals quickly. 

Join ONR and stakeholders from across the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy and Naval Research Enterprise to explore the art of the possible in high-speed amphibious vehicle science and technology.

Agenda / Presentations:

Time Topic
8–9 a.m. Registration
9–9:10 a.m. Welcome
9:10–9:20 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:20–9:40 a.m. The Operational Need for High Water Speed
9:40–10:20 a.m. Return to Our Amphibious Roots
10:20–10:45 a.m. State of Connectors
10:45–11 a.m. Break
11–11:30 a.m. ONR High Water Speed Science and Technology Investment Strategy
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch, Poster Session
1–4 p.m. ONR High Water Speed Science and Technology Investment Areas
4–4:15 p.m. Science and Technology Opportunities
4:15–5 p.m. General Discussion
5 p.m. End

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Registration details: Register online for the free forum. Attendance will be limited due to space considerations. Check back for updates and agenda details, follow ONR on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-the minute news, or email for additional information.

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