Focus Area Forum: Power and Energy

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) hosted its fifth Focus Area Forum on October 29. ONR leadership, including Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter, highlighted Power and Energy (P&E) and addressed major P&E science and technology challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps today and in the future.

Objectives: This focus area forum was designed to address the naval science and technology P&E portfolio; identify key challenges and opportunities for the future; and engage with industry/academia on future P&E challenges for surface combatants. Topics included:

  • The emergence of high-power-demand-weapons, sensors, combat systems, and their impact on current and future surface combatant electrical architectures;
  • The need for advanced electrical architectures to address future ship service, propulsion and pulse power load demands;
  • An overview of the P&E portfolio, identifying future opportunity areas for academia and industry.

Participants included stakeholders from Navy labs, DoD, academia and industry; as well as leaders in electrical system research and development in the expeditionary and maritime environments.

Agenda / Presentations:

Time Topic Presenters
7:30–8:30 a.m. Registration Networking with ONR leadership and forum participants
8:30–8:35 a.m. Introduction & Logistics Dr. Rich Carlin, Dept. Head, ONR Sea Warfare and Weapons
8:35–8:45 a.m. Welcome/Power & Energy Overview Rear Adm. Mat Winter, Chief of Naval Research, Office of Naval Research (ONR)
8:45–9:15 a.m. SECNAV Perspectives on P&E Hon. Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)
9:15–9:35 a.m. Naval Task Force Energy Perspectives Rear Adm. Doug Morton, Director, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division
9:35–9:55 a.m. Naval Combat Power Perspective Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller, Deputy Commander, Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command
9:55–10:15 a.m. USMC Expeditionary Power Perspective Col Jim Caley, Director, United States Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office
10:15–10:30 a.m. Break


10:30–11:30 a.m. Panel: Platform P&E Science and Technology Challenges
  • Dr. Rich Carlin, Dept. Head, ONR Sea Warfare and Weapons (moderator)
  • Billy Short, Program Officer, ONR Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism
  • Dr. Frank Herr, Dept. Head, ONR Ocean Battlespace Sensing
  • Dr. Tom Beutner, Dept. Head, ONR Naval Air Warfare and Weapons
  • Dr. Tom Killion, Director, ONR Office of Technology
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Panel: ONR P&E Portfolio and Future Science and Technology Opportunities
  • Dr. Scott Coombe, ONR Sea Warfare and Weapons
  • Billy Short, ONR Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism
  • Dr. Knox Millsaps, ONR Naval Air Warfare and Weapons
12:30–2 p.m. Lunch, Poster Session


2–2:30 p.m. Introduction to The Future P&E Science and Technology Challenge for Surface Combatants Joe Borraccini, ONR Sea Warfare and Weapons
2:30–4:30 p.m. Panel: Future P&E Challenge for Surface Combatants
  • Joe Borraccini, ONR Sea Warfare and Weapons (moderator)
  • CDR Kyle Gantt, N96, Surface Warfare
  • CDR Cara Lapointe, PMS 320, Electric Ships Office
  • Dr. John Amy, SEA 95
  • Dr. Norbert Doerry, SEA 05T, Naval Systems Engineering Directorate, Technology Office
  • Steven Wynn, SEA 05D1, Future Ship & Force Architecture Concepts Division
4:30 p.m. End


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