ONR celebrates 70 years of innovation in 2016. For seven decades, ONR has been leading the discovery, development and delivery of technology innovations for the Navy and Marine Corps. Learn more
(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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Perspectives on ONR's Legacy

Nobel-prize winning physicist Dr. William D. Phillips"Today, the science and technology that developed out of ONR-funded laser cooling programs enable the best atomic clocks of the U.S. Naval Observatory, providing military timekeeping for the nation."

Dr. William D. Phillips
Nobel-prize winning physicist
Joint Quantum Institute
National Institute of Standards and Technology
and University of Maryland

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Link Between Stomach Bacteria, PTSD

Gut Microbe

Researchers at The Brain-Body Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada are studying the gut-brain-mood connection, and have shown that restoring the diversity of gut bacteria in mice can lead to improved behavior. Their research, sponsored by ONR, is closely examining related chemical biomarkers that could one day be useful for understanding, predicting and treating PTSD in humans.

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