Naval Science and Technology Strategy
The Office of Naval Research released the updated Naval Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy in February 2015.
This fourth version of the Naval Science & Technology Strategy, which is updated biennially, identifies the strategic approach and reaffirms the principles of previous versions while adjusting to current guidance from naval leaders. It further leverages advancements in a rapidly changing landscape of new technology and reinforces commitment to basic research that underpins future innovations and affordable solutions.
The strategy guides ongoing research—about 1 percent of the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) annual budget—that enables the efforts of naval scientists and engineers across the Naval Research Enterprise. In a world increasingly interconnected by technology and globalization, DoN maintains a broad portfolio of S&T initiatives to build the future force.
S&T investment priorities are reflected in the allocation of funds across four components of ONR’s strategic portfolio, and further aligned by mapping capability gaps to nine science and technology focus areas as follows:
- Assure Access to Maritime Battlespace
- Autonomy and Unmanned Systems
- Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare
- Expeditionary and Irregular Warfare
- Information Dominance - Cyber
- Platform Design and Survivability
- Power and Energy
- Power Projection and Integrated Defense
- Warfighter Performance
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As the Department of the Navy's S&T provider, ONR identifies solutions to address Navy and Marine Corps needs. Since its establishment in 1946, ONR continues to be the first place that senior naval leadership turns to for addressing emerging technology issues and challenges. The ONR mission, defined in law, is to plan, foster and encourage scientific research in recognition of its paramount importance as related to the maintenance of future naval power, and the preservation of national security; and to manage the Navy’s basic, applied and advanced research to foster transition from S&T to higher levels of research, development, test and evaluation.