Part of the Office of Naval Research’s quick reaction science and technology initiative, SwampWorks explores innovative, high-risk and disruptive technologies and concepts, and falls under portfolio of the director of innovation.
SwampWorks efforts have flexibility in planning and execution, with a streamlined approval process, thus shortening the innovation time cycle. Because of the the portfolio’s high-risk nature, SwampWorks may leverage short exploratory studies to examine the maturation of a proposed technology before making substantial investments.
Historically, 75 percent of SwampWorks projects transition to the warfighter, but the program does not have a transition mandate, allowing for more flexibility and risk. SwampWorks products frequently are inserted into fleet experimentation and, if successful, can provide the impetus for new acquisition requirements.
SwampWorks is not limited to any set of technology areas. Open to great ideas all year long, the program invests in innovative technology development and experimentation that will ultimately provide a dramatic improvement for the warfighter. Efforts are intended to produce results in less than three years; in support of this mission, SwampWorks is organized into two functional areas:
- SwampWorks: Develops and demonstrates newly invented or recently discovered technologies that address emergent and enduring operational problems in an accelerated time frame
- Naval Warfare Experimentation: Develops prototypes using recent technology breakthroughs, and provides them to the warfighter for experimentation during fleet battle experiments, limited objective experiments or sea trials