ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - November 4, 2008 - Rear Admiral Nevin P. Carr, Jr. is set to take the helm at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in December. His appointment as the 23rd Chief of Naval Research (CNR) came as one of four flag officer assignments announced Thursday by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) ADM Gary Roughead.
"RDML Carr is the right officer for this challenging and important job,” noted Roughead. “I look forward to future successes as he builds upon the legacy left by RADM Bill Landay and the Chiefs of Naval Research that were before him."
A 29-year Navy veteran, RDML Carr currently heads the Navy International Programs Office (NIPO). He will transition out of this role to lead ONR in its delivery of innovative, cutting edge science and technology to the Fleet and Marine Corps. In particular, his success leading NIPO’s broad spectrum of professionals and organizations throughout DoD and industry in the delivery of foreign military sales, management of cooperative programs, cultivation of critical partnerships and protection of key technologies awaiting transfer have ideally poised him for the role of CNR. Carr’s track record of leadership ashore and at sea includes multiple tours aboard eight surface vessels including destroyers, guided missile destroyer, cruisers and an aircraft carrier. Under his command, the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) both won Battle 'E's and Golden Anchors. While in command of Cape St. George, the ship participated in combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In remarks this spring, the CNO discussed the importance of sustaining the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps warfighting edge with a concept he branded as "The Next Big Thing." ADM Roughead defines this effort as delivering ground-breaking ideas and technologies that equip the warfighter with technological advantages over adversaries, the environment and challenges faced in the range of missions in which U.S. armed forces are involved today.
"We have seen many great technological advances delivered by ONR to the Fleet. The hard work, insight, intellect and commitment of the men and women of ONR will continue to bring immense value to the Navy and Marine Corps as they reach out to explore the ideas and technologies that will develop 'The Next Big Thing'," said Roughead.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) manages science and technology research for the Navy and Marine Corps. ONR sponsors basic and applied research in oceanography, advanced materials, sensors, robotics, biomedical science and technology, electronics, surveillance, mathematics, manufacturing technology, information science, advanced combat systems, and technologies for ships, submarines, aircraft, ground vehicles—and much more. For information about ONR's programs, go to http://www.onr.navy.mil.