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ONR 301 Hybrid Complex Warfare Division – ONR 301

Hybrid Complex Warfare Division – ONR 301

Division Director: Dr. Paul Zablocky



ONR 301 programs span basic research, applied research and advanced technology development. In addition to the types of research, ONR 301 considers and balances both “push” and “pull” aspects of technology projects. The push aspect, investigates a breakthrough or innovation that could stimulate a potentially game-changing technology idea absent a developed military concept or requirement. Projects are pursued in these areas to a point where the new technology can be conceptualized, demonstrated and assessed by warfighters. The pull aspect takes place  where the warfighter has more explicit requirements-based gaps that need to be filled by additional research and development. ONR 301 focuses on these gaps with a drive to provide solutions that can be transitioned into existing and future acquisition programs. In both push and pull, ONR 301 strives for projects that exploit opportunities to solve challenges with the most operational impact.


The ONR 301 team chooses a subset of scientific disciplines that best addresses Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare. Each discipline contains several research lanes and technology areas that guide investment. Below are the ONR 301 program officers and their respective areas of responsibility.




Command, Control, Communication and Computers (C4), Electronic Warfare and Electromagnetics

Program Officer: Dr. Dan Purdy

  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Communications Systems Signal Processing
  • Communications Theory
  • Data Networking
  • Information Theory
  • Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT)
  • Radio Frequency (RF) Devices
  • Software-defined Radio (SDR)


Decision Support, AI, Machine Learning and Graph Analysis

Program Officer: Mr. Martin Kruger

  • Data Science and Big Data Analytics
  • Electro-Optics, Infrared and Radio Frequency Signal Processing
  • Image Classification
  • Low Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) Hardware for Sensor Signal Processing
  • Machine Learning and Modeling
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Remote Sensing


Robotics and Autonomy

Program Officer: Dr. Michael Qin

  • Autonomy Algorithms (Perception and Cognition)
  • Navigation, Kinematics, Dynamics and Control
  • Robotics
  • Sensors for Robotic Systems


Physical Systems Cyber

Program Officer: Dr. Waleed Barnawi

  • Adversarial Thinking
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Computer Science
  • Data Network Sensors
  • Defense in Depth Security Architectures
  • Dynamic Application Security Testing
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Software-defined Networks
  • Static Application Security Testing
  • Threat Modeling


Energetics, Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC), Targeting and Fire Control Science and Technology

Program Officer: Mr. Dan Simons

  • Aerodynamics
  • Control Theory and Systems Integration
  • Energetic Materials and Chemistry
  • Highly-robust Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Devices for Position, Navigation and Timing Applications on Rockets, Artillery and Mortars; and for Munitions Safety and Arming Devices and Fuses
  • Highly-robust Seekers (Electro-optic, Infrared and Radio Frequency) and Sensors for Rockets, Artillery, Mortars and Other Munitions Applications, and for Target Detection and Recognition Devices
  • Material Failure and Fracture Dynamics
  • Materials Science
  • Propulsion and Gas Dynamics


Manufacturing, Maintenance and Logistics

Program Officer: Mr. Billy Short

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Condition-based Maintenance and System Health Monitoring
  • Efficient Energy Generation
  • Novel Energy Harvesting Techniques
  • Solar Cell Chemistry, Physics and Manufacturing


Human Performance, Training and Education (HPT&E)

Program Officer: Dr. Peter Squire

  • Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality Technologies
  • Immersive Sciences
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Psychology, Psychometrics and Cognitive Sciences
  • Science of Learning and Decision-Making
  • Synthetic Vision and Visualization


Advanced Electronic, Photonic and Hybrid Sensing

Program Officer: Dr. Joong Kim

  • Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Chemistry, Propellants and Energetic Materials
  • Directed Energy Sub-systems
  • High Energy Lasers
  • High Power Radio Frequency Generation
  • Material Science


Amphibious Hydromechanics, Counter Detection and Protection Materials

Program Officer: Mr. Troy Hendricks

  • Ballistics
  • Control Theory and Systems
  • Electro-Optics and Infrared Sensors
  • Energetic Materials
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Material Science
  • RADAR Sensor Signal Processing
  • Tracking Algorithms



Program Officer: Mr. Jeff Bradel

  • Amphibious Vehicle Design
  • Efficient Energy Generation
  • Mechanical Engineering, Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Terra-mechanics
  • Vehicle Architecture
  • Vehicle Power Electronics
  • Vehicle Power Train and Suspension


Non-linear Physics

Program Officer: Dr. Mike Shlesinger

  • Lasers, Plasmonics and Quantum Optics
  • Non-linear Oscillators
  • Neurocomputing



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