Future Naval Capabilities Program
Each Future Naval Capability (FNC) Enabling Capability (EC) is an aggregate of science and technology that is aligned to an identified warfighting gap or warfighting capability, and it can deliver a distinct, measurable improvement that contributes to closing the corresponding warfighting gap. FNCs manage the development of 6.2 (applied research) and 6.3 (advanced technology development) efforts to mature technology for transition to naval acquisition programs. FNC products start at a technology readiness level (TRL) of three and conclude at a TRL of six. ECs can contain one or a number of discrete but interrelated products that take into account or leverage work ongoing in other programs such as at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Navy, other service laboratories, centers of excellence and industry.
Each year, ONR initiates a multi-organization process to select new FNCs. To ensure that the Office of Naval Research's (ONR's) FNC investment contributes to the closure of identified warfighter capability gaps, potential new-start FNCs are reviewed, evaluated and prioritized by multiple two-star panels representing the Navy and Marine Corps' requirements/resource communities, systems commands, the fleet and the force. The Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department places a rigorous emphasis on buy-in by relevant stakeholders.
ONR's Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department places great emphasis on the condition that any proposed technology is derived by and meets the science and technology needs of the fleet and force. From the outset, ONR's Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department-sponsored FNCs have a clear and solid transition path to the warfighter, and each FNC is built upon a solid foundation of science and technology.
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