ONR at 75: Virtual Anniversary Event to Highlight Future of Naval Power

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 27, 2021

By the Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va.—On Thursday, Sept. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., senior naval and congressional leaders will participate in a special Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored virtual event to discuss “The Future of Warfare.”

Held in honor of ONR’s 75th anniversary, the event is titled “ONR at 75: Reimagine Naval Power.” It will feature remarks from the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, and from the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, the Hon. Jay Stefany. 

A panel discussion will follow, featuring two members of the U.S. Congress—Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), both on the House Armed Services Committee—as well as Vice Chief of Naval Research Brig. Gen. Benjamin Watson and Dr. Jason Stack, ONR Director for Ocean, Atmosphere and Space Research. The panel, titled “The Future of Warfare,” will be led by Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby. 

The event is free and open to the public.

“This virtual celebration presents a great opportunity to commemorate ONR’s legacy of innovation and forward-thinking, while looking ahead to whole new worlds of innovation for the Navy and Marine Corps,” said Selby. “The esteemed speakers and panelists participating in this event will outline the ways that technology and research are changing the face of the future force and CONOPS.”

All attendees will have the opportunity to ask virtual questions of the panelists.

Established in 1946, ONR-sponsored science and technology has laid the foundation for the first digital, real-time computing systems; invested in early groundbreaking research in artificial intelligence and directed energy; and helped create the first autonomous vehicles and robotic systems.

Today, ONR promotes aggressive portfolios in all of these areas and many more, contributing to the creation of a next-generation force where artificial intelligence; biotechnology; quantum computing; and space, cyber and electronic warfare will all play decisive roles. In 2021 alone, ONR technologies played the key role in the unmanned-focused Integrated Battle Problem 21 (IBP-21); tested the most powerful solid-state laser in the U.S. Navy on a ship; and led impressive new efforts for Naval STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions, among many other milestones.

Details about the Sept. 30 event are below. The link can be accessed at https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1498914&tp_key=b3e000f966.

For more information, contact onrpublicaffairs@navy.mil.   

Agenda: Sept. 30, 2021, 10:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

Welcome:        Dr. Douglas Blake, ONR Executive Director (acting)

Video: “ONR at 75” video premiere, with introduction by Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby, Chief of Naval Research

Keynote: Adm. Michael M. Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations

Keynote: The Hon. Frederick J. (Jay) Stefany, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (acting)

Panel: The Future of Warfare:

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), House Armed Services Committee
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), House Armed Services Committee 
Brig. Gen. Benjamin Watson, Vice Chief of Naval Research
Dr. Jason Stack, ONR Director for Ocean, Atmosphere and Space Research, and Chair of the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Strategy Development Team 

Closing Remarks: Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby, Chief of Naval Research

About the Office of Naval Research

The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 55 countries, 634 institutions of higher learning and nonprofit institutions, and more than 960 industry partners. ONR, through its commands, including headquarters, ONR Global and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., employs more than 3,800 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel.

 
ONR at 75
Office of Naval Research
Corporate Strategic Communications 
875 N. Randolph St., #1225-D
Arlington, Va., 22203-1771
Office: (703) 696-5031
Fax: (703) 696-5940
E-mail: onrpublicaffairs@navy.mil
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