Task Force Ocean (TFO) was established in March 2017 to advance Navy-relevant ocean science through strengthened partnerships with academia and the private sector.
The Task Force is directed by Oceanographer of the Navy Rear Adm. John Okon, in close coordination with Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby. An executive steering committee includes leadership from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Pacific Fleet, U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, Undersea Warfighting Development Center, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and the U.S Coast Guard.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is seeking input on a planned Task Force Ocean (TFO) Department Research Initiative (DRI) that is expected to run from FY21-FY24. Research funded under this effort will result in new sensing, modeling and prediction techniques that will enhance our scientific understanding of a complex but coupled environment. The primary focus of the TFO DRI will be focused on a specific 100 km x 100 km area of the ocean that will be closely studied and extremely well characterized, particularly during periodic at sea measurement epochs.
Restart ONR’s Tactical Oceanography Symposia. These events will address large operational and scientific challenges for the Navy and discuss ways our academic and operational partners can assist with targeted research efforts.
Enhance ONR’s Scientists to Sea program. This program offers research partners an opportunity to experience first-hand how sailors use tactical oceanographic information. These opportunities will include:
Fund targeted research.
ONR awarded funding for 38 research projects proposed in response to the FY19 TFO Special Notice, including 18 academic institutions, 4 UARCs/FFRDCs, 4 Navy labs/centers and 3 industry partners, as well as including funding for 34 graduate students and 19 post docs.
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