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CHIPS Articles: CNR to Talk Autonomy, Acceleration & Acquisition at Sea-Air-Space

CNR to Talk Autonomy, Acceleration & Acquisition at Sea-Air-Space
By Bobby Cummings, Office of Naval Research - April 6, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va. — What does the future entail for the U.S. Navy? What new technology will alter tomorrow’s maritime warfare? How do we quickly deliver new capabilities to the warfighter?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed during multiple panels featuring Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, and leadership from the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE), at the Navy League’s Global Maritime Exposition Sea-Air-Space, April 9-11, at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Initially, Hahn on April 10 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. will present the NRE leadership team for a discussion on accelerating innovation to be first to field.

The NRE includes the Office of Naval Research (ONR), ONR Global and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Each of these entities spearheads efforts to modernize the U.S. Navy and ignite future innovation.

“Naval capabilities begin with the NRE,” said Hahn. “In this technology-driven era, with new global competition, we must go beyond traditional boundaries, reducing the time it takes to deliver capabilities into the hands of naval warfighters. These will be important discussions at Sea-Air-Space.”

Hahn will also be on three Sea-Air-Space panels — the first on April 10 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., where he will be a featured guest speaker on the importance of “Cross-Domain Integration.”

On April 11, from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m., Hahn — along with Brig. Gen. Christian F. Wortman, vice chief of naval research, and commander, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab — will discuss “Unmanned Autonomous Systems.”

Also on April 11, Hahn with other leaders will deliver remarks on “Accelerated Acquisition,” from 10:45 a.m. to noon.

Additionally, the Department of the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs (SBIR/STTR) forum will be held concurrently at the Gaylord Convention Center April 9-11. On April 9 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Hahn will be the moderator for a session on “How Small Business and SBIR/STTR Practices Ensure Faster Integration of Innovation.”

Near the conclusion of each day at the ONR booth, a demonstration of the Man-portable Tactical Autonomous System (MANTAS) unmanned surface vehicle (USV) will be live-streamed from the National Harbor area, showcasing the autonomy suite Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, or CARACAS.

Of particular interest to naval innovators, Dr. Richard Carlin, head of ONR’s Sea Warfare and Weapons Department, and Pete Newell, Managing Partner, BMNT, will discuss the Naval Innovation Process Adoption, or NIPA, program they recently launched. Their panel “How the Navy is Learning to Innovate Like a Startup,” will occur April 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

NIPA is designed to streamline innovation, and swiftly deliver new capabilities to America’s Sailors and Marines.

According to the National Defense Strategy, the security environment is affected by rapid technological advancements and the changing character of war. The drive to develop new technologies is relentless, expanding to more actors with lower barriers of entry, and moving at accelerating speed.

The NRE mission is to outpace adversaries, and be the first to field decisive capabilities.

NRE Amphitheatre Presentations (Booth No. 1004)

Monday, April 9

0930-0945 “CT Analyst”- Mr. Adam Moses
0945-1000 “Future Robotics” - Dr. Glen Henshaw
1000-1015 “Future Photovoltaics” - Dr. Phillip Jenkins
1015-1030 “Applied materials concepts” - Dr. James Wynne
1300-1330 “Maritime Domain Awareness and Marine Mammal Interactions” - Mr. Alan Hope
1330-1400 “Free to Pitch Propeller for Wide Envelope Efficiency,” - Mr. Stearns Heinzen

Tuesday, April 10

0930-1015 “Chief of Naval Research Presents the Naval Research Enterprise Team for a Discussion on Accelerating Innovation to be First to Field” - Dr. David Walker, Capt. Kevin Quarderer, Dr. Patricia Gruber, Capt. Scott D. Moran, Dr. Bruce Danly
1300-1315 “Materials Research for Naval Platforms” - Dr. Matthew Laskoski
1315-1330 “Carbon Collection from Seawater” - Dr. Heather Willauer
1330-1345 “Self-Decontaminating Fabrics” - Dr. Brandy J. White
1345-1400 “A Single-Frequency Impedance Diagnostic for State-of-Health Determination in Li-ion 4P1S Battery Packs” - Dr. Brett Huhman

Wednesday, April 11

0930-0945 “CT Analyst”- Mr. Adam Moses
0930-1030 “How the Navy is Learning to Innovate Like a Startup” - Dr. Richard Carlin, Mr. Pete Newell
1030-1100 “Black Ghost: Efficient Small Gas Turbine Engine Technology,”- Dr. Michael Vick
1100-1130 “Seeing underwater in a new way,” - Dr. Brian Houston
1300-1330 “Space Solar and Power Beaming” - Dr. Paul Jaffe

Sea Air Space Panels

Tuesday, April 10

1530-1645 “Cross Domain Integration” - Maj. Gen. David W. Coffman, Rear Adm. Brian B. Brown, Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, Rear Adm. James W. Kilby, Rear Adm. John W. Tammen, Rear Adm. Ronald A. Boxall, Rear Adm. Scott D. Conn

Wednesday, April 11

0915-1030 “Unmanned Autonomous Systems”- Brig. Gen. Christian F. Wortman, Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, Rear Adm. Mark W. Darrah, Rear Adm. Michael P. Ryan
1045-1200 “Accelerated Acquisition”- Brig. Gen. Joseph Shrader, Mr. Michael W. Derrios, Mr. William P. Bray, Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, Rear Adm. Douglas W. Small

Bobby Cummings is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

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.

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