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CHIPS Articles: Office of Naval Research Goal: First to Field

Office of Naval Research Goal: First to Field
By Naval Aviation Enterprise Public Affairs - August 4, 2017
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) made their biennial trek to the Office of Naval Research's Science and Technology (S&T) Expo in July to learn, educate and network.

By interacting with some of the brightest minds from around the globe, the Navy and Marine Corps continue to collaborate with industry and academia to guide future technological advances.

During the event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David Hahn unveiled his framework designed to align, allocate and accelerate technology delivery to the fleet.

"We have a great opportunity to supercharge the engine of naval research," Hahn said. "From discovery to deployment, innovative U.S. naval technology has been essential to mission success. We're going to ensure that continues."

Hahn challenged the Navy's research and development community to be the first to field decisive capabilities.

"You can certainly see the parallels to an industrial company that's moving at the speed of technology and incorporating all the digital into in a constructive way. This is similar to our thinking, as Navy leadership works to move our capital investment intensive, industrial-based enterprise to a new place without overhauling the whole thing," Hahn said. "Our old methods of thinking about it, our old methods of behavior are not going to work going forward."

CNR's new strategic direction is outlined in the "Naval Research and Development: A Framework for Accelerating to the Navy and Marine Corps after Next."

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