Spanning the Gap

Tech Bridges


The 2018 National Defense Strategy was a call to the Department of Defense to find ways to harness innovation in private businesses and academia to better serve and protect our country. As a response, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN RDA), Hon. James 'Hondo' Geurts, established NavalX in February 2019 to expand the Department of the Navy's (DON) capabilities. NavalX connects both the internal DON and external DON partners to increase awareness and access to best practices and technologies.

With strong partnership from the Office of Naval Research, NavalX Tech Bridges will CONNECT, REINFORCE, and SUSTAIN acceleration ecosystems in off-base locations across the DON. These Tech Bridges will partner with start-ups, academia, corporations, small businesses, non-profits, private capital, and government entities. In this way, NavalX builds sustainable networks for collaboration and accelerates problem solving. NavalX works with partners to support collision spaces and generate dual-use solutions. These spaces will lower barriers that traditionally hamper external collaboration.

Core Elements of a Tech Bridge:

What Tech Bridges Gain from NavalX Support:

401 Tech Bridge Logo 401 Tech Bridge at Newport, RI

The 401 Tech Bridge is anchored by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport, taking advantage of large investment in local innovation centers, allowing industry partners and the Navy to collaborate on challenges.

Central Florida Tech Bridge Logo Central Florida Tech Bridge at Orlando, FL

The Central Florida Tech Bridge is located near the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, taking advantage of long-stand collaborative relationships with major universities, all Military services, and various government agencies.

Midwest Tech Bridge Logo Midwest Tech Bridge at Crane, IN

The Midwest Tech Bridge is located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, enabling partnerships with industry in the Commands mission sets of Strategic Missions, Electronic Warfare, and Expeditionary Warfare.

Northwest Tech Bridge Logo Northwest Tech Bridge at Keyport, WA

The Northwest Tech Bridge is located near the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, facilitating partnerships with academia and industry supporting rapid collaborations, workshops, and problem-solving events.

SoCal Tech Bridge Logo Palmetto Tech Bridge at Charleston, SC

The Palmetto Tech Bridge is the next step in the continuing evolution of Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic’s engagement with leading academic research institutions, world-class industry partners, renowned federal labs and forward-thinking state organizations.

SoCal Tech Bridge Logo SoCal Tech Bridge at San Diego, CA

The SoCal Tech Bridge is anchored by the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, connecting industry and academic partners with Naval warfighters to solve challenges in new and innovative ways.