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  Office of Naval Research (ONR)
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
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  Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
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NRL is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development. NRL has served the Navy and the nation for 90 years and continues to meet the complex technological challenges of today's world.
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  Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL)
The Warfighting Laboratory rigorously explore and assesses Marine Corps service concepts using an integral combination of wargaming, concept-based experimentation, technology assessments, and analysis to validate, modify, or reject the concept's viability, and identify capability gaps and opportunities, in order to inform future force development.
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   Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA)
Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA) performs scheduled integrated maintenance inspection and repair, unscheduled emergency in-service repair, structural and electronic system modification, weight and balance and Non-Destructive Inspections on numerous carrier based aircraft, as well as Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) on aviation capable ships, saving the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) thousands of dollars while maintaining state-of-the art war fighting capability.

The FRCMA vision is to be an enduring World Class Aviation Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Organization, focused on leveraging the full potential of our diverse capabilities and skills with the center of our attention on war fighting mission requirements, quality products and services for our customers, and cost wise readiness. We are dedicated to delivering products and services to our customers Safely, Professionally and On-Time (SPOT).

FRCMA is the industrial leader in the region. It features Intermediate and Depot level support and its workforce is comprised of nearly 2,500 military, civil service and contract personnel who take great pride in their contributions to fleet readiness and the defense of our country.
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  Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD)
The U.S. DoD Non-Lethal Weapons Program provides our operating forces escalation-of-force options to assist in minimizing casualties and collateral damage. The Commandant of the Marine Corps serves as the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Agent. As a part of that role, the Commandant of the Marine Corps stimulates and coordinates non-lethal weapons requirements of the U.S. Armed Services and allocates resources to help meet these joint requirements.

The U.S. Armed Services work with the combatant commanders and the Executive Agent through a joint process to identify requirements and coordinate the planning, programming and funding of non-lethal weapons research, development and acquisition. Within the Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate and the Services fund science and technology, research and development, as well as test and evaluation of non-lethal weapons.

The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, located at Quantico, Va. is the Executive Agent's day-to-day management office and serves as a focal point to coordinate non-lethal weapons program activities with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Services, NATO and other government agencies.
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  Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and is responsible for providing surface ship maintenance, management and oversight of private sector maintenance, the floating Dry Dock DYNAMIC (AFDL 6), also Fleet technical assistance, technical assessments and Intermediate-level support to ships in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

MARMC Fabrication lab provides advanced digital fabrication training in a risk tolerant setting so Warfighters can take their own ideas from drawing board to prototype in support of a more efficient and effective ship maintenance and operating environment. The heart of the lab is harnessing the collective innovative power of our deck plate Sailors and Fleet operator.
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  Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)
Located at Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida; these facilities support research, development, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support of Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers. The NAWCAD is the steward of the ranges, test facilities, laboratories, and aircraft necessary to support the Fleet's acquisition requirements. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division provides a variety of services to the Department of Defense, other Federal agencies as well as non-Federal customers.

The NAWCAD is one of two product centers within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). NAVAIR, working with industry, delivers high quality, affordable products and support to the operating forces. Products and services include: aircraft, avionics, air-launched weapons, electronic warfare systems, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, launch and arresting gear, training equipment and facilities, and all other equipment related to Navy and Marine Corps air power. NAVAIR provides total life cycle support of all naval aviation weapon systems including research, design, development, and engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support. As one of the three principal stakeholders in the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), NAVAIR is responsible for development, acquisition, and life-cycle management for aviation systems.

Whenever government and industry leaders seek solutions, they can reach our top-notch people, facilities and capabilities through our NAWCAD website.
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  Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) is an organization within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development for the Department of the Navy (DoN). NAWCWD has two locations in sunny Southern California; China Lake hosting the land test range, and Point Mugu hosting the sea test range.
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  Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
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The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of commissioned officers of the Naval Service to enhance the security of the United States. In support of the foregoing, and to sustain academic excellence, NPS and the DON foster and encourage a program of relevant and meritorious research which both supports the needs of Navy and Department of Defense while building the intellectual capital of Naval Postgraduate School faculty.
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  Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock
NSWC Carderock is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and ship systems. For over 100 years, Carderock has helped preserve and enhance the nation's presence on and under the seas. NSWC Carderock is the full-spectrum research and development, test and evaluation, engineering, and Fleet support organization for the Navy's ships, submarine, military watercraft, and unmanned vehicles.
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  Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division has been a leader in the Navy's research, development, test, and evaluation process by providing independent assessment for nearly 50 years. Today, NSWC Corona is the Navy's premiere organization that enables warfighters to train, fight and win using measurement, analysis and independent assessment. NSWC Corona gauges the warfighting capability of Navy ships and aircraft by assessing weapons and integrated combat systems' performance, readiness, quality, and supportability throughout the system's entire life cycle. The command also provides critical warfighter support to the Navy and Marine Corps as the range systems engineering agent helping sustain training around the world. NSWC Corona is also the measurement and calibration engineering agent to ensure measurement accuracy for today's precise, high-tech combat and weapon systems. Headquartered in in Norco, Calif., NSWC Corona has more than 2,200 Sailors, Navy civilians and support contractors at locations across the country.
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  Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane
Located on 100 square miles in the nation's Heartland, NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory focused in supporting Special Mission, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare with innovative technical solutions. The Warfare Center’s research and development efforts center around a longstanding expertise in critical trusted electronics, electromagnetic maneuver warfare, sensor integration and specialty weapons for the Warfighter.
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  Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)
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Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) has answered the nation's call to support the warfighter since 1918. With sites at Dahlgren and Dam Neck, Virginia, NSWCDD is the Navy's leader of warfare systems integration. NSWCDD is recognized for its cutting-edge research and development capabilities and for delivery of innovative and affordable system architecture and system engineering and integration solutions for emerging warfighting and Fleet challenges.
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 Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD)
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NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and is part of the Department of the Navy's science and engineering enterprise. The Division is the leader in energetics, energetic materials, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) knowledge, tools, equipment. Our Division focuses on the research, development, test, evaluation, in- service support, and disposal of energetics and energetic systems as well as works to provide Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen worldwide with the information and technological solutions they need to detect/locate, access, identify, render safe, recover/exploit, and dispose of both conventional and unconventional explosive threats.
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  Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD)
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For 70 years, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) has served to understand the technical dimensions of warfighter requirements, to collaborate with industry, academia and other Warfare Center to develop solutions and to certify and transition safe and effective solutions to the Fleet. NSWC PCD is the Technical Center of Excellence for Littoral Warfare and Coastal Defense.
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  Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPLD)
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NSWC Philadelphia provides the Navy's primary technical expertise and facilities for both naval machinery research and development and naval machinery life cycle engineering.

NSWCPLD is responsible for the machinery systems core equity of the Ship and Ship Systems Product Area for the United States Navy and serves as a central point for academia and industry to join forces with Navy technical experts to develop solutions to needs in naval machinery. Consistent with its core equity responsibility, NAVSSES fulfills key functions including research, design, development, shipboard & land-based test and evaluation, acquisition support, in-service engineering, Fleet engineering, integrated logistics support and concepts and overall life cycle engineering.
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  Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD)
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Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) has a rich history of Fleet supporting dating back to 1963. With detachments in White Sands, New Mexico and Virginia Beach, Virginia, NSWC PHD leads the way in Test & Evaluation, In‐service Engineering and Integrated Logistics Excellence.
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  Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Keyport Division
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NUWC Division, Keyport is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) providing Fleet readiness support for submarines, torpedoes, land attack systems and Fleet training systems. We provide in-service engineering, test and evaluation, custom engineered solutions and other cutting-edge technologies that sustain and maintain our nation's Undersea Warfare Systems. America's Navy undersea superiority is our priority. NUWC Keyport is located on Puget Sound in Washington State, with locations in British Columbia, Canada, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Guam and Pennsylvania (Naval Sea Logistics Center).
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   Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Newport Division
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One of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, is the Navy's full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support center for submarine warfare systems and many other systems associated with the undersea battlespace. NUWC Division Newport provides the technical foundation that enables the conceptualization, research, development, fielding, modernization, and maintenance of systems that ensure our Navy's undersea superiority. NUWC Division Newport is responsible, cradle to grave, for all aspects of systems under its charter, and is engaged in efforts ranging from participation in fundamental research to the support of evolving operational capabilities in the U.S. Navy fleet. The major thrust of NUWC Division Newport's activities is in applied research and system development. With headquarters in Rhode Island, NUWC Division Newport operates detachments at West Palm Beach, Florida, and Andros Island in the Bahamas. Remote test facilities are located at Seneca Lake and Fisher's Island in New York, and Dodge Pond, Connecticut.
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   Navy PEO Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) Innovation Cell (IC)
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The Innovation Cell (IC) will lead the Navy’s charge into the commercially available Enterprise IT solutions arena by aligning requirements and delivering technical insight. A collective approach between the Program Management Offices (PMOs), Industry, and the IC will ensure that assessments consider acquisition criteria and tech-insertion options in support of enterprise-wide needs.
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   Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC)'s Navy Center For Innovation
Navy Warfare Development Command develops and integrates innovative solutions to complex naval warfare challenges to enhance current and future warfighting capabilities. Vision

NWDC operates at the speed of the Fleet to stay at the forefront of innovation, focused on non-material solutions for the near-term and the future. Seamlessly combining our core competencies – concepts, experimentation, modeling and simulation, doctrine and lessons learned – NWDC generates cost-effective solutions that arm the warfighter with the tools needed to meet the global challenges of the maritime environment. Our people, know- how and technology work in unison to effectively move operational capability forward … for the Fleet.
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  Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
As the Navy’s Information Dominance systems command and technical lead for C4ISR, SPAWAR (pronounced spā-wôr) provides the hardware and software to connect our warfighters at sea, on land and in the air. We support the full lifecycle of product and service delivery from the initial research and development, to acquisition and deployment, to operations and logistics support.

SPAWAR is one of three major Department of Navy acquisition commands. While other systems commands focus on tangible platforms, information is SPAWAR’s platform. Our products and services transform ships, aircraft and vehicles from individual platforms into integrated battle forces, delivering and enhancing information dominance and awareness among Navy, Marine, joint forces, federal agencies and international allies.

SPAWAR is organized into eight competencies: finance, contracts, legal, logistics and fleet support, engineering, acquisition and program management, science and technology and corporate operations. Read more about our competencies.

SPAWAR provides support to three Navy Program Executive Offices (PEOs). The program offices within these PEOs work to minimize cost while rapidly delivering products to warfighters. SPAWAR’s affiliated PEOs are:

  • PEO Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I)
  • PEO Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS)
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