Office of Naval Research

June 1, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) adapted Microsoft’s multipurpose HoloLens augmented reality headset for military training. The ONR created a comprehensive Augmented Immersive Team Training (AITT) system that pairs the technology with a laptop, software, battery pack and quadcopters to support forward-observer training in live field environments.

There is a huge difference for combat troops between being told a mortar has destroyed their command outpost and seeing the destruction firsthand. Certainly, blowing things up comes with a variety of risks and costs. This is one key reason that the U.S. Defense Department has turned to augmented reality technologies for many of its operational tasks. 

March 30, 2017

Phoenix International Holdings Inc.,* Largo, Maryland, being awarded a $14,518,512 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the science and technology research concerning the development of an unmanned underwater vehicle-based sensor system testbed and evaluation of advanced sensor and autonomy modules. There are no option periods. Work will be performed in Largo, Maryland, and work is expected to be completed March 24, 2022. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $148,000 will be obligated at the time of award. The funds will expire at end of the current fiscal year.

March 3, 2017

Hadal Inc., Oakland, California, is being awarded a $14,171,492 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the science and technology research of the Office of Naval Research Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Innovative Naval Prototypes program. This contract contains options that, if exercised, will bring the total cumulative value to $39,068,913. Work will be performed in Oakland and is expected to be completed by February 28, 2021. If all options are exercised, the work will continue through February 28, 2022. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $50,000 will be obligated at the time of award. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

February 8, 2017

Raytheon Co., Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $11,778,274 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide communications and interoperability for integrated fires in support of the Office of Naval Research. The future naval capability will develop networking and communications enhancements to enable next-generation sensor netting, electromagnetic maneuver warfare and integrated fires across the force. Work will be performed in St. Petersburg, Florida (35 percent); Largo, Florida (29 percent); El Segundo, California (27 percent); and Tewksbury, Massachusetts (9 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2020.

February 1, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
This image captures the results of an experiment conducted at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where scientists set up radio sensors around buildings to test whether they could locate a small transmitter by listening for its emissions. They located the transmitter, but they were less successful as the emissions got farther away. An algorithm under development could help locate an emitter with a network of inexpensive power sensors.

Advances in a plethora of military communication and situational awareness platforms have created unintended repercussions for the U.S. Navy, from the “forest of antennas” that can consume a ship’s deck to the debilitating effects of radio interference that clog airwaves and impede critical links to vessels, aircraft, drones and even satellites. Navy engineers are toiling on a handful of projects to ensure effective and secure communication links, which are so fundamental to military operations. 

October 31, 2016

General Dynamics Mission Systems Maritime and Strategic Systems, McLeansville, North Carolina, is being awarded an $18,882,390 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract to provide Deep Reliable Acoustic Path Exploitation System (DRAPES) array hardware, design and construction of the DRAPES dummy array, development assistance of deployment procedures and the design modification, and construction and demonstration of three DRAPES arrays deployed in a field configuration with telemetry presented for processing at Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF). Work will be performed in McLeansville, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed by October 27, 2020. Fiscal 2017 research, development test

October 25, 2016

Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, USN, will be assigned as chief of naval research, Arlington, Virginia.

April 26, 2016

Lockheed Martin, Moorestown, New Jersey (N00014-16-D-2002); ArgonST, Fairfax, Virginia (N00014-16-D-2003); Northrop Grumman, Linthicum, Maryland (N00014-16-D-2004); Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Advanced Technology Programs, Tewksbury, Massachusetts (N00014-16-D-2005); EOIR Technologies, King George, Virginia (N00014-16-D-2006); SI2 Technologies, North Billerica, Massachusetts (N00014-16-D-2007); S2 Corp., Bozeman, Montana (N0

April 14, 2016

ACI Technologies Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a maximum value $99,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) requires support for the ManTech Navy Electronics Manufacturing Center of Excellence (NEMC). The primary mission of the NEMC is to develop advanced manufacturing technologies and deploy it in the U.S.

April 5, 2016

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $17,653,917 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for science and technology research concerning the Network Cooperative Radar Program. The focus of this effort is to perform design and development for the Network Cooperative Radar Program. This contract contains an option, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $18,749,375. Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed April 2017. If the option is exercised, work will continue through July 9, 2018. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,010,838 will be obligated at the time of

March 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
A “serious game” developed by Alion Science and Technology puts players inside virtual operating rooms to teach proper communication skills as it guides players through real-world surgery scenarios.

Learning to fight death has become a game—literally. The Office of Naval Research has been funding several gaming initiatives to help improve training and education through simulation and modeling, particularly in the field of medicine.

It is working, says Ray Perez of the office’s Cognitive Science of Learning Program. “[Serious] games motivate players to keep on playing but also give them appropriate practice and give them feedback,” he offers. “That’s the magic sauce.” 

October 26, 2015
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a potential $91 million contract for the Solid State High Power Laser Weapon System Demonstrator program.

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, California, is being awarded a $53,151,809 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Solid State High Power Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) program.

October 9, 2015

BAE Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $10,959,664 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for science and technology research concerning full-spectrum staring electronic support receiver (FSSR) with instantaneous direction finding (IDF). The focus of this effort is to design, develop, integrate and demonstrate a FSSR with IDF that leverages emerging and highly innovative electronic and photonic component technologies into an end-to-end electronic warfare demonstration system. The resulting FSSR will be subjected to a realistic, multi-threat electromagnetic environment, including interfering emitters, to demonstrate its operational impact under terminal engagement scenarios of interest

September 30, 2015

Logos Technologies, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded an $18,245,842 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The contract is for the spectral wide area airborne surveillance, inspection and fusion technology. The contractor will develop and integrate four significant sensing capabilities (electoral optical, wide area imager, short wave infrared hyper spectral imager and inspection sensor) into one payload that conforms to the size, weight and power limitations of the small tactical unmanned aircraft system platform. The resulting payload will have a wide area sensing capability to enable situational understanding across wide across wide areas; a wide area spectral information collection capability based

September 30, 2015

Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $6,859,675 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Naval Radar and Algorithm Upgrade Phase I program. The Office of Naval Research is interested in improving the operational performance of Navy radars for the purpose of maritime, littoral and overland asymmetric and classical threat scenarios.

September 30, 2015

Navatek Ltd., Honolulu, is being awarded a $6,942,667 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for new concepts and improved analytic methods for naval applications. The main objective of this effort is to develop capabilities for a Navatek-developed software simulation tool, AEGIR; enhancing the computational tools to produce more efficient computation solutions and more robust approaches to processing complex geometries; test and refine these new methods; and adapt these new methods to the Navy standard design environment.

March 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
A sandstorm and thunderstorm move quickly over the fields of Sangin, Afghanistan, toward Forward Operating Base Jackson on May 4, 2011. Storms have a detrimental effect on the operation capabilities of U.S. and coalition forces.

As scientists sleuth to enhance U.S. military air mission capabilities through automation and alternative technologies, some in the Office of Naval Research want to find ways for aircraft—manned or unmanned—to operate in even the worst kinds of weather. Along with working on aircraft that would operate without a Global Positioning System, radar or even pilots, the experts are exploring how these vehicles could function in the most unfavorable conditions—particularly as they navigate the complex maritime role unique to the U.S. Navy of landing aircraft on moving ships.

February 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Robotic swarm technology is inspired largely by the natural behavior of insects, birds and fish.

Unmanned systems deployed in ones and twos already have changed some aspects of warfighting, whether collecting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data or dealing with roadside bombs. When deployed in tens, hundreds or even thousands, robotic systems may change the very nature of warfare, providing greater standoff, increased lethality and enhanced survivability while driving up the costs of war for potential enemies.

September 23, 2014

Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter, USN, will be assigned as chief of Naval Research; and director, Innovation, Technology Requirements, and Test and Evaluation, Arlington, Virginia. 

Rick ONeil has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and named as executive director for acquisition management for the Office of Naval Research.

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