Office of Naval Research

April 27, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The Office of Naval Research Global will initiate the second round of its Global-X science and technology challenge this week with a live webinar. Credit: Suwatchai Pluemruetai/Shutterstock

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global will launch the second round of Global-X, a nine-month international science challenge worth up to $500,000, to encourage groundbreaking research from around the world.

The purpose of the Global-X Challenge is to discover, disrupt and help drive basic and applied research for later development and delivery of revolutionary capabilities to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the commercial marketplace and the public. ONR Global is interested in receiving white papers and proposals on the following challenge topics:

May 22, 2020

Innovative Defense Technologies LLC,* Arlington, Virginia, is awarded a $22,506,572 modification (P00007) to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00014-19-C-1054 for the Cloud to Edge Environment. This modification adds Options 5 through 10, and exercises Options 5, 9 and 10, which increases the contract value by $22,506,572. Under this modification, the contractor will continue work to deliver a secure development and operations (SecDevOps) environment enabling cloud-based collaborative development, simulation, testing and certification of evolving Navy software systems. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia (68%); Mount Laurel, New Jersey (23%); Washington, D.C. (6%); Rhode Island (2%); and various places below 1%.

August 8, 2019

Capt. James P. Borghardt, USN, has been sworn in as commanding officer for Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global, London.

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.

August 21, 2012

The U.S. Defense Department is creating a department-wide system to track and manage human subjects in studies funded by the federal government. A Web-based application developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), called the Protections in Research, Oversight Management Information System (PROMIS), will form the basis for the new system. PROMIS enables researchers to submit human research protocols and other documention for review by U.S. Marine Corps and Navy compliance specialists. Since the decision to create a larger tracking system, the ONR personnel have been creating enhancements to PROMIS so it can function as a unified platform to serve needs across the U.S.

August 13, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, has appointed Dr. Thomas H. Killion director of its Office of Transition.

May 10, 2012

The U.S. Navy is moving beyond demonstrations and into the development of a working prototype of a solid-state laser weapon for warships. Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) say the laser weapon would enable sailors to disable and defeat small boats and aerial targets without using bullets. The ONR is planning an industry day on May 16 to provide information on the program to the research and development community. The office is expected to release a Broad Agency Announcement soon afterward to solicit proposals and bids.

February 3, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Technology transfer-a big buzzword some decades ago-is where companies found commercial uses for military technologies. Over the years, military and industry continue to share new ideas, programs and systems, and just about any otherwise awesome products that benefit both arenas. It's perhaps another anchor in the military-industrial complex. But when military technology is found to possibly fight cancer-that is welcoming news, as reported by George I.

August 26, 2011
By George Seffers

Logos Technologies, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded an almost  $8 million contract modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the lightweight expeditionary airborne persistent surveillance overseas contingency operations. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

July 21, 2011
By George Seffers

Superlative Technologies Incorporated, Ashburn, Virginia, is being awarded a contract potentially valued at more than $35 million to provide information technology support services for the command, control communications, and computer (C4) systems that support the Office of Naval Research (ONR) headquarters. The scope of the contract is to provide services for program management business process improvement and operational support services to ONR as it further develops its emerging business processes supported by state-of-the-art information technologies.

July 6, 2011
By George Seffers

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded almost $15 million for the environment and ship motion forecasting program, which seeks to provide sea-based ship and cargo system operators with seaway environmental forecasting in order to predict ship motions and determine windows of opportunity for inter-intra-ship material and personnel environment. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

June 13, 2011
By George Seffers

The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Virginia, a nearly $8 million contract to develop an open system architecture (OSA) common back-end digital processor for the entire family of Air Force radio frequency electronic devices, to include radars, signals intelligence sensors, electronic-warfare and communication systems. General Dynamics will use open interface standards to develop modular, plug-and-play, multi-mission electronic back-end processors that leverage technologies developed under other OSA initiatives conducted by the Office of Naval Research.

May 27, 2011
By George Seffers

D and S Consultants Incorporated, Eatontown, New Jersey, is being awarded just over $7 million for perceptual training systems and tools. The company will conduct applied research and advanced technology development based on requirements and design recommendations for adapting or developing technologies to create a prototype for users that can improve the training of combat hunter-like knowledge, skills and abilities. Specifically these tools will be evaluated for use as performance assessment and training tools to support enhanced observation, combat trafficking (i.e., observing the physical terrain), and tactical profiling (i.e., observing the human terrain). The result will enhance the warfighter's a

May 9, 2011
By George Seffers

Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a contract potentially valued at more than $17 million for vector sensor array system development, performance engineering and research. SAIC will help continue the development of underwater acoustic sensors. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

September 8, 2010
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a more than $23 million task order for the critical design of a 100-kW class Free Electron Laser (FEL) device to demonstrate scaleability of the necessary physics and engineering for an eventual MW class FEL.  The Navy FEL Innovative Naval Prototype Program will encompass the transition from a demonstrated 14 kW FEL capability, currently at hand, to a weapon class 100-kW class capability, which is intended to provide the physics and engineering information needed to support a MW class FEL device development.  The desired outcome of this effort is to transfer laboratory capability to industry and to assess potential industrial roles in supporting