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Chief of Naval Research (CNR) Priorities 2022

A compilation of naval technologies

New Vision, Faster Results

The Naval Research Enterprise (NRE) is providing a Strategic Hedge for our naval forces, through new, cutting-edge unmanned capabilities that will support and complement our existing platforms. In 2022, the NRE will work with operators across the Fleets, beginning with U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), to develop groundbreaking capabilities to solve key operational problems at speed. Our efforts will include a demonstration in the summer of 2022, designed to help solve one of SOUTHCOM’s largest operational problems: improving maritime domain awareness with attritable, relatively inexpensive, but highly capable platforms in support of the counter narcotics mission.

Dominance in the Cognitive Domain

As the cyber and the physical domains become increasingly intertwined, it is clear that the advantage will go to the competitor who can utilize digital tools, to include analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), to distill information and data into actionable decisions that are richer and faster than the adversary. To that end, ONR is crafting a program to maintain operational dominance in the cognitive domain.

Future Force Vol. 8, No. 1, 2022
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Asset Protection

The NRE is developing modern defensive capabilities against manned and unmanned attacks on naval assets – and enhancing offensive capabilities against an adversary. Programs include Innovative Naval Prototypes and Future Naval Capabilities across numerous fields such as Directed Energy, Missiles, Small Projectiles, and more.

Build Today, Win Tomorrow

To maintain naval dominance, the future workforce must be the best-trained, most innovative and highly motivated in the world, and it must reflect American society. For this reason, targeting the enduring advantage of our research universities and supporting naval Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) throughout all phases of American students’ academic development and investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Institutions (MI) are matters of national security.