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1999 Assessment of the Office of Naval Research's Air and Surface Weapons Technology Program

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The mission of the Office of Naval Research ONR is to maintain a close relationship with the research and development community to support long-range research, foster discovery, nurture future generations of researchers, produce new technologies that meet known naval requirements, and provide innovations in fields relevant to the future Navy and Marine Corps. Accordingly, ONR supports research activities across a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines. As one means for ensuring that its investments appropriately address naval priorities and requirements and that its programs are of high scientific and technical quality, ONR requires that each of its departments undergo an annual review with a detailed focus on about one-third of the reviewed departments programs. The Air and Surface Weapons Technology ASWT program resides within the Strike Technology Division of the Naval Expeditionary Warfare Science and Technology Department of ONR and accounts for approximately 25 percent of the departments budget. At the request of ONR, the National Research Council NRC established a committee to review and evaluate ONRs ASWT program components in the mission areas of air superiority, precision strike, naval fire support, ship-based defense, and supporting science and technology, including uninhabited combat air vehicles, against criteria such as appropriateness of the investment strategy within the context of naval priorities and requirements, impact on and relevance to naval needs, and scientific and technical qualify. In the selection of committee members, expertise was drawn heavily from the following areas guidance and control, fire control, aeromechanics, solid and air-breathing propulsion, naval gun systems and launchers, and uninhabited combat air vehicles. The Committee on the Review of ONRs Air and Surface Weaponry Program met once, May 26-28, 1999, in Washington, D.C. to both gather information and prepare an initial draft report.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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