The Office of Naval Research celebrates 70 years of innovating and inventing important new technology for the Navy and Marine Corps team. The Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter and Director of Research for ONR Dr. Larry Schuette explain why this milestone is so important, and what the role of ONR is going into the next 70 years.
The United States military is at a crisis point in terms of readiness against high-end threats such as Russia or China -- at least that’s the view of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee majority staffs. While part of the cause stems from the counter-insurgency wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, much of the blame can be attributed to a moribund acquisition system that chokes the life out of innovation.
n a speech at the National Academy of Sciences in April 2009, the President called for expanded investments in research and development and a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. He noted that science, technology, and innovation are essential to sustaining economic growth, enabling Americans to lead longer and healthier lives, limiting the harm from climate change, and providing U.S. armed forces and homeland defenders with the tools they need to succeed in every contingency.
Speaking before business leaders at the annual SelectUSA Summit in Washington, Obama said a coalition of 200 partners will receive $140 million in public and private funding to "radically improve" the efficiency of manufacturing by developing smart sensor and digital technologies that dramatically cut waste, save energy and streamline manufacturing processes.
We are seeing continued progress in technological innovation, yet anemic productivity growth. A big reason is that public and private investment have fallen in the last decade. It’s time for serious pro-investment policies.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects, including at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions. Moniz said Tuesday that the 93 research projects in 28 states will help scientists innovate with nuclear technologies that can eventually enter the commercial market.
We always have to make our case because the taxpayers' funding the national science foundation, and congress appropriates our money, so we are continually making our case that funding basic research is very important for the vitality, the health of the economy, and for our security and our health, to keep us a leader among nations.
Take a slightly broader view and it becomes clear that innovation today goes far beyond research labs, Silicon Valley pitch meetings and large corporate initiatives. We all have something to offer and can add to the world’s knowledge in a way that may differ in degree, but not in kind, to the giants of the past.
Carter told the Defense One Tech Summit at the Newseum June 10th that he is looking at the intersection between technology and defense as the logical place for this emphasis as he continues to put in place programs and organizations to meet the needs of warfighters faster and more efficiently in an increasingly competitive world.
BMO Harris Bank released a study today that found business owners and executives in the United States expect to continue to invest heavily in innovation, with a full 97 percent of respondents expecting their investment in innovation either to increase (53 percent) or stay the same.