Chief of Naval Research concept challenge calls for innovative ideas for the future

ARLINGTON, Va. The Chief of Naval Research (CNR) issued a challenges asking for innovative ideas to support future U.S. Navy and Marine Corps troops. The submissions deadline is June 30, 2017 and officials will announce the finalists at the Naval Future Force S&T Expo held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on July 20-21.

The CNR concept challenge focuses on leap-ahead and cutting-edge concepts. "I am looking for visionary ideas that really get out in front of the rapid, ever-accelerating technology development and deployment cycle," says Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David J. Hahn. "With new advances taking place at breakneck speeds, across multiple domains, the truth is that the 'Navy and Marine Corps After Next' is being created right now."

The concepts in the CNR Challenge need to keep naval ships, aircraft, and personnel always at an advantage, and help sailors and marines either deter conflict or win decisively and return safely, officials say. Office of Naval Research (ONR) subject matter experts will review all idea submissions. Finalists must be registered for the Expo to be selected and will be announced at the event by the CNR during his opening remarks.

The Expo is co-sponsored by the American Society of Naval Engineers. It provides an opportunity for finalists to meet with appropriate ONR subject matter experts and program officers for further exploration of each concept-and potential for follow-on work.

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In the video, Rear Adm. Hahn discussing the role of naval research in maintaining America's maritime superiority.

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