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Science and Technology Department

Innovating Tomorrow's Navy Today

  • FY23: 145 Projects (116 NISE)
  • Technical management, research and development, and integration support to develop advanced technologies that ensure technological superiority for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Warfighters.
  • Develop, motivate and sustain partnerships with industry and academia to expand research opportunities, recruitment and promote technology transfer to/from the private sector.
  • Analyze C4ISR and Space systems to identify gaps in capability; assist in strategic roadmaps to future technology development.
  • Rapidly prototype and demonstrate capabilities that address emergent Naval technology needs
Customer Areas
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
  • Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Emerging Capability and Prototyping) (DASD (EC&P))
  • Navy Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP)

Warfighting Thrust Areas

To give our Fleet an Advantage over adversaries

  • Research and aid in the development of game-changing technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, cyber information science and software, autonomy, assured communications, mobility, data analytics, electro-magnetic warfare as well as other emerging technologies to anticipate and create rapid shifts in the complex national security landscape.
  • Establish leadership in electromagnetic maneuver warfare (EMW) systems design. Research and develop spectrum management technologies and systems supporting autonomous Naval communications and C2.
  • Research and develop cutting-edge technologies in cyber warfare supporting cybersecurity situational awareness and shore industrial control systems cybersecurity.
Areas of Emphasis
  • Seek innovative means for accelerated technology transition to Warfighters.
  • Create opportunities to engage with industry and academia.
  • NIWC Atlantic has invested in fixed and mobile optics labs to support development of novel free-space optical (FSO) communications technologies and systems. FSO does not operate at radio frequencies, so it is much harder for adversaries to intercept. NIWC Atlantic has engaged industry to support this effort through an Advanced Navy Technical Experiment (ANTX) event. 
  • Successfully designed, developed, and implemented an automated decision aid software application, sensor system package, and wireless mesh network for the DARPA Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency (RACER) program to provide enhanced situational awareness inside the Command Post (CP) of autonomous ground vehicle operations during the second field experimentation at Camp Roberts, California.


Delivering mission critical information warfare capabilities to the Warfighter

Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic is a Navy Engineering and Information Technology Command and part of the Naval Research and Development Establishment.

Our work is shaped by requirements that demand research and engineering with the goal of delivering the operational advantage gained from fully integrating Naval information functions, capabilities and resources to optimize decision making and maximize warfighting effects.

We deliver the products and solutions that help our customers accomplish their mission today and into the future and, most importantly, serve our nation by delivering information warfare solutions that protect national security.

Science and Technology Integrated Product Teams

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) IPT

Focuses on providing DARPA with technical expertise and direct support to DARPA Science and Technology programs which are focused on providing or preventing strategic and tactical surprise. These programs are high-payoff, high-risk development efforts of critical technologies and systems that enable information warfare solutions for the Warfighters of today and the future.

  • Tactical Technology Office (TTO)
  • Information Innovation Office (I2O)
  • Biological Technologies Office (BTO)
  • Defense Sciences Office (DCO)
  • Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)
  • Strategic Technology Office (STO)

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) IPT

Provides technical expertise and direct support to S&T programs facilitated by ONR that enable the future operational concepts of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. In support of ONR objectives, the Business Unit currently performs innovative research and development (R&D) of leap ahead technologies and future Naval capabilities; leadership and Program Management (PM) duties for major S&T programs; quick reaction, prototyping, and experimentation; and global technology awareness. In addition, we support technology demonstrations and assessments where industry, academia, and/or government-developed prototypes are presented for Warfighter feedback.

  • Information, Cyber and Spectrum Superiority
  • Battlespace and Maritime Domain Access
  • Mission Capable Persistent and Survivable Platforms
  • Warfighter Supremacy
  • Force Protection and Integrated Defense

National Institute for STEM Education

Section 219 of NDAA established a mechanism whereby a defense laboratory may fund basic and applied research, transition of technologies developed by the defense laboratory into operational use, recruitment and retention of personnel with needed scientific and engineering expertise, and revitalization and recapitalization of the laboratories. Basic research is directed toward greater knowledge of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. Applied research is understanding the means to meet a recognized and specific need. It may be oriented toward the design and development of prototypes. Technology transition moves mature technologies into programs of record. Workforce development grows the technical knowledge, skills and abilities of our scientists and engineers according to their assigned competencies. Facilities recapitalization builds the infrastructure of our laboratories with new equipment or for the establishment of new laboratories.

  • Facility Recapitalization
  • Workforce Development
  • Basic and Applied Research
  • Technology Transition

The Advanced Technology Research (ATR) IPT

Provides technical expertise and direct support to S&T programs sponsored by a variety of DoD organizations, including OSD, DASD (EC&P), SCO and TENCAP. Initiatives define and enable the future Naval and Joint operational concepts.

  • Assured Communications
  • Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare
  • Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTDs) and Emerging Capability Support
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