The United States is a maritime nation returning to Great Power Competition amidst an extensive array of technological revolutions. From Artificial Intelligence to biotechnology to quantum, the 21st century will be shaped most by whoever can best harness and guide these revolutions. The U.S. and our allies once had a comfortable monopoly on advanced technology. Today, state and non-state actors worldwide—some with malign intent—have invested enormous resources to catch up. The next 10 years will likely chart the course for the remainder of this century, leaving no time for us to contemplate our resolve.
This year, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) celebrates 75 years of a proud history that has led many revolutions in military and technological affairs. The next 75 years demand even more leadership, innovation, and adaptability from all of usright now. As the Chief of Naval Research, I lead the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE)—composed of ONR;ONR Global (our international command);the Naval Research Lab (NRL), which is the Navy’s longest-existing research laboratory; and other organizations. All of the hardworking and talented men and women working here each day are dedicated to making sure our Sailors and Marines have what they need to keep the peace and come home safely. As established by law in 1946, we are charged to plan, foster, and encourage scientific research for future naval power and national security.
As we move forward into a future where the only certainty is greater competition, facing new challenges around the globe, our course will be informed by strategic guidance and warfighting needs—as well as by our network of world-class subject matter experts who discover, develop and implement what does not exist today.