CNO: Here's What We Need for
the Future Force
By David Smalley, Office of
Naval Research Public Affairs.
D.C. – (NNS) – February
5, 2015 – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert outlined
his thoughts Feb. 4 on three science and technology objectives for the Navy and
Marine Corps of the future, at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology
(S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C.
CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert during the
Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO
Speaking before nearly 3,000 attendees from across government,
academia and industry, Greenert charged his audience to reduce reliance on
gunpowder; increase stamina for underwater unmanned vehicles' power and
propulsion systems; and increase focus on cybersecurity.
"Number one, you've got to get us off gunpowder," said
Greenert, noting that Office of Naval Research-supported weapon programs like
Laser Weapon System (LaWS) and the Electromagnetic Railgun are vital to the
future force. "We will have an incredibly deep magazine when we bring [those
Weapons like LaWS have a virtually unlimited magazine, only
constrained by power and cooling capabilities onboard the vessel carrying them.
In addition, Greenert noted the added safety for Sailors and Marines that will
come from reducing dependency on gunpowder-based munitions.
"Probably the biggest vulnerability of a ship is its
magazine, because that's where all the explosives are," he said.
He also cited the tremendous cost savings offered by, for
instance, laser weapons fired at a dollar per shot, or low-cost Electromagnetic
Railgun projectiles, versus needing to rely on million-dollar missiles, in some
cases without the same range, for all threats and missions.
Greenert's second challenge for the S&T community is to
develop "greater stamina" in unmanned underwater vehicle propulsion systems, to
maintain naval dominance in the undersea domain.
"I need them compact and reliable in their power and
propulsion, but I also need them safe," he said.
And, as the Ohio-class submarines near replacement age,
Greenert noted that increased range and endurance for unmanned systems will be
vital for the future fleet with the overall number of submarines projected to
Greenert's final S&T objective centers on cybersecurity,
which he said is something that keeps him up at night.
"I need you to lock your IT doors," he told the EXPO
attendees. "You do it at home, and you need to keep that mindset at work.
"Cybersecurity is a key requirement for all our systems and
He encouraged scientists and engineers to include security in
the initial design of everything they do, rather than trying to add security
The CNO also discussed the history of game-changing
technologies that have come from the Naval S&T community, including GPS,
advanced radar and quiet propulsion capabilities. He continued on to say, "we
continue to rely on you."
The host of the EXPO, Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat
Winter, introduced the CNO and spoke about the importance of Naval S&T research
for the future force-including the essential partnerships between the Naval
Research Enterprise, academia and industry.
The Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO is the
Navy's premier science and technology event, showcasing some of the latest
cutting-edge research being undertaken by the Office of Naval Research. It
brings together thousands of participants to learn and share ideas on
technologies that can help support the warfighter of today and tomorrow.
ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain
the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR
is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70
countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR
employs more than 1,000 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract
personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington,
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