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As a specialized laboratory for the U.S. Navy, we are driven to discover. Our research takes us from the depths of the ocean to the edges of the galaxy, producing powerful results that benefit both military and civilians alike. Learn More »

We are protectors

With a mission of ensuring the safety of our armed forces, we've made advancements that impact all humankind. Our work in storm prediction, hazardous chemical detection, and protection against oil spills, for example, is creating a safer world. Learn More »

We are futurists

In an era of constant, often dramatic change, our research in emerging areas like virtual reality, superconductivity, automated systems, and nanotechnology gives the U.S. Navy the strategic and tactical edge needed for success in today's environment. Learn More »

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The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

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Scott L. Browning
July 15, 2016
Browning receives the award for sustained excellent performance pertaining to efforts to develop multiple, diverse breakthrough technologies for classified technical challenges to the Navy and Department of Defense (DoD).
Military Sensing Symposia
July 7, 2016
Schaum is honored as MSS Fellow for significant scientific and technical contributions to military sensing to include achievements in signal processing for image-based target detection and spectral data analysis.
Dr. Paul Natishan
June 27, 2016
Natishan is bestowed the award for his outstanding performance and record of scientific achievements and contributions made to the Navy in the field of corrosion science and technology.
Abell 2597
June 22, 2016
Recent theoretical models have predicted that black holes may grow through so-called cold, chaotic accretion, but unambiguous observational evidence of this form of accretion has been, until now, elusive.
USNRL
June 14, 2016
Located 35 miles south of Washington, D.C., the Blossom Point Research Facility went into operation July 1956, becoming the first satellite tracking station in the United States.

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