We are explorers

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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About NRL

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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(Top) Illustration of a water molecule bonding at a sulfur vacancy in the MoS2 upon laser light exposure. (Bottom) Photoluminescence (PL) increase observed during laser light exposure in ambient. (Inset) Fluorescence image showing brightened regions spelling out “NRL.” (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
April 15, 2019

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) discovered a new method to passivate defects in next generation optical materials to improve optical quality and enable the miniaturization of light emitting diodes and other optical elements.

April 9, 2019

After arriving at McMurdo Station on the unforgiving continent of Antarctica, it still took Dr. Rhonda Stroud two days of safety training and a four-hour flight before she was finally where she needed to be: the bottom of the world.

March 25, 2019

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory hosted students from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service for a two-day academic exchange with a classroom lecture and tour of the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research facilities (LASR), Feb. 26-27.

March 7, 2019

Dr. John D. McLean, superintendent, Information Technology Division for the Systems Directorate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory retired after 39 years, March 1, 2019. He served as a scientist, supervisory scientist, senior scientist, and senior administrator at NRL.

Jay L. Cooper, Associate Director of Research for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Business Operations Directorate. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
February 25, 2019

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory selects Jay L. Cooper as Associate Director of Research for Business Operations, responsible for providing executive management, policy development, and program administration necessary to support the activities of the scientific directorates.