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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April 17, 2018

WASHINGTON — On April 1, 2018, Dr. Gurpartap “GP” Sandhoo was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service at the US Naval Research Laboratory and for assignment as the Superintendent for Spacecraft Engineering department of the Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST).

Dr. David Peterson, far left, from NRL's Marine Meteorology Division participates in the press conference,
April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Last year was a record year for wildfires across the globe, and their impact on the atmosphere remains highly uncertain. Thanks to new research from expert scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the world is gaining more insight into what drives these massive and escalating events.

Photo by: Michael Hart
April 4, 2018

Dr. Brian L. Justus, head of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Optical Physics Branch, was elected a NAI Fellow on Dec. 12, 2017, and will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors during the Seventh Annual NAI Conference on April 5 in Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2018

Sixty years ago, March 17, 1958, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) launched Vanguard I, the Navy's first Earth-orbiting satellite, and the oldest remaining man-made object in space.

March 12, 2018

(WASHINGTON) – Inspired by the need for sensitive, selective, automated and cost effective clinical and research instruments that can sort cell streams for the detection of pathogens and disease, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has patented a laser-based microfluidic device to help researchers characterize and sort individual cells by measuring their optical force.

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