NRL Mission

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the Department of the Navy‘s corporate laboratory, and it reports to the Chief of Naval Research. As the corporate laboratory of the Navy, NRL is the principal in-house component in the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) effort to meet its science and technology responsibilities. NRL has had a long and fruitful relationship with industry as a collaborator, contractor, and through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). NRL values this linkage and continues to develop it. NRL is an important link in the Navy Research, Development, and Acquisition (RD&A) chain. Through NRL, the Navy has direct ties with sources of fundamental ideas in industry and the academic community throughout the world and provides an effective coupling point to the R&D chain for ONR.

NRL Leadership
Capt. Ricardo Vigil

Capt. Ricardo Vigil
Commanding Officer

Dr. Bruce G. Danly

Dr. Bruce G. Danly
Director of Research

Capt. Gregory T. Petrovic

Capt. Gregory T. Petrovic
Executive Officer

NRL Reserve Science and Technology Program

Office of Naval Research-Reserve Component (ONR-RC), provides a cadre of Naval Reserve personnel responsive to Fleet technology needs. These uniquely qualified personnel, experts in many diverse scientific and technical fields, are experienced in Fleet operations and technology applications.

ONR-RC personnel contribute peacetime support to the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Naval Research, NRL, Warfare Centers and other research and development laboratories to implement science and technology solutions that improve Fleet readiness for crisis response, regional conflict and global war. Units within ONR-RC, located throughout the country, support ONR and NRL. Units situated at NRL's main site also coordinate project opportunities at NRL-DC that are available to any qualified military reservist.

Office of the Inspector General

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Office of Inspector General is the designated agent for receipt and investigation of allegations of fraud, waste and abuse for the Commanding Officer, NRL.

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Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Program

The NRL EEO and Diversity Program Office is a service organization whose major functions include counseling employees in an effort to resolve employee/management conflicts, processing formal discrimination complaints, handling requests for reasonable accommodations, providing accommodations, providing EEO training, and managing NRL’s MD-715 affirmative employment program.

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