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“Technology is central to today’s geopolitical competition and to the future of our national security, economy and democracy. U.S. and allied leadership in technology and innovation has long underpinned our economic prosperity and military strength.” – National Security Strategy
MONTEREY, Calif. - The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) recently established the Office of Research and Innovation (OR&I) in response to the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy’s call to leverage emerging technologies and innovative design practices to accelerate the development of full spectrum capabilities in order to maintain decisive maritime advantage and hedge against uncertainty.
During a recent address at Columbia University, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro stated, “The best way to deter our adversaries is for the department to restore its technological superiority.” The Department of the Navy is driving innovation across every aspect of the service.
“Education is the key connector for this work. Our educational institutions hold great promise and opportunity,” Del Toro added.
NPS is a central connector in the naval innovation ecosystem, uniquely positioned to complement the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE). OR&I will fully leverage the school’s enduring and fundamental strengths – motivated warrior-scholar students with fleet and field experience; renowned, defense-expert faculty; a mission grounded in advancing the naval services; and close proximity to the heart of American technological innovation.
“OR&I will be a support mechanism to take NPS’ research enterprise to an entirely new level, leveraging our naval innovation ecosystem – a network of academia, defense researchers, and industry working with NPS faculty, students and the operational fleet,” according to Dr. Kevin Smith, NPS Vice Provost for Research and head of OR&I.
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