Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research, has called for more government investments in research and development to help accelerate the transition of emerging technologies to warfighters, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.
The U.S. Navy‘s top research official noted that only a few companies could keep up with the Office of Naval Research’s $2.1 billion science and technology budget for fiscal 2016 out of the Navy’s $169.9 billion total budget, Jacqueline Klimas writes.
Winter asked the government to back up ONR’s innovation and science initiatives to ensure uninterrupted technology transfer to the fleet, according to the report.
He told a Center for Strategic and International Studies event that the organization has “scientific projects that could easily expand those boxes and bring additional solution space for our warfighter,” the publication reports.
Winter said the Navy currently conducts research in an unmanned aerial vehicle swarming technology with the goal to launch autonomous vehicles in rapid succession, the report says.