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2010 NRL Review

2010 NRL Review

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The 2010 NRL Review contains featured research articles and short stories covering a variety of research areas. In addition to its research articles, the Review also has chapters on NRL's past, present, and future; special awards and recognition; and programs for professional development.

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The 2010 NRL Review contains featured research articles and short stories covering a variety of research areas. In addition to its research articles, the Review also has chapters on NRL's past, present, and future; special awards and recognition; and programs for professional development.

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Published by: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on Oct 02, 2012
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2010 NRL RE
Washington, DC
o conduc a broadly based mulidisciplinary
program of scientic research and advancedtechnological development directed towardmaritime applications of new and improvedmaterials, techniques, equipment, systems, andocean, atmospheric, and space sciences andrelated technologies.The Naval Research Laboratory provides primaryin-house research for the physical, engineering,space, and environmental sciences; broadlybased applied research and advanced technologydevelopment programs in response to identiedand anticipated Navy and Marine Corps needs;broad multidisciplinary support to the NavalWarfare Centers; and space and space systemstechnology, development, and support.
is all about our people: thescientists, the engineers, andthe support personnel whoenable the Lab’s researchevery day. Tey serve a vitalrole or the Department o the Navy, the Department o Deense,and the nation. Tey have a deep and broad understanding o thephysical and engineering sciences, and o the operational needs o the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Tey explore today’s unknownso science to create tomorrow’s new capabilities, some o which may prove to have a revolutionary impact on the uture o the Navy andeven the world. NRL’s pioneering contributions to what is now theGlobal Positioning System is but one example o this.NRL’s scientists and engineers are highly respected and widely known throughout the world’s scientic communities. Tey are therecipients o prestigious recognitions and awards, serve on inu-ential boards and panels o scientic societies, government com-mittees, and multinational scientic and engineering bodies thatrepresent important Navy, DoD, and U.S. interests. Tey are truly the DoN’s window on the world’s science, with over 1100 scienticpublications a year, nearly 1200 collaborations with colleges anduniversities around the world, and 1500 conerence attendees orspeakers each year. Tis robust level o participation is essentialboth to harvesting the rest o the world’s science, which is growingrapidly, and to preventing technological surprise. Sustaining thisworkorce and preparing it or the uture is essential i NRL is tocontinue to support the Navy as well in the uture as it has in thepast. Tis is a major area o ocus or us as the Lab’s leadership.oday we are at the conjunction o three trends — the retire-ment o the post-Sputnik generation, the decline in clearance-eligible scientists and engineers (S&Es), and a diminishing o U.S.technological dominance due to the globalization o R&D andmigration o the world’s scientic/technical intellectual centroidtowards Asia. Te combination o these actors has made the devel-opment and growth o our workorce a critical requirement i theNavy’s Corporate Laboratory is to provide revolutionary scienticand engineering products essential to meeting Naval requirementsin an uncertain uture. o meet this challenge we have embarkedon a series o programs to encourage the growth and maturation o potential uture NRL scientists and engineers.We are making concerted eorts to reach out and encouragemore students to enter the scientic, technical, engineering, andmathematics (SEM) elds. o this end, NRL has brought 399students on board as employees, tutored another 544, and mentoredanother 25. We have maintained a vigorous postdoctoral researcherprogram with the National Research Council and the AmericanSociety o Engineering Education, with 162 postdocs onboardduring the past year. Tey are extremely productive scientically,and are an exceptionally valuable source o new hires upon comple-tion o their tenure.Te U.S. Congress has also recognized the need to reinvigo-rate the S&E workorce across the DoD laboratories by giving useective new personnel management authorities. Tese includethe direct hire authority and the Section 219 authorities o the2009 National Deense Authorization Act. Under the Section 219authority, unds have been made available to hire Karles Fellows,so-named in honor o renowned scientists Drs. Jerome and IsabellaKarle, recipients o the Nobel Prize in chemistry and the NationalMedal o Science, respectively.Te Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished Scholar Fellow-ship program provides or hiring highly accomplished scientistsand engineers at any degree level, within one year o receiving thedegree, who have a GPA o at least 3.5/4.0, and it provides undsunder the Section 219 authorities to pay their salaries or two years.Tey are hired to conduct a specic program o research appropri-ate to their individual scientic/engineering skills and researchinterests and the NRL division that has hired them. wo yearsprovide sufcient time or new researchers to develop programs o their own, establish credentials based on accomplishments duringthe Fellowship, and integrate themselves into the Naval researchcommunity. In addition, Karles Fellowships will be available tosuperior NRL postdoctoral researchers i hired immediately uponcompletion o their postdoctoral appointments. So ar we havehired 37 Karles Fellows. Te average GPA or our Karles Fellowswith advanced degrees has been 3.85/4.0 and they are students o high distinction rom superb graduate programs across the country.Te direct hire authority has given NRL a streamlined, acceler-ated hiring process that has allowed us to provide rm job oersto candidates with advanced technical degrees in only 15 days onaverage, an astoundingly rapid time period compared with thegovernment-wide average. In 2010 we had authority or 36 directhires and or 2011 we have been authorized 93. Trough these andother initiatives, the average age o the NRL S&E workorce hasdeclined by more than a year, establishing an important new trend.Te Navy and the Marine Corps, within the Department o theNavy, are experiencing a time o unprecedented challenges scally,militarily, and technically. Fortunately the resolve to sustain ourscientic and technical endeavors in the ace o an uncertain uturehas held rm. Te prospects or advancement in science and tech-nology in support o our warghters have never been more promis-ing and, through our strengthening workorce, we will strive to seeit realized. I history is any indication, the NRL will succeed.
Commanding Ofcer 
Dr. JohN A. MoNTgoMery
Director of Research

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