Next week -- July 31 to August 3 -- MountainRunner will be blogging from the Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference in Washington, DC.
What is this conference?
Presented by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) with technical support from the Office of Naval Research, the 2006 Naval S&T Partnership Conference is the successor to, and builds upon the success of, the six annual partnership conferences previously presented by ONR. The 2006 Naval S&T Partnership Conference will provide key insight into the Navy & Marine Corps drive to enable revolutionary naval operational concepts that meet the challenges of the 21st century through strategic investment in S&T research. The Conference will inform government, industry and academia of the direction, emphasis, and scope of the Department of the Navy's investment in science and technology research, and how companies and universities can do business with the Naval Research Enterprise.
A number of blogs were inviting, including obviously MountainRunner. We will be credentialed as media in an experiment for the conference. In return, the conference simply requests we report (blog) on the conference. This may seem different, and it is, but it is certainly inline with a growing awareness of the Internet (see Defense Science Boards' research into the value of Google, blogs, and other Net resources). I'll post which blogs actually show when I get there next week (the confirmed list right now is short so the blog-exclusive press availability with the Chief of Naval Research may be closer to a one-on-one interview).
Here are the highlights of the conference, direct from its preliminary agenda:
- Hear from the senior leadership of the Department of the Navy, the Office of Naval Research, and the Naval Research Enterprise
- Gain an understanding of partnership opportunities for industry and academia, and learn how to do business with ONR and the Naval Research Enterprise
- Get key insights into the Power and Energy challenges and opportunities facing the Navy and Marine Corps in the 21st Century
- Meet one-on-one with Program Managers from ONR and across the Naval Research Enterprise, including Naval Laboratories and Warfare Centers
- Learn how to participate in the challenge to creative innovative solutions to meet Fleet and Force requirements in the Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) and Innovative Naval Prototypes (INP) programs.
- See and discuss innovative technologies from Industry, National and Federal Labs, and Academia in the Conference Exhibit Hall.
The Conference is being extremely helpful in facilitating additional interviews with the Office of Naval Research. Topics I'm looking to discuss and investigate further with ONR includes programs similar to the USS Emory S. Land reach out to Africa recently (blogged here previously and other public diplomacy programs), building strategic relationships ("partnership capacity" as defined in the QDR), thoughts on the Core-Gap & Barnett, and of course piracy. Of course those are just a few things I hope to ask and discuss, but we'll see what actually transpires after reality sets in.
By the way, "science" is stretched beyond technology if you look at the ONR Science and Technology Departments, which include at the top level: Expeditionary Warfare and Combating Terrorism; Command, Control Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR); Ocean Battlespace Sensing; Sea Warfare and Weapons; Warfighter Performance Department; Naval Air Warfare and Weapons; and Office of Transition.
Any questions or topics you'd like to have asked or looked into, let me know. I'm open for suggestions, leads, etc.
More to come...