The United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the corporate research laboratory for the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.
It conducts scientific research, applied research, technological development and prototyping.
The laboratory’s specialties include plasma: physics, space physics, materials science, and tactical electronic warfare.
NRL is one of the first US government scientific R&D laboratories, having opened in 1923 at the instigation of Thomas Edison, and is currently under the Office of Naval Research.
NRL is a scientific and engineering command dedicated to research that drives
innovative advances for the Navy and Marine Corps from the seafloor to space
and in the information domain.
NRL headquarters is located in Washington, D.C.
There are major field sites in Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; Key West, Florida;
and Monterey, California, and employs approximately 2,500 civilian scientists,
engineers and support personnel.
The static discharger seen on trailing edges of virtually all modern aircraft was originally developed by NRL scientists during World War II.
The Division of Plasma Science conducts research and development into ionized matter. NRL currently holds the world record for most energetic rail gun projectile (33 MJ, 9.2 kWh) and fastest man-made projectile (2.24 million mph, 3.60 million km/h)
NRL’s Tactical Electronic Warfare (TEW) Division is responsible for research and development in support of the Navy’s tactical electronic warfare requirements and missions. These include electronic warfare support measures, electronic countermeasures, and supporting counter-countermeasures.
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