Office of Naval Research Manages Efforts to Enhance USMC Capabilities

Stephen “Steve” Shellman serves as chief research scientist and chief executive officer of Strategic Analysis Enterprises, a consulting group that uses quantitative methods to analyze world events. Steve Shellman’s clients in the Department of Defense include Strategic Command and the Office of Naval Research.

The Office of Naval Research oversees funding of research into a variety of areas relating to the strategic development of the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. The office’s departments, known as “codes,” include Code 33, Sea Warfare & Weapons, Code 32, Ocean Battlespace Sensing, and Code 30, Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism.

Code 30 primarily supports the Marine Corps. It contains several “thrust areas” in specialties such as command and control, intelligence, cultural and behavioral sciences, and maneuver. The Maneuver thrust emphasizes several technology areas such as survivability. Research in this area includes efforts to reduce the weight of armor while increasing its protective value and the development of vehicle seats that reduce shock such as that created by mines and improvised explosive devices.

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