Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research & Sabbatical Leave Program
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division

All participants must be US Citizens. Corona does not accept Dual Citizens.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division The Navy's Independent Assessment Agent

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers are the Navy's principal research, development, test and evaluation, analysis and assessment activities for ship and submarine platform and machinery technology for surface combat systems, ordnance, mines, and strategic systems products and support.

As part of NAVSEA, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division is one of the Navy's newest federal labs and is responsible for gauging the warfighting capability of weapons and integrated combat systems, through assessment of systems' performance, readiness, quality, supportability, and the adequacy of training. The Navy, Marine Corps and other military agencies rely on NSWC Corona to validate whether complex weapons and combat systems work properly; whether their measurements accurate and the calibrations are right; and whether their training is effective in preparation for the fight.

With nearly 2,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and contractors, the command’s support to the Fleet, program managers and warfighters has saved the Navy tens of millions of dollars by providing decision makers with accurate, unbiased information used to resolve problems early in the development cycle. Corona's six departments are organized in support of a subset of the Navy's chartered technical capabilities which, in collaboration with the other warfare centers, form a strategic and synergistic team ready to meet the challenges of the future. The Warfare Center is home to three premiere national laboratories and assessment centers: the Joint Warfare Assessment Lab; the Measurement Science and Technology Lab; and the new Daugherty Memorial Assessment Center.

Performance Assessment Department provides independent and unbiased operational performance assessment for ballistic missile defense; warfare and combat systems; Battle Force exercises; Joint Warfare exercises; and related Battle Force interoperability. Its engineers and technicians provide missile flight analysis, plus support and assess major Fleet exercises, develop and operate communications, and computing and instrumentation systems. They also assess current threats and trends to predict future threat capabilities affecting national security.

Readiness Assessment Department provides assessment of the Navy's combat, weapons and warfare system's performance and material readiness. Readiness Assessment designs, develops and implements the criteria, procedures, techniques and analysis methodology for assessing, monitoring and reporting the performance and readiness of combat systems. This department maintains the AEGIS missile system's performance database and provides in-depth engineering analysis of missile weapon systems.

Quality Assessment Department serves to assure the quality of weapons, combat systems and equipment. Its experts provide life-cycle quality and mission assurance support for a variety of Defense Department agencies. This department develops and provides Trouble and Failure Report Management Systems, and manages and operates centralized systems for defective products and obsolete parts in the Fleet.

Measurement Science Department is the Navy’s designated Metrology and Calibration (METCAL) Program Technical Agent. Its engineers and technicians ensure that measurements made to support weapon and detection system research, production, testing, maintenance and operation are accurate, uniform and traceable to national measurement standards or natural physical constants. The Measurement Science Department provides metrology engineering products and services calibration procedures, test equipment reliability assessment, calibration standards, etc. that support all Navy calibration laboratories. With accurate measurements, Navy warfighters can be assured of the performance and reliability of their systems.

Product Engineering Department assesses weapons and combat system tests, functional interoperability and reliability. Test systems assessment analyzes test systems, either off-line or embedded, for effectiveness and suitability. Any test is only as valuable as the information it provides; test systems assessments maximizes this value. Interface assessment determines the functional interoperability form, fit, function, safety and interchangeability between systems, systems and subsystems, and subsystems and components, throughout the lifecycle. In addition, interface assessment provides calibration support for unique physical requirements. Weapons assessment provides a total lifecycle view for surface missile hardware by integrating missile maintenance and management information into single, coherent picture. This single picture supports numerous engineering analyses, including safety, reliability, warranty, location, contract, test and condition code information; weapon and stockpile reliability prediction; and maintenance and retrofit decisions.

Range Systems Engineering Department provides systems engineering support to the warfighter, program offices, and various DoD customers, primarily for test and training ranges. NSWC Corona’s engineers serve as the systems engineering experts to all Navy and Marine Corps command levels for requirements analysis, instrumentation systems and technology. This includes supporting the test and evaluation community with instrumentation engineering and telecommunications systems that distribute data on-range to control and processing facilities at various locations. Our engineers design, develop, integrate and install various weapons scoring systems and bombing range instrumentation for Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and foreign military sales customers. Our telecommunications engineers design, integrate, build and install unique communications systems which support the warfighters' installations and test ranges. Range Systems is the designated technical agent for Tactical Training Ranges Systems Operation and Maintenance at NAS Fallon, NV; NAS Lemoore, CA; MCAS Yuma, AZ; MCAS Miramar, CA; NAF El Centro; NAS Oceana, VA; MCAS Cherry Point, NC; MCAS Beaufort, SC; and NAS Key West, FL. As such, our managers, engineers and technical support staff provide Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet/Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific with range systems that support the entire spectrum of the Fleet Response Training Plan. The Tactical Training Ranges provide a training environment for Unit Level Training, large-force, graduate-level training events, to embarked Carrier Strike Group and Amphibious Ready Group pre-deployment certification events that comprise the Fleet Response Training Plan. Range systems support includes air, land and sea participant instrumentation, communications, real-time monitoring, mission recording and replay, opposition force information operations and electronic warfare to create a coherent and realistic combat training environment.