The Navy's Independent Assessment Agent
NSWC Corona is the Navy's only independent analysis and assessment center, with more than 3,200 Sailors, civilian scientists, engineers, support staff, and contractors.
NSWC Corona is home to three premier
national laboratory and assessment centers: the Joint Warfare Assessment Lab; the Measurement Science and Technology
Lab; and the Daugherty Memorial Assessment Center. Along with the renowned "Corona Engineers," these state-of-the-art
facilities enable Corona to fulfill its unique mission for the
Navy. The JWAL and DMAC are at the core
of Corona's integrated approach to warfare
assessment, and the Measurement Science and Technology Lab is where Corona researches and
establishes the metrology and calibration standards and procedures for the Navy
and Marine Corps.
Using a rigorous,
disciplined independent assessment process, Corona provides the fleet, program managers and
acquisition community with the objective assessment needed for the Navy to gauge
warfighting capability of ships and aircraft, assess warfare training and
analyze new defense systems - even those systems in the concept phase. This commitment to independent assessment
allows the Navy to achieve the greatest value for acquisition, material
readiness and lifecycle management programs - for Today's Navy, the Next Navy,
and the Navy After Next. As the Navy's
metrology and calibration authority, Corona also sets the measurement science and
calibration standards to support proper weapons operation, interoperability and
peak readiness for the fleet. Corona uses innovation and
automation to also reduce burdensome workload for Sailors, while reducing
maintenance costs and increasing readiness for the Navy.
capabilities and unique expertise - ranging from missile defense assessment to
range and test instrumentation to setting measurement standards - enable Corona to
support in-service and emerging weapons and combat systems for key customers in
agent for Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COTF) analysis and
with worldwide presence to Test & Evaluation (T&E), Missile Defense
Agency (MDA), Joint National Training Capability (JNTC), and fleet training
sites to enable analysis and reporting of assessment results in near real-time
performance and readiness assessment of weapons and combat systems
instrumentation management and engineering
systems effectiveness and measurement integrity
and combat systems product integrity
NSWC Corona's Mission Statement
The mission of NSWC Corona is to "Serve warfighters and program managers as the Navy's independent assessment agent throughout systems’ lifecycles by gauging the Navy's warfighting capability of weapons and integrated combat systems, from unit to force level, through assessment of those systems' performance, readiness, quality, supportability, and the adequacy of training."
NSWC Corona is one of Ten Warfare Centers under the NAVSEA Command. We are based in Norco, California, but have representatives around the globe. To learn more how we're organized, the NAVSEA command is organized, or our worldwide locations, please click on the links below.
NSWC Corona Leadership
Captain Richard A. Braunbeck III, Commanding Officer, biography
Captain Richard A. Braunbeck III assumed command of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division on October 13, 2017. As commanding officer, he leads over 2,000 Sailors, Navy civilians and support contractors in Corona's critical mission as the independent assessment and analysis agent responsible for gauging warfighting capability U.S Navy ships and aircraft; as the metrology and calibration agent for the Navy and Marine Corps; and the range systems engineering agent for Navy and Marine Corps tactical training ranges.
Dianne M. Costlow, Technical Director, biography
Dianne M. Costlow serves as the Technical Director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. Her responsibilities encompass leading a 1,400-person civilian team in all aspects of independent performance, readiness, and acquisition assessment of warfare systems; ranges systems engineering; and metrology and calibration.
NSWC Corona History
In the years immediately preceding World War II, a concerned Federal Government established the National Research Defense Committee to develop new and more-sophisticated weapons. This is the beginning of what now is known as NSWC Corona, the Navy’s only independent assessment agent. Click here to learn more.