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The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) is a shore command of the U.S. Navy under the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and performs cutting edge research and development and is the leader in warfare systems design and integration, ensuring warfare systems superiority for the warfighter. NSWCDD has two primary sites - its headquarters at Dahlgren, Virginia, and the NSWCDD Combat Direction Systems Activity (CDSA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia - as well as small detachments and off-site locations across the United States.

Dahlgren Division has always been a significant contributor to the economy of Virginia and nearby Maryland with annual budget of $1.5 billion. Our capabilities and facilities are critical to our success. Dahlgren RDT&E is anchored to the Potomac River Rest Range, which provides a fully instrumental over-water capability to develop and evaluate naval systems in a marine environment.