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Junior Navy Technologists Create Autonomous Swarm Capability for Warfighters
August 31, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN (Aug. 7, 2018) – Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commanding Officer Capt. Godfrey ‘Gus’ Weekes holds the USS Arlington (LPD-24) coin that was presented to NSWCDD Sly Fox Mission 23 team members while they were deployed aboard the Arlington for a week via the Scientists, Engineers and Logisticians to Sea program sponsored by NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity and NSWCDD. While at sea, the seven-member Mission 23 team presented the NSWCDD coin to Arlington’s commanding officer, who in turn, presented his warship’s coin to the Dahlgren junior scientists and engineers. Pictured left to right at the demonstration of Autonomous Remote Tactical Engagement Multi-Domain Intelligence Swarm capabilities: Conrad Brown, Ryan Munz, Kim Wendt, Capt. Weekes, Philip Costello, Devon McKiver, Luis Valcourt-Colon, and Melissa Markle.

Royal Australian Navy Delegation Visits NSWC Dahlgren Division in the Wake of RIMPAC 2018
August 30, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 16, 2018) – Dr. Chris Lloyd, High Energy Laser Lethality Lead at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), briefs Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Commodore Peter Leavy and his delegation at the NSWCDD Laser Lethality Lab during the RAN delegation's NSWCDD visit. Lloyd explained the importance of rigorous modeling and laboratory testing against target materials to ensure high energy laser systems are built that meet the requirements of the warfighter once fielded. NSWCDD is drawing on its knowledge of electromagnetic launchers, hypervelocity projectiles, and directed energy weapons, in addition to its established core capabilities in complex warfare systems development and integration to incorporate electric weapons technology into existing and future fighting forces and platforms. (Photo by U.S. Navy/Released)

Dahlgren looks to its past ahead of centennial celebration
August 13, 2018
John Elliot (left) and Barry Mohle talk about the changes that have taken place over the years at the Potomac River Test Range at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. The base is gearing up to celebrate its centennial

New Supervisors Propel Toward Success at NAVSEA Warfare Centers
August 1, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (June 21, 2018) - New first-line supervisors from divisions across the Naval Warfare Centers are pictured during their tour of the Human Performance Laboratory at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). They are in the midst of a five-day course called 'Propel' that provides an introductory level awareness of Warfare Center expectations for supervisors. The NSWCDD tour and briefings - focusing on the Electromagnetic Railgun Facility, the Potomac River Test Range, and the Human Performance Laboratory - gave the Propel students a deeper look into the work being done at Dahlgren. Meanwhile, they have been increasing their collaboration and understanding of operations throughout the Warfare Centers. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

“Loud booms” inspire intern’s dream career path
July 30, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (July 10, 2018) - Sarah Wessel and her mentor, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division engineer Matt Henning, examine the Advanced Beam Control Locating and Engaging - Enhanced Tracking System (ABLE-ETS) gimbal. The ABLE ETS Gimbal is part of a pointing and image tracking system. Last summer, Wessel converted the gimbal's pointing controller Simulink code into C++ code. ABLE-ETS is a Joint Technology Office funded test bed for maturing directed energy and high-energy laser technologies, including tracking, sensors, and lasers. 

Wessel is interning at Dahlgren through the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Student Employment Program (SSEP). The program provides direct hire authority for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students enrolled in STEM majors. The program was established to provide interns with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and possibly provide financial aid to support educational goals. Additionally, this program will provide a streamlined and accelerated hiring process to compete successfully with private industry for high-quality scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematics students for filling scientific and engineering positions.

Middle School Students Brief Congressman on STEM Technologies to Solve Simulated Navy Challenges
July 13, 2018
IMAGE: KING GEORGE. Va. (June 25, 2018) - Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) observes middle school students engage in one of ten science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities at the 2018 STEM Summer Academy sponsored by Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Students briefed their mentors, teachers, and visitors, including Wittman, on how they overcame a variety of Navy focused problems with STEM, creativity, communication, and teamwork throughout the week-long academy

NSWC Dahlgren Division Biologist Receives 2017 Dr. Delores M. Etter Award
July 9, 2018
IMAGE:  WASHINGTON (Jun. 29, 2018) - James F. Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)), joins Dr. Delores M. Etter, former (ASN (RD&A)) and current professor emeritus, Southern Methodist University, as they present the 2017 Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers Award for Individual Engineers to Dr. Tony Buhr, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, during a ceremony at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Top Navy Combat Control and Directed Energy Leaders Recognized at NAVSEA Ceremony
July 9, 2018
IMAGE: Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and James Smerchansky, NAVSEA Executive Director, presented the Scientific and Professional Executive Award to NSWCDD engineer Dr. Frank Peterkin at a NAVSEA headquarters ceremony, June 18. 

As the Navy's Distinguished Engineer for Directed Energy, Peterkin is responsible for assessing directed energy efforts across the Navy, technology development, and warfighting applications and for providing strategic direction in the development of directed energy capabilities. Peterkin is the driving technical force behind the Navy Laser Family of Systems which will result in the fielding of lasers onto surface ships.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for RD&A Tours NSWCDD
July 3, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (June 28, 2018) - Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Chief Innovation Officer Nelson Mills demonstrates the Bluescape collaboration software for James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research for Development and Acquisition, during his tour of the NSWCDD Innovation Lab (iLab). NSWCDD Commanding Officer Capt. Godfrey 'Gus' Weekes looks on as Mills explains how the virtual workspace allows for real-time cloud-based collaboration. Virtualization and directed energy were among the briefs NSWCDD scientists and engineers presented to Geurts who also observed a laser demonstration. As the Navy's acquisition executive, Geurts has oversight of an annual budget in excess of $60 billion and is responsible for equipping and supporting Sailors and Marines with the best platforms, systems and technology as they operate around the globe in defense of the nation.

Navy Professor’s Family History Parallels U.S. Founding Father’s Vision on Education
June 20, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (May 29, 2018) – Dr. Carson Eoyang – keynote speaker at the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Observance – shares 10 rules for success that he learned from his parents and teachers. He fine-tuned the rules while working on degree programs at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford - rules that continued to impact his professional career in federal service. Eoyang credited education as the key to his family’s success after his father emigrated from China to the United States after World War II.