USA: ONR Welcomes New Chief

ONR Welcomes New Chief

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) welcomed their 24th chief of naval research in a change of command ceremony Nov. 17 at the Washington Navy Yard.

Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder relieved Rear Adm. Nevin Carr, who previously led ONR and retired from the Navy after 34 years of service.

“The reality is that when it comes to assigning stewardship of the Navy’s research establishment, and with it, the stewardship of our future Navy, we are careful to select only the very best,” said Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Sean Stackley.

As head of ONR, Klunder has oversight of the Department of the Navy’s $1.9 billion investment in science, technology, research and development efforts. He will manage ONR’s broad range of portfolios, including basic and applied research, military technology advancement, youth and university education programs and international scientific partnerships.

“Rear Adm. Klunder has a great background for this job,” Carr said. “He has a deep understanding of how we interface with larger programs. I’m very excited about turning over this wonderful organization to such a knowledgeable leader.”

Klunder joins ONR after serving as director of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities division in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance in the Pentagon, where he has been responsible for overseeing naval autonomous vehicles and a number of other critical Navy programs. Prior to that post, he was the 83rd commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Klunder has served at sea as air wing commander of Carrier Air Wing 2, and commanding officer and department head of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1982 and has qualified in the E-2C Hawkeye and the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.

ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

Naval Today Staff, November 18, 2011; Image: navy