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3 program to bring appropriate concepts to fruition. 3 program that includes development of advanced platform concepts may be the persistent lack of adequate funding. 3 Navy Department ship and submarine technology funding from FY82 through 1Naval Studies Board, National Research Council. 1997. Technology for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, 2000- 2035: Becoming a 21st-Century Force, Vol. 6, Platforms. : National Academy Press. S. C. FY99. 3 program. 3 investment for all ship and submarine technology in the FY99 President’s Budget was about $100 million per year, which covers efforts in structures, internal machinery, topside signature reduction, and electromagnetic compatibility as well as hydromechanics.

Nominal research support is provided by the SNAME hydrodynamics panel, but again, limited funding allows for little more than seed money for approximately five projects per year. Often these small grants enable the principal investigator to develop a new idea in sufficient detail to allow submitting a more comprehensive proposal to other sources for funding. S. ship operating and shipbuilding industry has been noted for its reluctance to support R&D applicable to the commercial industry, primarily because the market is small or nonexistent.

S. universities, laboratories like NSWCCD still manage to meet their personnel needs by means of the kind described above. Through its enlightened funding of fundamental science and engineering, ONR has built up a loyalty among the principal investigators in academia, and they stand ready and prepared to respond 1Coincidentally, Japan, formerly the leading shipbuilding country, currently graduates approximately 300 students with bachelor’s degrees in naval architecture each year. Anecdotal evidence suggests that not all of them can find jobs in the shipbuilding industry.

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