“The technical acumen of India’s scientists, professors and students was quite impressive-their expertise can definitely help our science and technology efforts to continue advancing in this research area,” said Captain Rob Palisin, Assistant Chief of Naval Research (ACNR) after his trip from Bengaluru, India last week. During the trip he met and discussed with the scientists to advance new ways to address blast mitigation. He toured some of the world-class research facilities in India and anticipated there will be additional opportunities to expand the collaborative engagement between U.S. and India.
The ACNR’s visit is a follow-up of recent meetings with Indian researchers in Arlington, Virginia, where topics ranged from traumatic brain injury to high-altitude fatigue and the effects of the atmosphere on high-energy lasers. Those meetings included naval officers, scientists, ONR Global leadership and other U.S. officials during Aug. 12-14. The Joint Technical Group (JTG), the tri-service program (including Navy, Army and Air Force participation) represents another example of the growing partnerships between the U.S. and Indian scientific communities to truly push the frontiers of knowledge in the sciences, where both the countries rely on collaborative efforts. Cooperation in science and technology is the lifeblood of scientific advancement.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) U. S. and ONR Global have increased scientific cooperation with the Indian government in recent weeks to help build and strengthen international partnerships. A series of high-profile meetings in India were held from August 21 to 23.
A U.S. Navy research vessel Roger Revelle has carried scientists from both nations into the dark, choppy waters of the Bay of Bengal, on a month-long mission, to find new ways on monsoon prediction.
Finally, the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Cooperation, seeks to strengthen U.S.-India cooperation in carrier and related defense matters. All of these efforts further develop key partnerships that provide cutting-edge technologies to Sailors and Marines today and in the future; greatly benefit the general public of both nations; and support the Pacific Pivot announced by the Obama administration in 2013.