Naval Surface Warfare Center-Corona (Corona, CA)
The Navy's Independent Assessment Agent
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers are the Navy's principal research, development, test and evaluation, analysis and assessment activities for ship and submarine platform and machinery technology for surface combat systems, ordnance, mines, and strategic systems products and support.
As part of NAVSEA, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division is one of the Navy's newest federal labs and is responsible for gauging the warfighting capability of weapons and integrated combat systems, through assessment of systems' performance, readiness, quality, supportability, and the adequacy of training. The Navy, Marine Corps and other military agencies rely on NSWC Corona to validate whether complex weapons and combat systems work properly; whether their measurements are accurate and the calibrations are right; and whether their training is effective in preparation for the fight.
With nearly 2,400 scientists, engineers, support staff and contractors, the command’s support to the Fleet, program managers and warfighters has saved the Navy tens of millions of dollars by providing decision makers with accurate, unbiased information used to resolve problems early in the development cycle. Corona's four departments are organized in support of a subset of the Navy's chartered technical capabilities which, in collaboration with the other warfare centers, form a strategic and synergistic team ready to meet the challenges of the future. The Warfare Center is home to three premiere national laboratories and assessment centers: the Joint Warfare Assessment Lab; the Measurement Science and Technology Lab; and the new Daugherty Memorial Assessment Center.
Corona Division Departments
The Acquisition and Readiness Assessment Department serves as the Navy’s combat, weapons, and warfare system’s performance and material readiness independent assessment agent. Combat Assessment designs, develops and implements the criteria, procedures, techniques, and analysis methodology for assessing, monitoring, and reporting the performance and readiness of combat systems. Additional responsibilities include analysis of comprehensive test and material maintenance data to provide leadership with indices of combat system readiness and identification of performance limiters and drivers.
Range Systems Engineering department analyzes Force-level training, providing information to Fleet decision makers. Functions include analyzing Fleet exercise performance, enabling training by providing range systems engineering and management to meet Fleet Readiness Training Program requirements, conducting range system operational assessments, and providing engineering solutions for military test and training range communication, data distribution, and weapon scoring instrumentation.
The Performance Assessment Department serves as the independent performance assessment agent for warfare and combat systems, Battle Force programs, Joint Warfare programs, and related Battle Force interoperability. Joint Forces designs, develops and implements the criteria, procedures, techniques, and analysis methodology for assessing and monitoring joint systems performance and interoperability.
The Measurement Science and Engineering Department at NSWC Corona serves as the United States Navy’s Metrology and Calibration (METCAL) Program’s primary technical authority. The engineers and technicians, working in metrology engineering, ensure that weapons systems and support equipment measurement accuracies are valid, uniform, and traceable to national measurement standards or natural physical constants.