In reviewing the current balance of nonlinear science research at NRL, the panel felt that the computational and theoretical science and engineering efforts were of appropriate size and strength but that the experimental nonlinear science and applied mathematics efforts, although containing very strong individuals, were perhaps subcritical in staffing. Efforts to enhance these latter two areas, by selective hiring of outstanding, interactive individuals interested in contributing to the nonlinear science effort across NRL, could be of great benefit. Both to foster interactions within NRL and to enhance contacts with the external nonlinear community, it is important for SPNLS to maintain the following:

  • A high-visibility, intellectually exciting program of seminars, colloquia, and conferences;
  • An active program of support for joint postdoctoral research fellows, graduate student interns, and summer students; and
  • An attractive environment for visits by university faculty and other non-NRL researchers, with suitable arrangements for visits ranging from a few days to a full yearlong sabbatical.

Allocation of sufficient resources to enable these programs should be a priority for NRL.

In summary, by focusing and expanding slightly its sound existing base of expertise in nonlinear science and by leveraging its investment through interactions with external centers of excellence in this area, NRL can ensure that all its researchers and ultimately the Navy will continue to receive the full intellectual and technological benefits of the ongoing revolution in our understanding of inherently nonlinear phenomena.

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