America is a maritime nation with global responsibilities that require its naval forces to be respected around the world and decisively be where it matters, when it matters. More than ever, our Sailors and Marines depend upon technological advantages to help keep the peace, fight, win and come home safe-I am certain this strategy delivers that for them. The Office of Naval Research was established by law in 1946 to ensure the technical superiority of our Navy and Marine Corps. Since then, science and technology (S and T) investments have yielded continuous payoffs and contributed to nearly every weapon system in the hands of Sailors and Marines today. This work must continue; however, breakthroughs dont happen overnight. The Naval S and T Strategy guides ongoing research-about 1 percent of the Department of the Navy's (DoN) annual budget-that enables the efforts of our dedicated naval scientists and engineers in the Naval Research Enterprise. They are the driving force of innovation in DoN today, and of game changing capabilities still to come.