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Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division (NSWC Crane)

Service or Branch: Navy

Location: Crane, IN

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STEM Fields: Chemistry, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics

NSWC CRANE STRATEGIC MISSIONS: With a strong heritage, including nearly 60 years with SSP (Strategic Systems Program) and 30+ years with the Air Force, and an important role with future SSBN capabilities, NSWC Crane is indispensable to the Nuclear Triad. As the Navy’s primary organic field activity for full spectrum life cycle management including hardware, ordnance and power systems, NSWC Crane applies the distinct capabilities inherent in its people and facilities to assure 100% operational readiness of strategic missile systems.

• Integrated Missile Defense (IMD) provides the technologies necessary for the military to respond accurately to a detected threat. Once a perceived threat is realized, technologies supported by IMD are used to determine the nature of the threat, its path and most importantly—how to best respond.
• Threat Detection supports the Warfighter by providing the means to detect and monitor threats to the U.S. and its interests. Strategic Missions experts provide the military with microwave design and engineering solutions that make radar surveillance possible.
• Global Strike provides the Warfighter with the capabilities necessary should a threat be realized. Strategic Missions experts help guarantee that offensive capabilities are fully reliable and always available, through unmatched support of global-strike capabilities such as Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM), land-based Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) and nuclear-powered submarines.

NSWC CRANE SPECIAL MISSIONS: By virtue of a unique, direct relationship with special operations warriors all over the world, NSWC Crane delivers multi-mission, multi-platform sensors and weapons solutions utilizing open architecture/cost efficient design concepts for warrior centric applications. NSWC Crane’s expertise in payload to platform organic capability is driven by their consistent communication and understanding of Naval Special Warfare and Naval Expeditionary Warfighter requirements.

• Sensors personnel are responsible for designing, developing, and delivering real-time integrated solutions to the elite Warfighter, giving them a decisive advantage in the ever-changing combat environment. NSWC Crane experts develop and deploy sensors and communications technologies that enable the most advanced intelligence gathering, and surveillance capabilities for ground, surface and air support. NSWC Crane is integral in sensor integration to platforms that provide tactical communications, situation awareness, remote sensors, close-air support and fire support.
• Specialty Weapons personnel offer full lifecycle support to the elite Warrior with best-in-class technical solutions, including small arms, pyrotechnics/demolition, materials, EO targeting, special ammunition, non-lethal weapons and optically-guided munitions. NSWC Crane’s technical experts and engineers work one-on-one with the Warfighter to research, develop, test and deploy the weapons systems that will protect their lives in the field — integrating threat assessment for proven solutions and risk management. NSWC Crane has supported Special Operations Command (SOCOM) since its inception in 1987.

NSWC CRANE ELECTRONIC WARFARE: With DoD’s largest concentration Multi-Spectrum, Multi-Domain (air, land, sea) EW Expertise, NSWC Crane is leading the Navy in electromagnetic capability development. Spanning all branches of the military, NSWC Crane has the largest concentration of technical EW expertise, facilities and equipment. NSWC Crane provides distinct electronic warfare and integrated spectrum sensing technology, including increased emphasis in an Anti-Access Area Denial environment, for the future EW warfighting capabilities.

• Ground Electronic Warfare experts are dedicated to developing and deploying Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems. These advanced systems provide significant Warfighter protection by preventing enemy detonation of RCIEDs. NSWC Crane continually upgrades CREW systems to keep our Warfighters ahead of the enemy and battle emerging threats in theater, providing technology insertions to our fleet. NSWC Crane provides Ground EW expertise to U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Army forces, as well as coalition partner forces. Anticipating future threats and Warfighter needs is a top priority for Ground EW experts at NSWC Crane. To meet emerging needs, EW Personnel assembled a team of six doctorate experts to spark innovation and develop responsive solutions for the ever-changing threat environment the fleet faces.
• Maritime Electronic Warfare experts support maritime systems with situational awareness, both detecting and tracking targets of interest and providing warnings of possible attacks by enemies. Providing critical protection to Warfighters at sea, the AN/SLQ-32(V) system is installed on every combat surface ship in the Navy. The technology uses threat detection for electronic protection as well as active jamming for electronic attack capabilities, providing proven electronic support and countermeasure protection against enemy missile threats for both U.S. and coalition forces. NSWC Crane also provides protection through support of all decoys and the MK-36/53 Decoy Launching System. Decoy rounds include Chaff (MK-214/216), Infrared (MK-245) and Active (MK-234) Nulka rounds.
• Air domain experts support the warfighter by providing Electronic Attack, Electronic Protection and Electronic Support in the area of Air Electronic Warfare. Infrared/Radio Frequency (IR/RF) Systems Technologies experts at NSWC Crane design and develop effective and reliable infrared countermeasures (IRCM), countermeasures systems, missile warning sensors, laser-based countermeasures, and pyrotechnics, which protect Warfighters and aircraft from heat-seeking missiles by confusing the missiles’ infrared guidance system. NSWC Crane Air EW experts support numerous systems on platforms including the newly deployed EA-18G Growler EW aircraft. Crane provides extensive sustainment capabilities to keep the AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) and the EA-6B Prowler reliable and effective for Warfighters in theater. Other systems the experts support include the C-130 variants, EP-3 Aries II and P-3 Orion. Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) and Airborne EW Defensive Systems experts provide support for airborne and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems, enabling critical electronic intelligence (ELINT).

NSWC CRANE ENTERPRISE: Leveraging product and process efficiency methodologies, NSWC Crane strives to provide the Navy best value, Full Life Cycle Engineering and Technical Capability (Cost-Efficient, On-time, Quality).
• Apply rigor and discipline to both Technical and Business Innovation
• NSWC Crane Integrated Strategy Development and Deployment Process recognized as a NAVSEA Superior Practice
• DoD Value Engineering Leader (32 Awards over last 14 years and $850M+ in savings)
• Innovative S&E Career Path Pilot Program designed to nurture and develop technical talent
• Nationally Recognized Technology Transfer Program with over 200 patents issued and a portfolio of over 400 pieces of intellectual property available for commercialization