Our Mission and Objective
The mission of the LMR program is to develop, demonstrate, and assess information and technology solutions to protect
living marine resources by minimizing the environmental risks of Navy at-sea training and testing activities while preserving
core Navy readiness capabilities. This mission is accomplished by:
• Providing science-based information to support Navy environmental effects assessments for research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation (RDAT&E) as well as Fleet at-sea training, exercises, maintenance and support activities.
• Improving knowledge of the status and trends of marine species of concern and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
• Developing the scientific basis for the criteria and thresholds to measure the effects of Navy generated sound.
• Improving understanding of underwater sound and sound field characterization unique to assessing the biological consequences resulting from underwater sound (as opposed to tactical applications of underwater sound or propagation loss modeling for military communications or tactical applications).
• Developing technologies and methods to monitor and, where possible, mitigate biologically significant consequences to living marine resources resulting from naval activities, emphasizing those consequences that are most likely to be biologically significant.
The program is focused on three primary objectives that influence program management priorities and directly affect the program’s
success in accomplishing its mission:
1. Collect, Validate & Rank R&D Needs: Expand awareness of 6.4 research program opportunities within the Navy marine resource community to encourage and facilitate the submittal of well-defined and appropriate needs statements.
2. Address High Priority Needs: Ensure that program investments and the resulting projects maintain a direct and consistent link to the defined user needs.
3. Transition Solutions & Validate Benefits: Maximize the number of program-derived solutions that are successfully transitioned to the Fleet and system commands (SYSCOMs).
The LMR program is sponsored by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (N45) and managed
by the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC). Additionally, the Living Marine Resources Advisory Committee (LMRAC)
oversees the program with participation from CNO N45, Office of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Energy, Installations and Environment
(OASN EI&E), Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), US Fleet Forces Command (USFF), Pacific Fleet Forces Command (PACFLT), and Office of Naval Research (ONR).
The Technical Review Committee (TRC) provides expert technical advice to the LMRAC.
This site is intended as a public resource to provide information about the LMR program, its technology investments,
and the process of collecting and responding to the submission of needs and proposed solutions.