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Developing Technology to Combat Terrorism Under the Sea

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) recently joined with other national leaders in underwater research and development to form the nation's first Center of Excellence in Undersea Technology (CoEUT).

The U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) established the CoEUT with an industry and academic team led by the University of Rhode Island (URI) in February as part of its mission to maintain U.S. superiority in undersea warfare and to improve homeland security. The Navy is sponsoring the CoEUT as a means of coordinating research priorities and producing partnerships to solve technological challenges.

The Center's mission is to develop important dual-use technology for environmental protection and management, human health impacts, aquaculture, crises management, ocean energy systems, and port and harbor security through cooperative research, product development, technology transfer, and science and technology training and educational alliances between NUWC and other center partners.

Stephen Farrington and Joe Keranen of ARA's New England Division are leading the company's involvement as an official commercial partner of CoEUT. "We're proud that ARA was invited to join the CoEUT. It helps demonstrate our place alongside the best academic and government experts in undersea technology, and more importantly gives customers one contract vehicle for accessing all three," said Mr. Farrington.

In addition to URI, CoEUT's academic partners include the University of Southern California, North Carolina A&T State University, the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth and Boston), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Private sector partners, in addition to ARA, include Ocean State Technology Corporation, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Raytheon IDS, SAIC, ASC, Eminent, Ocean Server, Rite Solutions, Applied Science Associates, SubChem Systems, WetLab, and United Technology Research Center.