Savannah River and Navy Engineering Lab Partner to Advance Innovation

March 23, 2023

AIKEN, S.C. – The Department of Energy – Savannah River (DOE-SR) signed a memorandum of agreement with the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic to open channels of collaboration that advance technology solutions for each organization.

Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) will act as an agent of the DOE-SR and will directly support the cooperative science and technology interchange with NIWC Atlantic. The cooperative agreement seeks to develop dual-use training, testing and experimentation to enhance each organization’s research and development efforts – from electromagnetic warfare and spectrum operations to cybersecurity and autonomous systems.

“For us, this partnership is to accelerate solutions to the warfighter,” said Capt. Nicole Nigro, NIWC Atlantic commanding officer. “This agreement can help us each learn, ask questions and ultimately develop solutions that are jointly evaluated in relevant environments and respective of our missions.”

“SRNL is outstanding in its ability to deploy leading-edge technologies and engineering solutions and we are excited to be directly involved with NIWC Atlantic and learn how we can best support our warfighters,” said SRNL Laboratory Director Vahid Majidi. “Partnership with NIWC Atlantic will create advanced solutions for some of the most complex problems in the national security landscape, which benefits our nation and the whole of government.”

One major driver of the important signing was NIWC Atlantic’s Palmetto Tech Bridge (PTB), whose director believes in the urgency of the Department of Navy’s stated goal of achieving a competitive advantage over America’s pacing threats.

“I believe this will be a new model of intergovernmental cooperation and technical collaboration,” said Erik Gardner, PTB director. “We each have a lot to offer. We are each on a mission to provide world-class S&T solutions to our customers. One way for us to increase the pace of those solutions is to join forces with exceptional organizations like the DOE’s SRNL that share a common technical focus in the same critical technology space as NIWC Atlantic.”

The PTB exists to connect, reinforce and sustain “acceleration ecosystems,” partnering with academia, nontraditional small businesses, government labs and others to share information, support collaboration spaces and generate dual-use solutions that both meet national defense needs and enhance the region’s economy.

SRNL, which is located near Aiken, South Carolina, and not far from NIWC Atlantic headquarters in Charleston, applies state-of-the-art science to provide practical, high-value, cost-effective solutions to complex technical problems, such as the detection of weapons of mass destruction, the development of hydrogen as an energy source and the need for a viable national defense.

“In today’s environment, with the fierce competition for information superiority, NIWC Atlantic is constantly looking for ways to rapidly deliver the kind of competitive advantages that will deter armed conflict,” said Peter C. Reddy, NIWC Atlantic executive director. “Our partnership with SRNL, an innovative organization with a world-class reputation, can help accelerate those technical solutions that give our men and women in uniform the competitive and tactical edge.”

About NIWC Atlantic

As a part of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities. Learn more at

About SRNL

Savannah River National Laboratory is a multi-program federally funded research and development center that’s managed and operated by Battelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC (BSRA) for the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. SRNL puts science to work to protect the nation by providing practical, cost-effective solutions to the nation’s environmental, nuclear security, nuclear materials management, and energy security challenges (

Media contact: SRNL Media Relations