About Naval Research Laboratory, DC
The Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. is the primary corporate research laboratory for both the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. The laboratory conducts both basic and applied research, with a specific focus on research that enhances the Navy's capacity around the world.
Thomas Edison first floated the idea for a Naval Research Laboratory in 1915, but World War I delayed the opening of the lab and operations did not officially begin until 1923. The facility grew rapidly during World War II and now employs more than 2,500 people, filling out a site on the Potomac River in the District of Columbia.
Among the many accomplishments of the Naval Research Laboratory is the development of the Global Positioning System (GPS), radar, and nuclear-powered submarines. GPS, in particular, has become one of the most-used commercial technologies of the 21st century.