If you were leading the defense force of your country, would you keep all of your military bases and locations in one spot? Most definitely not! Having a few locations dotted around the world is advantageous, particularly if a quick response is needed for a faraway country. So if you thought the U.S. Military only had bases around America, you’re very wrong.
Whilst some you may have heard of and are based on home soil, there are a few surprises on this list that you may never have heard of. These strategic bases hold elite members and personnel, where they undergo around the clock training, stationed to serve. So here’s a question for our readers: if you were a soldier, where would you want to be stationed? Hint: it doesn’t have to be America…
Eielson AFB – Alaska
Built in 1941, this Alaskan airbase kicks off our list of U.S military bases. Sure, this one is within the United States, but it is somewhat remote. Maybe the U.S government decided they needed a base close to the North Pole, (to keep Santa Claus well protected of course). AFB Eilson is located just outside of the area that’s famously known as the home of Saint Nick and his helpers. But before you decide to set out and find the jolly man, we’ll just remind you that the temperature doesn’t really go above 4 degrees for a quarter of the year.
If you’re around in the summertime, you’ll find the North Pole likes to party it up. Festivals are hosted during the warmer months, with tourists flocking to see the spectacular Northern Lights. As for the military personnel stationed here, they hopefully find the cold weather agreeable – but if they’re more into sunbaking, they’d perhaps enjoy Miami more!
U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan – Seoul, South Korea
One of the more recent additions to America’s military bases, the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan is located in Seoul, South Korea. Fun fact: this is the only American military base that’s located right in the hustle and bustle of a massive international city. Not all work and no play surely – from the Korean fare to the night scene, troops stationed here would surely be having a good time!
The only downside is it’s next door to North Korea and Mr. Kim Jong Un. You know who we’re talking about. But it seems that the base may not be so functional – it’s set to close but it’s unsure when. Meaning “dragon hill”, Garrison Yongsan is for now, “The Army’s Home in Korea!”
Naval Air Station Sigonella – Sicily, Italy
So if you’re a fan of your pizza and pasta, definitely ask to be stationed here! The Naval Air Station Sigonella base is located in one of Europe’s finest food destinations – Italy. Built in 1959, the Naval Base is situated on the Mediterranean, making it the perfect place to discover Europe when you’ve got time off! If you can handle the fact that its home to one of Italy’s most active volcanoes, then you’ll be fine!
P.S adventurers and daredevils will be pleased to know that you can, in fact, hike the volcano! But one thing is taboo in the area: talking about the Mafia! If you want to keep your limbs or your life, it’s best not to bring them up in conversation. Haven’t you seen The Godfather?
Fort Carson – Colorado Springs
Built in 1942, Fort Carson, Colorado Springs is perhaps one of the preferences higher up on the list for military personnel. Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice – Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain are within the vicinity of the base! It’s also built around the corner (relatively speaking) from the Olympic Training Center. Oh, and did we mention you’re a few stones throws away from the Garden of the Gods?
The 1,300-acre park contains incredible sandstone formations, created by “gods” hence the name! One of the best hometowns in the army, Fort Carson would be on our list!
Incirlik Air Base – Turkey
Now Turkey isn’t perhaps the first place you’d choose to be sent to, especially when compared to Greece or Italy, but America has strategically got an airbase right in the thick of it. Built in 1951, the Incirlik Air Base located in Turkey is controlled by both the Turkish Air Force and United States Air Force. Just a few miles from the
The Mediterranean, this base sees all troops deployed here hosted in the complex. Why you ask? Well, Turkey is not considered to be a safe country by the U.S. government, owing to the large Muslim communities which inhabit the neighboring areas.
Naval Air Station Key West – Florida
Sure, Florida is pretty much a holiday destination – imagine being stationed there! Save for the occasional (ahem) hurricane, it would be a blast! Within the state of Florida, there is a strong presence of the military, with over 55,000 members based in the Sunshine State.
Of the 55,000 military personnel stationed in Florida, the majority of these people are in the Air Force! And these flyboys and fly girls (and support staff) will be enjoying the beautiful warm water and tropical climate for the better part of the year (read: all year).
Morón Air Base – Spain
Hola, we’re now traveling to Spain, to see what the flying morons (we joke…we love puns…) at Morón Air Base in southern Spain. Operational since 1953, Morón was first used by the Spanish Army Air Force to train their up and coming fighter pilots. Like the other international posting opportunities across the globe, Spain surely is another on high up on the list – take in that culture folks!
The people manning the base here provide assistance to help transient/bed-down of aircraft operations, as well as staging of aircraft and personnel in support of US and NATO plans. Other objectives include training exercises and contingency operations, providing aid to both U.S. and other transiting forces.
Naval Air Station Oceana – Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach is home to one of the largest and most advanced air stations in the entire world! The Naval Air Station ‘Oceana’ was built in the 1940s, and is, in fact, a United States Navy Master Jet Base – so if you hear the taking off of jet planes and roaring engines often, it’s certainly no surprise! Fun fact: the navy performs as many as 219,000 operations a year – that’s one heck of a lot of noise!
Due to the frequency of testing the planes, as well as the obvious operational hazards of training exercises going wrong and jets potentially crashing (god forbid!), Virginia Beach was almost closed! There were also talks on the other side of the spectrum, where it was rumored that the navy were to buy 3,400 homes surrounding the base to ensure there was no risk to the public. Imagine how much that would’ve cost!
Camp Rhino – Afghanistan
Forward operating base Rhino has a bit of history. Like the unsavory relations between the US and Afghanistan way back when it was the first US land base established in Afghanistan during the Bush administration. “Operation Enduring Freedom” was the military operation which saw 1100 U.S. Marines set up in the camp for a few months between November 2001 and January 2002.
At the time, the position was second-to-none, and was the US-led coalition’s first foothold in Afghanistan, making the war in Afghanistan possible. It saw many scuffles and played chicken with the Taliban, which finally retreated north, but was ultimately not a fun place to be.
Naval Base Point Loma – San Diego
Sunny San Diego is certainly another one of the more popular choices for military personnel to be stationed. In operation since 1959, the Naval Base at Point Loma is commanded currently by Captain Brien W. Dickson. One of the more flash bases, the fact the architecture was designed and built back in the 1930s and 1940s, gives it an almost art-deco vibe. Cool hey?
Any movie buffs would know that just down the road from Point Loma, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the film Top Gun had some scenes shot there! Imagine back in the 80s running into a young Tom Cruise with his brilliant smile and aviators. Damn.
Naval Support Activity Naples – Italy
Buongiorno! Greetings from Naples, Italia – that’s what our U.S. troops would be saying to you if you visited the base! Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and America has had a base there since 1951. The base was built right on Naples airport, making it pretty easy to get in and out between being stationed!
Under the watchful eye of Navy Captain Douglas W. Carpenter, the base is home to both the U.S. Sixth Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Europe but is in fact controlled by the Italians! Makes sense, when in Rome, right?
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – Maine
Something about Maine that’s almost as famous as its lobsters is the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Built in 1800 and set on 54 acres, Portsmouth has one of the most wonderful views a naval base could ever hope to have! Whilst the majority of naval bases are found on the water (duh), this shipyard is just a tad different. Why? Well, it’s nestled within the historic town of Portsmouth.
First settled back in 1623, these days a lot of the hustle and bustle comes from the military presence. PNS (its acronym), is tasked with the overhaul, repair and modernization of US Navy subs! It’s been building submarines since as far back as 1917 – so if your submarine stops working, you know who to send it to!
Naval Base Guam
Nothing quite like snorkeling in the clear warm waters of Micronesia. With its tropical beaches, Chamorro villages and ancient lattestone pillars, Guam is next up on our list of U.S. bases. Naval Base Guam is located at Apra Harbor, and is headed by Captain Hans E. Sholley.
Aside from the fact you’re somewhat stranded on an island (a sailor’s dream, to be sure!), at least there are at least four beautiful beaches to enjoy on your days off! Oh, and it’s pretty much the gateway to popular destinations like Hawai’i, Japan, Fiji and Australia! Half your luck to be posted here tbh.
Hunter Army Airfield – Georgia
Now before we get into the ins and outs of the Hunter Army Airfield, we want to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers who just recently lost their lives in an unfortunate training accident. Three soldiers in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled into the water – a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division and the community at the base. RIP.
The base, headed up by Lt. Col. Jose Aguilar, is located in Savannah, Georgia, and over 60,000 military personnel call the base home. Daily search and rescue coverage is one of the key objectives for mainstays on the base – it’s been reported that they undertake over 250 SAR cases a year! Aside from SAR, the personnel on the airfield also get involved in drug interdiction (interrupting the drug trade), aids to navigation and law enforcement!
Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii – O’ahu
Aloha and welcome to Hawaii! The Kane’ohe Bay Marine Corps Base on the island of O’ahu has a long history – it goes back to Woodrow Wilson’s administration! In 1918, the former President designated some 300 acres of land towards the building of the base. It also has a history which many Americans don’t remember – it was, in fact, the first base to be attacked in WWII, just 9 minutes before the Japanese went ahead with their bombing of Pearl Harbour.
On December 7, 1941, twenty brave military personnel lost their lives to the attacks of the Japanese army. The base is also important in that it hosts RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific), the largest multinational military exercise to be carried out in the world!
Fort Buchanan – San Juan, Puerto Rico
It’s all about military strategy. Such as the case with this base in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built in 1923 and became a point where Americans could defend the Canal Zone during World War II. The six miles of coastline which extends from the south shore of San Juan Bay also provided an area for training both American and Puerto Rican soldiers, even during the Korean War.
However in September 2017, the wrath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico, and the military based there launched into action! The personnel on the base as well as the Puerto Rico National Guard Readiness Center went out to ensure the welfare of the people, providing checks as well as food and water. Whilst no one likes a natural disaster, the events of 2017 kept Fort Buchanan buzzing!
Marine Barracks – Washington, D.C.
Established in 1801, the Marine Barracks located in Washington, D.C. is more than just a barracks – it’s a National Historic Landmark. It is in fact, the oldest post in the U.S. Marine Corps! Pretty. Since 1806 this hallowed ground has been the official residence of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, as well as the main ceremonial spot for the Corps.
Some history for you: the particular site of the barracks was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows. Why? Well, it was within marching distance of both the Navy yard and the Capitol! Ah, convenience trumps all.
U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart – Germany
Hallo, and welcome to Stuttgart. Clearly, we have a thing with greetings in foreign languages – don’t complain, you’re learning something too! The German base run by Americans sees 24,000 troops living in the Army Garrison. The base is unique in that it also is a roof for the European and Africa Command, with regular consultations between troops stationed in both Europe and Africa, providing support when required.
The base is crucial in the sense that it allows for an almost immediate reaction time to terrorism around the globe – all troops on this base experience exercises which encapsulate a variety of terrorist situations, including reacting to explosive devices, active shooters and catastrophic accidents. Working in close cooperation with Germany, the base is both important and effective.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Washington
Flyboys and flygirls step on up and report to your Captain, Captain Geoff Moore. The head honcho who holds command at the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island has a reputation that precedes him and garnered him the prestigious position! Operational since 1942, the spectacular naval aviation base has been reviewed by military personnel and rated highly – it’s one of the best places to be stationed!
Though in November 2017, it seems some Navy pilots had seen Austin Powers a few too many times and decided to put something in the sky that resembled well… a Johnson. Euphemism. You know what we mean. Residents in the area looked up to the sky and saw the male genitals in the air, and the navy issued an apology: “The U.S. Navy owes you, your parents, and your students an apology for the unacceptable obscene contrails that were created by one of my aircraft on Nov. 16.”
Naval Support Activity – Bahrain
In the Kingdom of Bahrain (yes, that is, in fact, its official title), there is again, U.S military presence! The Naval Support Activity Bahrain (NSA Bahrain) is a naval base operated by the United States Navy. People complain about not getting enough holidays to travel and see the world – it seems like if you join the armed forces, there are certainly a few perks, as far as travel goes!
Home of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and United States Fifth Fleet, this particular base is the main one within the region for all things maritime. Headed up by U.S. Navy Captain Cory R. Howes, he also oversees the operations of satellite bases, including the Navy Region Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia and Camp Lemonier in Djibouti.
Camp Lemonnier – Dijibouti
Located in East Africa, Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, you can find Camp Lemonnier, a United States Expeditionary base. Home to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF – HOA) of the U.S. Africa Command, this base is unique in that it is the only permanent military base on the African continent. It takes its name from French – named after General Émile-René Lemonnier, as it was originally owned by the French military.
Whilst many Americans would be excited about the prospect of living and serving overseas, there are a few things to note before packing your bags to Africa. Firstly, the fact that US troops aren’t allowed to leave the base except by special permission – most of Djibouti City is classified as a “no-go area.” Yikes!
Joint Base Charleston – South Carolina
Now some jargon for you – a joint base is a base of the U.S. Military utilized by multiple military services; one service hosts one or more other services as tenants on the base! Now Joint Base Charleston is one of these, with the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Marines all using the base for their training and exercises. Located half in North Charleston and half in Goose Creek, Southern Carolina, the station is hosted by “America’s friendliest city” (Conde Nast Traveler).
Established in 1941, the military airport shares runways with Charleston International Airport too! In 2000 there was a buzz surrounding the base though when Naval Nuclear Power Training Command saw 72 sailors discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Google for more info folks
Marine Corps Recruit Depot – Parris Island, South Carolina
Now MCRD Parris Island is pretty special – because all individuals enlisted in the U.S. Marines undergo recruit training in either Parris Island or San Diego – so if you’re a Marine, chances are you know the ins and outs of this place!
Established in the 1890s when the first Marines were assigned to Parris Island, it took a few years before MCRD was officially designated as such – it was in 1915 to be specific. Each year the facility sees over 17,000 recruits enter for training. Fun fact: you might see the base in Stanley Kubrick’s film Full Metal Jacket!
Dimona Radar Facility – Israel
Shalom! With just 120 United States military inhabiting the facility, the Dimona Radar Facility is situated in the Negev desert, 35 kilometers west of the Dead Sea. So hey, if it gets a bit intense, staff can go and float away from their troubles in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea! The facility comprises two 1300 foot tall radar towers, designed specifically to track ballistic missiles through space.
They also assist in providing ground-based missiles with the radar strength needed to intercept them before hitting the earth. So pretty darn important if there’s a war! Also, they keep a watchful eye on nations harboring nuclear weapons but who are not so open as to disclose the quantities they possess! The state-of-the-art radar technology can detect missiles as far as 1500 miles away. Whilst they are strictly operated by the U.S. Military, they do provide some information to Israel.
Camp Zama – Japan
Now Japan and America don’t exactly have the best history, but hey, we’re working on our relations. In what way is this happening? Well, for starters, the United States Army has a military installation in Japan. Named Camp Zama, the base is located in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, 25 miles south of Tokyo city. Formerly considered a more rural spot, urban sprawl has seen communities cropping up, including housing developments and shopping centers. Not so rural anymore!
It took over the site of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, and is close to both the Sagami River near the Tanzawa Mountains in the Kantō region. Fun fact: Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the camp in 1984, addressing a group of 1200.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton – California
There are certainly worse places to be stationed than beautiful sunny California, right? Camp Pendleton is one of the major West Coast military bases, specifically housing the United States Marine Corps. Established back in 1942, it was initially used to train U.S. Marines preparing for combat in World War II.
The “permanent installation” was named after Joseph Henry Pendleton, an advocate (benefactor??) of the Marine Corps base. Due to its location and proximity to the water and coastline, it’s the perfect training spot for all U.S. Marines.
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base – Cuba
Now Guantanamo Bay has a reputation which precedes it – and it’s certainly not a good one. More infamous than famous, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base is the oldest overseas United States Naval Base. Sitting on 45 miles stretching out across both land and water, the Cuban government, in fact, deems the U.S. territory as illegal!
Now for the infamous part – Guantanamo Bay, since 2002 was one of the most high-security military prisons for enemies of the state, and unlawful combatants during the War on Terror. It seems that what goes on there stays there, with rumors often circulating of torture procedures as well as lack of protection under Geneva Conventions. So if you’re ever sent there as a prisoner, good luck. If you’re sent there as personnel, good luck also.
Crete Naval base – Greece
This Crete Naval Base is a primary base which the Hellenic Navy and NATO call home. Located in Souda Bay in Crete, Greece, this base is, in fact, the largest naval base for both the United States and NATO on the Mediterranean. Also home to the only deepwater port in Southern Europe, it is one of the only spots capable of holding the largest aircraft carriers, making it a strategically important base for the region.
Aside from being important on the Mediterranean front, we’re sure troops are loving the fact that they’re just a short boat ride from some of the best food on the Mediterranean! We’ll take three serves of halloumi and some grilled octopus to start. Thanks.
Thule Air Base – Greenland
For those of you who don’t mind some extreme cold or lack of light for half the year, Greenland would indeed be a pretty cool spot to be stationed. Thule Air Base is the United States Air Force’s northernmost base located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 947 miles from the North Pole on the northwest side of Greenland. Surrounded by a picturesque setting (Instagrammers would be jelly), including icebergs in North Star Bay, two islands, a polar ice sheet, and the spectacular Wolstenholme Fjord, it’s certainly a sight you wouldn’t get sick of, really!
The airfield handles roughly 3,000 U.S. and international flights per calendar year. It is the only U.S. Airforce base assigned with a tugboat that in fact helps with ships in the summer, as well as for sightseeing!
Naval Postgraduate School – Monterey, CA
Look, you people who live in California are so blessed, and anyone in the military is probably envious if you get posted there. The Naval Postgraduate School located in Monterey is pretty much a nice way to say you’re part of the Armed Forces. Just kidding! We’re just going off rumors okay… don’t shoot the messenger. It does, however, have many advantages for students: those undergoing training programs or study are on a student schedule, with reasonable work hours and no deployments! You can see why this would be a choice posting for many.
This particular school as well is prestigious in that many notable astronauts have in fact graduated from this school, as well as high ranking members of the Navy. Fun fact: astronaut Eugene Cernan graduated from here and was the last person to have walked on the moon! He’s spent almost 600 hours in space, so we’re guessing he must’ve been a great student too!
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base – New Orleans
Mmmm… bring me some Gumbo and Jambalaya puh-lease! Okay, just because we’re in New Orleans doesn’t mean we have to lose ourselves over the food (yes we do), because we’re reporting on military bases, duh. Built in 1942, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base has a pretty self-explanatory title – it is home to Air Force Reserve, Coast Guard, and some Navy personnel, and is used jointly by these forces.
The base contains the Alvin Callender Field military airport, and runs exercises for strike fighter squadrons, helicopter attack squadrons as well as other Navy and US Army activities.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego
MCRD San Diego is a military installation which lies between San Diego Bay and Interstate 5. It was chosen as a spot to train enlisted recruits living West of the Mississippi River, and sees over 21,000 recruits come through its doors for training.
As well as being a training camp, the Depot is home to the Marine Corps’ Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region’s Drill Instructors School. A history lesson tells us that the base only came to be due to the perseverance of first commanding officer Colonel Joseph Henry Pendleton (ahem Camp Pendleton anyone?), in the late 1910s.
Ramstein Air Base – Germany
This one happens to be the fatherland to the U.S Air Force. Located in South-Western Germany, the Ramstein Air Base is the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Base in Europe. It’s also home to NATO Allied Air Command. Did you know over 54,000 American servicemen and women and US civilian employees are based there in Germany?
In pop culture, the Ramstein airbase is quite well known – did you know that it was supposedly where fictional character Lois Lane was born? It’s also popped up in films, games, literature and music (anyone a fan of Rammstein?)!
Francis E. Warren Air Force Base – Wyoming
Named after the former governor of Wyoming, Frances E. Warren, there’s no greater honor than having an Air Force Base named after you right? Named after Warren in 1930, the base, which is around 3 miles to the west of Cheyenne in Wyoming, is one of the United States’ most strategically placed missile bases. Home to both the 90th Missile Wing and the twentieth Air Force, this base commands all of the United States Air Force’s ICBMs or intercontinental ballistic missiles. T
hese are the big guns. Bigger than the big guns, in fact. Does anyone remember their history? Cuban missile crisis? Yeah. There’s a bit of a history with this base too – it is the oldest continuously active military hub within the Air Force, established all the way back in 1867 by the US Army. Since 1947 the Air Force has called it one of its many homes.
Mountain Warfare Training Center – California
Located just north of Bridgeport California, you can find the United States Marine Corps known as the Mountain Warfare Training Center. Situated within the Toiyabe National Forest, the center’s main operations base around preparing U.S. Marines and Allied forces in operating in situations and environments where they need mountain training! So basically if you want to be like Bear Grylls, you train here.
From navigating mountainous terrain to coping with high altitude and cold weather environments, the center is extremely specialized. The Mountain Warfare Training Center also helps out the DoD Agencies in developing doctrines for warfighting as well as operating specialized equipment in mountain and cold weather operations. Established in 1951, it was originally used to provide training for units en route to Korea!
Andersen Air Force Base – Guam
Situated four miles northeast of Yigo in the United States territory of Guam is another U.S. Air Force Base – the Andersen Air Force Base. Situated 30 miles from Naval Base Guam, the host unit located at Andersen is the 36th Wing assigned to the PAF Eleventh Air Force. It’s not technically a defense base – it’s a non-flying wing and is primarily used to provide support to air and space forces of USAF as well as to foreign air forces.
West of the Hawaiian Air Force Base, Andersen is the most important base, and can in fact base U.S. strategic bombers! Watch out!
Pacific Missile Range Facility – Hawaii
Hawaii is known not just for relaxing holidays and Pearl Harbour – did you know that the Pacific Missile Range Facility is also housed on the island state? The state-of-the-art testing and training missile range is located five miles northwest of Kauai County. It was chosen due to its remoteness but also due to its year-round tropical weather.
The base encapsulates a land area of 2,385 acres, with 1,100 square miles of underwater range and 42,000 square miles of controlled airspace. For the aircraft which are operated and tested, there’s also a 6,000-foot runway! Fun fact: it’s the only range in the world where subs, surface ships, aircraft and space vehicles can operate and be tracked.
The Pentagon – Washington, D.C.
Country, Virginia. It is also the subject of many films The building sprawls over a massive 6,500,000 square feet, with 3,700,000 of those used as offices! A symbol of the United States military and American fortitude, the labyrinth-like Pentagon is of course, shaped like a pentagon, five-sided with five above-ground stories. Did you know the building contains a total of 17.5 miles in corridors!
With just under 25,000 personnel and a few thousand support staff (civilians), it’s definitely created some jobs! It too was in fact attacked on September 11, 2001 after the tragedy of the World Trade Center in New York City, when a hijacked plane was flown into the side of the building!
Naval Station Rota – Spain
The famed Spanish fishing town is not just a little town – it’s in fact the largest military community in Spain, housing both U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Commanded by a Spanish Rear Admiral, the whole operation is fully funded by the U.S Government. Sure, it sounds exotic as a location to be posted, but we’re sure many Americans would never visit the Providence of Cádiz, by the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria in their entire life!
Since its construction in 1953, it has since welcomed thousands and thousands of American military personnel and has long been considered crucial in both its maritime and strategic importance. If you quickly Google Maps its location, you’ll see what we mean!
The United States Naval Research Laboratory – Washington, D.C.
Bringing it home, at the end of our list is a base situated on home soil. The United States Naval Research Laboratory is the corporate research lab for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps, and is deemed the tasks of conducting scientific research, applied research, looking into technological development as well as prototyping! Sounds like the ultimate science lab and robotics lab! The Naval Research laboratory is one of the first R&D labs.
Did you know it was opened in 1923? And did you also know that it was pushed to open by none other than our lightbulb friend Thomas Edison? Pretty cool huh! It’s estimated that roughly $1 billion is put towards research and development within the laboratory. Sounds like a lot, but for science and technology, this is the bread and butter of funding. When you’re working on projects that are timely and expensive, working in areas such as plasma physics, space physics, materials science and tactical electronic warfare, every dollar counts!