The Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium promotes the rapid development, prototyping and commercialization of innovative undersea and maritime technology and advances learning in the undersea and maritime sector for commercial, academic, and defense organizations. Our Consortium-based model welcomes participation by organizations - both traditional and non-traditional - who have technologies that can contribute to undersea and maritime domain applications.
The undersea and maritime technology domain is uniquely poised to expand and grow its economic impact and related technology jobs. The UTIC is partnered with Raytheon Company, the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Deepwater Wind and many others. The UTIC community reflects the highly skilled and trained undersea and maritime technology workforce unique to this specialized environment.
As stated by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in September 2014, our region “has become the Silicon Valley of Undersea Warfare. It’s not only that our submarines are built here. It’s that their critical underlying technology, capabilities, and future operational concepts are developed here, as well. The close proximity and strong links between academia at the Naval War College, R&D [research and development] at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and industry at regional businesses both large and small – suppliers, design teams, engineers, and manufacturers – all have created an innovation ecosystem that’s vital to supporting our national defense enterprise. Private-sector expertise helps give our military its technological edge, and helps drive the economic strength that undergirds our national power. And the private-sector industrial base has always been there when we always needed it … and we need it today.”
The undersea and maritime cluster has seen significant technology advances, innovation and increased market presence in critical undersea and maritime technology areas including shipbuilding, defense and security, ocean science and exploration, energy and resources, port security, and robotics. Opportunities for further technology advances and increased market growth are supported by a formal and focused undersea and maritime technology innovation ecosystem and collaborative consortium of academic and industry professionals supporting defense and commercial opportunities.