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The Department of the Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently held its 2008 S&T Partnership Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. ONR's mission is to provide the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological warfighting dominance. The purpose of the conference was to provide engagement opportunities between ONR partners and customers. The three-day conference included speakers, information sessions and an exhibit hall.

One of the highlights of the conference was the Chief of Naval Research Challenge, which gave attendees the opportunity to submit new proposals and ideas to ONR. Dr. Walter F. Jones, ONR's executive director, called this effort a success.

"I think what this conference represents is our serious focus on engagement with the community. We want to reach out for the best ideas and the brightest people where ever they may be," Jones said.

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