As the organization “responsible for an identifiable aggregation of resources that constitute inputs to warfare and supporting tasks,” each area of technology development within the Navy has a corresponding OPNAV Resource Sponsor. The US Marine Corps (USMC) is organized outside of OPNAV; the USMC’s Department of Programs & Resources is roughly equivalent.[1]

Major OPNAV resource sponsors are listed in the table below, and may be helpful in deriving who the resource sponsor may be for your technology area. You should confirm your conclusion with your TPOC. However, often the TPOC may also be unaware of who the appropriate resource sponsor may be.

  • Naval Total Force (DCNO for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education - CNO N1)
  • Maritime-Focused Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) (DCNO for Information Warfare - CNO N2N6)
  • Navy Afloat Readiness (DCNO for Warfare Systems - CNO N9)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Support (DCNO for Fleet Readiness and Logistics - CNO N4)
  • Navy Shore Readiness (CNO N4)
  • Navy Enterprise Business Systems (CNO N4)
  • Navy Readiness Reporting Systems (CNO N8)
  • Navy Expeditionary Medical Services (CNO N4)
  • Navy Communication Networks (CNO N2N6)
  • Warfare Studies and Analysis (CNO N09X, CNO N8)
  • Warfare Assessment (CNO N8)
  • Warfare Requirements (CNO N2N6, CNO N9)
  • Science and Technology (S&T) and T&E
  • OPNAV Support (DNS, coordinate with CNO N1)
  • Navy Health Services (CNO N093)
  • Navy Reserve (CNO N095)
  • Religious Ministry (CNO N097)
  • Navy Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) and Risk Management (CNO N09F)
  • Legal Services (CNO N09J)
  • Public Affairs Services (CNO N09C)
  • Environmental Programs (CNO N4)
  • Radiation Protection Programs (CNO N4)
  • Energy Programs (CNO N4)
  • Fleet Training Range Sustainment Programs (CNO N4)
  • Special Access Programs (CNO N9)[1]

Updated by Kristin Stiner, May 2024