NSWC CORONA DIVISION
The mission of the NSWC Corona is to "Serve warfighters and program managers as the Navy's independent performance
assessment agent throughout systems' lifecycles by gauging the Navy's warfighting capability of weapons and integrated
combat systems, from unit to force level, through assessment of those systems' performance, readiness, quality,
supportability, and the adequacy of training. Execute other responsibilities as assigned by the Commander, Naval Surface
In order to carry out this mission, NSWC Corona possesses a number of unique capabilities. Foremost among these is the
Warfare Assessment Laboratory, the cornerstone of our integrated approach to warfare assessment and the focal point of
our internal and external interconnectivity.
The Navy's Independent Assessment Agent
NSWC Corona is the Navy’s independent assessment agent and home to three premier national laboratory and assessment
centers: the Joint Warfare Assessment Lab; the Measurement Science and Technology Lab; and the Daugherty Memorial
Assessment Center. Along with the renowned “Corona Engineers,” these state-of-the-art facilities enable Corona to fulfill
its unique mission for the Navy. The JWAL and DMAC are at the core of Corona’s integrated approach to warfare
assessment, and the Measurement Science and Technology Lab is where Corona researches and establishes the metrology
and calibration standards and procedures for the Navy and Marine Corps.
Using a rigorous, disciplined independent assessment process, Corona provides the fleet, program managers and
acquisition community with the objective assessment needed for the Navy to gauge warfighting capability of ships and
aircraft, assess warfare training and analyze new defense systems – even those systems in the concept phase. This
commitment to independent assessment allows the Navy to achieve the greatest value for acquisition, material readiness
and lifecycle management programs – for Today’s Navy, the Next Navy, and the Navy After Next. As the Navy’s metrology
and calibration authority, Corona also sets the measurement science and calibration standards to support proper weapons
operation, interoperability and peak readiness for the fleet. Corona uses innovation and automation to also reduce
burdensome workload for Sailors, while reducing maintenance costs and increasing readiness for the Navy.
Technical capabilities and unique expertise – ranging from missile defense assessment to range and test instrumentation to
setting measurement standards – enable Corona to support in-service and emerging weapons and combat systems for key
customers in critical areas:
Trusted agent for Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COTF) analysis and assessment
Connectivity with worldwide presence to Test & Evaluation (T&E), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Joint National
Training Capability (JNTC), and fleet training sites to enable analysis and reporting of assessment results in near
Integrated performance and readiness assessment of weapons and combat systems
Range instrumentation management and engineering
Test systems effectiveness and measurement integrity
Weapons and combat systems product integrity
Military Supremacy through Independent Assessment
Independent assessment provides a disciplined analytical process to assess the performance, reliability, suitability,
capability, and readiness of equipment, unit, battle group, Joint and coalition forces. It is performed by an activity
separate from the acquisition and production processes, without direct design, manufacturing, or in-service
engineering responsibilities. It requires the establishment of rules-based criteria, which is consistent over time,
based on the system versus individual element perspective.
Readiness Assessment Department
James R. Watson, Department Manager
The Readiness Assessment Department serves as the Navy’s combat, weapons, and warfare system’s performance
and material readiness independent assessment agent. Combat Assessment designs, develops and implements the
criteria, procedures, techniques, and analysis methodology for assessing, monitoring, and reporting the
performance and readiness of combat systems. Additional responsibilities include analysis of comprehensive test
and material maintenance data to provide leadership with indices of combat system readiness and identification of
performance limiters and drivers.
Force Training Assessment Department
Jay Stone, Department Manager
Force Training Assessment department analyzes Force-level training, providing information to Fleet decision
makers. Functions include analyzing Fleet exercise performance, enabling training by providing range systems
engineering and management to meet Fleet Readiness Training Program requirements, conducting range system
operational assessments, and providing engineering solutions for military test and training range communication,
data distribution, and weapon scoring instrumentation.
Performance Assessment Department
Daniel J. Bergstrom, Department Manager
The Performance Assessment Department serves as the independent performance assessment agent for warfare
and combat systems, Battle Force programs, Joint Warfare programs, and related Battle Force interoperability.
Joint Forces designs, develops and implements the criteria, procedures, techniques, and analysis methodology for
assessing and monitoring joint systems performance and interoperability.
Measurement Science Department
Ken Felix, Department Manager
The Measurement Science Department at NSWC Corona serves as the United States Navy’s Metrology and
Calibration (METCAL) Program’s primary technical authority. The engineers and technicians, working in metrology
engineering, ensure that weapons systems and support equipment measurement accuracies are valid, uniform, and
traceable to national measurement standards or natural physical constants.
Product Engineering Department
Douglas G. Sugg, Department Manager
The Product Engineering Department assesses weapons and combat system test, functional interoperability, and
reliability. Test Systems Assessment analyzes Test systems, either off-line or embedded, for effectiveness and
suitability. Any test is only as valuable as the information it provides; test systems assessments maximizes this
value. Interface assessment determines the functional interoperability (form, fit, function, safety, and
interchangeability) between systems, systems and subsystems, and subsystems and components, throughout the
life cycle. In addition, Interface Assessment provides calibration support for unique physical requirements.
Weapons Assessment provides a total life-cycle view for surface missile hardware by integrating missile
maintenance and management information into single coherent picture. This single coherent picture supports
numerous engineering analyses, including Safety, Reliability, Warranty, Location, Contract, Test and condition code
information; Weapon and Stockpile reliability prediction; and maintenance and retrofit decisions.
Quality Assessment Department
Dianne Costlow, Department Manager
The Quality Assessment Department serves as the independent assessment agent to assure the quality of
weapons, combat systems, and equipments. The department provides life-cycle quality and mission assurance
support to Department of Defense (DoD) Agencies, Systems Commands, Program Executive Offices, and Program
Managers. Quality and technical requirements and guidance for application to development, production, and
maintenance of Defense systems are developed by the department. Once requirements are established the
department conducts assessments of and reports on the performance of Defense contractors and field/Fleet
activities quality and technical systems. Also, the department provides technical assistance to DoD offices,
contractors, and field/Fleet activities in the interpretation and implementation of quality requirements and the
resolution of quality issues. The department also manages and operates centralized systems for Fleet failures,
defective products, and parts obsolescence programs.
Being the Navy's only independent assessment agent, NSWC Corona has developed expertise and facilities that
also serve as a valuable resource for other branches of the Armed Services and agencies.
As such, various branches of the Armed Services utilize its unique laboratory facilities, analytical tools, and the
technical expertise of its subject matter experts (SMEs) to fulfill their mission. In particular, NSWC Corona houses
two unique national assets:
1. The Joint Warfare Assessment Laboratory (JWAL), a 48,000 sq ft secure facility which can be used
collaborative assessment and homeland defense operations.
2. The Measurement and Science Technology Laboratory (MSTL), a 39,000 sq ft state-of-art advanced
measurement lab that supports Navy and USMC weapon and interface gages, force and dimensional
calibration standards, and measurement standards R&D.
With these strengths, NSWC Corona is capable of multiple platform and test system data integration to support
collaborative assessment, automated calculation of reliability, performance, and fleet readiness.
Some specific examples in which NSWC Corona fulfills Joint Mission Areas include the following:
Identify quality and mission assurance best practices for Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Global Ballistic
Missile Defense (GBMD)
Establish disciplined assessment process for AEGIS, AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (ABMD), Joint Combat
Identification and Evaluation Team (JCIET), Single Integrated Air Picture/Systems Engineering (SIAP/SE),
Joint Theatre Air and Missile Defense Organization (JTAMDO), and other Joint programs.
Provide instrumentation and data connectivity resources for MDA and Joint Nation Training Capability
Lead Navy metrology group for Joint Logistic Commanders (JTCG-CMT).
Assess chemical biological measurement systems for Homeland Defense.
Independent assessments of performance and readiness of weapon, ship, strike group, and Joint systems.
Objectively identify factors that enhance or limit system capability and effectiveness, enabling corrective
actions prior to failure.
Rapid evaluation of critical events, live and simulated, during DT, OT, Fleet, and Joint Ops, via integrated
data collection, distribution, and analysis tools/processes.
Engineering, operation, maintenance, and contracting management responsibilities for instrumentation of
Navy/Marine Corps Tactical Training Ranges
Economic Contributions to the Community
NSWC Corona is directly responsible for almost $79.2 Million in annual payroll - most of which is spent in local
communities. Our engineering contracts with local companies accounts for an additional $42 Million in the Inland
Like our neighbors, we have a telephone bill, an electric bill, a gas bill, and we have trash that goes to a municipal
landfill. Each year, we pay about $1.8 Million in utility bills locally.
The facility spends about $9.4 Million each year in small purchases with vendors in the Inland Empire - a number
that is rising annually as the reinvention of government allows us to spend more money locally instead of
nationally. Service contracts, janitorial services, landscaping, and other aspects of running a 250-acre facility add
an additional $10.3 Million in revenue to Southland businesses.
Visitors to the base provide an additional $4.2 Million in revenue to local hotels, restaurants and businesses.
All in all, NSWC Corona is directly responsible for more than $146.9 Million in revenue to the Inland Empire each
Visit Request Requirements
If you wish to arrange a visit, please call our Internal Communications Point of Contact at (951) 273-5000.
Government employees/contractors conducting unclassified business onboard the installation should ask their
host POC to coordinate the visit with Pass & ID. For the NSWC Corona Division Contracting Office, call (951)
Government employees/contractors conducting classified business onboard the installation are required to submit a
visit request via the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) prior to arrival. The JPAS visit request should be
directed to Security Management Office 642676.
DoD visitors are required by Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Corona Det. to present their CAC cards to gain
access to the Installation. For vehicles, you must have a DoD vehicle decal properly displayed. All vehicles are
subject to installation rules and regulations. Visitors who do not have a DoD issued vehicle decal must provide
current liability insurance, current registration and proof of valid driver’s license and obtain a temporary vehicle
parking pass from our Pass and ID office.
Note that certain Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) are prohibited in the restricted area beyond the turnstiles.