1423 Powhatan St., Suite 1
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 836-6727
Fax (703) 836-7491
Email: asnehq@navalengineers.org


ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.  ASNE also serves the educators who train the professionals, researchers who develop related technology, and students who are preparing for the profession.  Society activities provide support for the U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army.

ASNE is the seventh oldest technical society in the United States.  It was founded in 1888 by a group of naval engineering pioneers, most of them officers of the U.S. Navy's Engineering Corps, who sought a unified approach to their profession in order to make the most of new advances in technology. The purposes of ASNE are:           

  • to advance the knowledge and practice of naval engineering in public and private applications and operations,
  • to enhance the professionalism and well-being of members, and
  • to promote naval engineering as a career field.

For 125 years, the Society’s objectives have been strengthened and preserved to meet the changing needs of a time-honored profession. Today ASNE conducts a variety of technical meetings and symposia, publishes the highly regarded Naval Engineers Journal and a number of other technical proceedings and publications, and fosters professional development and technical information exchange through technical committees, local section activities and cooperative efforts with government organizations and other professional societies.

The Society's annual meeting, ASNE Day, is typically held in February of each year in the Washington, DC, area. The meeting features major addresses by high level industry and government leaders and panel discussions by leading members of the profession.  It also includes presentation and discussion of technical papers on a variety of timely naval engineering topics, presentation of the Society's prestigious annual awards and a large exposition with government and industry exhibits covering the full spectrum of naval engineering technology. ASNE Day is highlighted by the Society’s annual Honors Gala, attended by hundreds of executives and senior managers from both government and industry.

Our website is designed to not only serve our members, but also to support scholars, students and others interested in the varied field of naval engineering.  We welcome your suggestions on ways we can improve your experience. 

Mr. James D. Moreland, Jr.

 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award 


Mr. James D. Moreland, Jr.


For the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal during the year 2009 as set forth in the following CITATION:

The paper “Structuring a Flexible, Affordable Naval Force to Meet Strategic Demand in the 21st Century” was published in the Naval Engineers Journal, Volume 121, Issue Number 1. Mr. Moreland has produced an outstanding manuscript that advocates the use of a capabilities-based planning method to develop future force structure plans that would be less dependent on long-range threat assumptions and more adaptable to future changes in defense strategy. 

The paper describes planning challenges facing the naval enterprise, including efforts to improve the processes for planning and acquiring naval forces, and the need for naval capabilities to be transformed through the co-evolution of technology and organizational cultures. It also briefly reviews current thoughts on the myriad of technical disciplines and processes necessary to develop, technically husband, and ultimately bring to fruition a large-scale, highly complex system of systems as part of our warfighting force structure.

Mr. Moreland describes the limitations of traditional planning methodologies and he discusses the advantages offered by capabilities-based force structure planning frameworks. He identifies and categorizes critical assumptions that need to be made at the onset of this iterative process; and he suggests common, high-level characteristics that should be determined in the early stages of a future force study. He concludes with the presentation of an open architecture, cross-platform solution that would be modular, scalable, and portable, with equipment and software components that could be re-used as required across systems and platforms; yielding the benefit of an expected reduction in the number of discrete baselines fielded.

Mr. Moreland’s paper presents the fundamental principles involved in a clearly written narrative that is supported by well-presented graphical figures. His paper demonstrates superior knowledge of the subject matter, and it clearly puts forth his concepts in a manner that enables a wide audience to benefit from the results of his study. Mr. Moreland has produced a paper that meets the highest standards of the Naval Engineers Journal and he is highly deserving of the American Society of Naval Engineers’ “Jimmie” Hamilton Award.