Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic

Palmetto Tech Bridge


Point of Contact

Michael Merriken
Director, Palmetto Tech Bridge
NIWC Atlantic
Phone: (843) 218-4800

Kick-Off Meeting - Jan 7, 2020

pdf-icon Kick-Off Meeting - Agenda

pdf-icon PTB Kick-Off Meeting

pdf-icon PTB - LANT Overview

pdf-icon PTB - Contracts

pdf-icon PTB - IWRP

pdf-icon PTB - NADIA

pdf-icon PTB - OSBP


pdf-icon Palmetto Tech Bridge - Brief

pdf-icon Palmetto Tech Bridge - Slick Sheet

Presented at the 13th Annual Charleston Defense Contractors Association Defense Summit Dec 11, 2019​​​


Jan 21, 2020​​​
Palmetto Tech Bridge Hosts Kickoff to Support Navy and Industry Initiatives

Nov 25, 2019​​​
Navy Establishes 'Tech Bridge' in Charleston to Speed Innovation




With strong partnership from the Office of Naval Research, NavalX Tech Bridges will CONNECT, REINFORCE, and SUSTAIN acceleration ecosystems in off-base locations across the DON.

These Tech Bridges will partner with start-ups, academia, corporations, small businesses, non-profits, private capital and government entities.

NavalX works with partners to support collaboration spaces and generate dual-use solutions.


The 2018 National Defense Strategy was a call to the Department of Defense to find ways to harness innovation in private businesses and academia to better serve and protect our country. As a response, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA) Hon. James "Hondo" Geurts established NavalX in February 2019 to expand the Department of the Navy's (DON) capabilities.

Tech Bridges will operate like a franchise so each region can develop their own model to connect the "unique innovation ecosystem" of the region. Each site aims to facilitate efforts focused on solving hard problems identified by the Fleet and Navy Department workforce in that area of specialty.

Tech Bridges will establish off-base collaborative spaces bringing together parts of the Navy workforce with startups, small businesses, traditional large companies and academia. In this way, Tech Bridges will build sustainable networks for collaboration and accelerate problem solving. The off-base spaces will also lower barriers that might traditionally hamper external collaboration.

The Palmetto Tech Bridge (PTB), located in Charleston, South Carolina, is the sixth bridge, established November 26, 2019, under the NavalX office. The initial five locations are based around naval and joint installations in Newport, Rhode Island; Keyport, Washington; San Diego, California; Orlando, Florida; and Crane, Indiana.

The PTB draws on talents from across industry and academia, and focuses and facilitates a considerable innovative force in developing dual-use solutions to meet national defense needs and to enhance the region's economic strength with innovative commercial products.

A website and a dedicated facility outside NIWC Atlantic will be established to provide greater access for non-traditional partners and to increase opportunities for greater collaboration.

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