Media Resources

MITRE's Media & Community Relations team serves as the main point of contact for all media requests and public inquiries regarding MITRE (our work, our executive team, and our technical experts). To learn more about MITRE or request an interview, please email media@mitre.org or contact a member of our team.

Download a PDF version of the FAQs.

Media FAQs

  • How can I get in touch with or schedule an interview with one of your executives or technical experts?

    Send a request to media@mitre.org and a member of the Public Affairs team will assist you. Please include:

    • Your topic of interest, including an overview of the story
    • The name of the publication, website, or organization for which you work
    • The MITRE employee whom you would like to interview, if known
    • Your deadline
  • How should MITRE be referenced?

    The correct first reference is our legal name, The MITRE Corporation. Secondary references can be shortened to MITRE (all capitalized letters). Please note: MITRE is not an acronym and should not carry a parenthetical descriptor.

  • What does the acronym MITRE stand for?

    MITRE is not an acronym, but the name of our company. The origin of the name is somewhat obscure, but is attributed to James McCormack, a member of MITRE's first Board of Trustees. McCormack helped draft the charter and incorporate The MITRE Corporation in July, 1958. He wanted a name that was meaningless and without connotations, but with an attractive feel. Some people thought the word MITRE was based on the word for joining or fitting together. Others believed the name came from combining industry names or keywords. McCormack, however, denied all of these explanations.

  • How should I describe MITRE's work?

    MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government.

    We operate FFRDCs—federally funded research and development centers—which are unique organizations that assist the United States government with:

    • Scientific research and analysis
    • Development and acquisition
    • Systems engineering and integration

    We also have an independent research program that explores new and expanded uses of technologies to solve our sponsors' problems. Learn more.

  • Does MITRE sell its products or services?

    No, MITRE's sole focus is to operate FFRDCs. We have no commercial interests. We have no owners or shareholders, and we can't compete for anything except the right to operate FFRDCs. This lack of commercial conflicts of interest forms the basis for our objectivity. It also allows us to acquire sensitive and proprietary information from the government and industry to inform our work. These organizations are able and willing to share data because they know we won't use it for a competitive advantage. For more than 50 years, the government has trusted us to serve in the public interest.

  • Who are your customers?

    Our federal sponsors include the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Learn More.

  • Where are MITRE's headquarters and site locations?

    MITRE has two principal locations: Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va. We also have more than 60 sites across the United States and around the world.

  • How many employees work at MITRE?

    MITRE has more than 7,500 scientists, engineers and support specialists. Approximately 2,000 work in our Bedford, Mass. location and approximately 3,500 work in our McLean, Va. location.

  • When was MITRE established?

    In July 1958, The MITRE Corporation was chartered as a private, not-for-profit corporation to provide engineering and technical guidance for the federal government. Learn More

  • What is MITRE's revenue?

    Our 2016 revenue was $1,542 million. Learn More

  • Can I visit MITRE?

    Yes, please send a request to media@mitre.org and a member of the Public Affairs team will assist you. Please include:

    • The name of the publication, website, or organization for which you work
    • The purpose/goal of your visit
    • The timeframe in which you'd like to visit
  • Do you have photographs or images that I can use with my story?

    Yes, we have a select number of photos available. To request a photograph or image, email your request to media@mitre.org. Please include:

    • The name of the publication and/or website where the photograph or image will appear
    • An overview of the story
    • Photograph or image specifications (e.g., file format, size restrictions, etc.)
    • Your deadline

    MITRE photographs and images may only be used with permission and must be attributed to The MITRE Corporation.

    Photo attribution statement: Photograph is used and reprinted with permission of The MITRE Corporation. ©2017.  All other rights reserved.

MITRE Media Contact

Our Public Affairs team serves as the main point of contact for all media requests and public inquiries regarding MITRE.

Contact us by email

Additional contact info

MITRE Fact Sheets

We offer fact sheets about the company, our major centers, and the role of FFRDCs.
View our fact sheets