Mission-focused Research

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To ensure we're working in areas that align with our sponsors' biggest challenges, we organize our research program under broad innovation areas. Each represents a portfolio of projects that address a problem area from different perspectives. We take on problems that sponsors have identified as requiring deep technical expertise, as well as ones that our own technical and domain experts believe will be critical in the future.

We evolve all of our innovation areas over time to reflect the changes in our sponsors' challenges and work program.

Mission-focused Research

  • Agile Connected Government

    Within this area, we focus on improving the efficacy and efficiency of government operations by analytically evaluating novel concepts, policies, and paradigms.

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  • Aviation and Transportation

    MITRE’s research in aviation and transportation is aimed at applying innovation to make systems safer, more efficient, and more secure, while ensuring access for all public and private users.

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  • Cyber

    Our mission is to create new approaches and technologies to deter, detect, disrupt, and deceive adversaries attacking U.S. networks and information.

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  • Decision Science

    The Decision Science research area focuses on decreasing the cycle time from the gathering of data, to transforming it to information, to raising it to a level of knowledge that can support strategic, operational, and tactical decisions.

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  • Health

    This research area focuses on the health and healthcare challenges within the civilian, veteran, and military arenas.

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  • National Security Next

    National Security Next covers a range of technologies focused on solving problems in the dynamic national security threat environment.

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  • Sensing, Processing, and Exploitation

    Sensing, Processing, and Exploitation (SPE) delivers technically innovative sensing solutions that address critical national challenges in military, intelligence, and civilian environments.

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  • Technology Futures

    Technology Futures focuses on identifying, evaluating, and growing emerging technologies that have the potential for significant impact on our sponsors’ missions.

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