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 & Adaptive Command and Control

    Today's warfighters must spend too much time in the field integrating systems and addressing data issues, such as access, security, integrity, and interoperability.

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  • Anti-Access/Area-Denial Technology

    The Department of Defense must be prepared for whatever conflicts the future might bring, anywhere in the world.

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  • Aviation & Transportation

    MITRE's research supports the nation's broad initiative to modernize the U.S. air transportation system, known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

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  • Critical Infrastructure Protection

    We're looking for new ways to ensure the security and resiliency of our nation's critical infrastructures, including the networks of systems that supply the country's electricity, communications, water, and transportation.

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  • Cybersecurity

    We're exploring a range of cybersecurity technologies that enable a sponsor to fight through and carry out its mission, no matter where, when, or how a cyber adversary attacks.

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  • Data to Decisions

    This innovation area includes a wide range of domains and technologies that share a common goal: to decrease the time it takes to gather data, transform it into high-quality information, and present it in a way that best supports operational decisions.

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  • Health Transformation

    We're developing new technologies and approaches that support the government's ability to transform the healthcare sector. The goal is to achieve universal coverage offering better public health at manageable costs.

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  • Integrated Sensing, Processing & Exploitation

    We work with the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) community to develop innovative solutions that enable U.S. forces to track and monitor adversaries in contested environments.

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  • Transforming the Government Enterprise

    We're exploring the best ways to help the government build a lean, customer-oriented and sustainable services sector. Our sponsors require innovative approaches to meet new mission requirements while maintaining or lowering costs.

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