Our researchers are exploring new ways to solve an age-old military problem: how can U.S. forces operate successfully in "contested" regions—that is, areas in which adversaries try to block our access and prevent operations via air, ground, sea, or cyberspace? For example, adversaries could use electronic and cyber warfare, ballistic and cruise missiles, advanced air defenses, improvised explosive devices, or other methods to prevent our operations.
We address problems such as maintaining robust communications in the field, denying and degrading adversary communications, and improving sensing for intelligence and weapons support. In one project, we're developing a robust integrated modeling and simulation framework, which will support model-based engineering research. The results will be used to guide and enhance future defense capabilities.