ARL has Science & Tecnology (S&T) campaign areas, which guide the essential S&T efforts that will provide the future Army with the capabilities to conduct prompt, sustained, and synchronized operations with a force customized to the mission and poised to prosecute both combat and noncombat missions in all functional domains – air, ground, maritime, space, and cyberspace. Below is a list of the campaign areas and links to more information.

The Assessment and Analysis research area is focused on development and application of analytical tools and methodologies to quantitatively assess the military utility of Army, DoD, and select foreign combat systems. In addition to the development of novel assessment and analysis capabilities, knowledge and understanding drawn from ARL’s other technical campaigns are leveraged to help influence requirements for future Army systems. Exemplary Army and DoD-relevant high-interest areas supported through these efforts include ballistic effectiveness, personnel armor susceptibility; platform armor susceptibility; information systems vulnerability; system-of-systems analyses; and human performance enhancement assessment.

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ARL’s basic and applied research in Computational Sciences is focused on advancing the fundamentals of predictive simulation sciences, data intensive sciences, computing sciences, and emerging computing architectures to transform the future of complex Army applications. Gains made through these underpinning multidisciplinary research efforts and exploiting emerging advanced computing systems will lead to scientific breakthroughs that are expected to have significant impact on Army materiel systems. Technologies resulting from this multidisciplinary research, collaboratively with other ARL S&T campaign innovations, will have a significant impact on Power Projection Superiority, Information Supremacy, Lethality & Protection Superiority, and Soldier Performance Augmentation for the Army of 2030.

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ARL’s research in Human Sciences is focused on identifying, creating, and transitioning scientific discoveries and technological innovations underlying Human Behavior, Human Capa­bility Enhancement, and Integration of Humans and Systems that are critical to the U.S. Army’s future technological superiority. This campaign concentrates on high-risk and high-payoff transforma­tional basic research; critically-focused, promising applied research; and selective advanced tech­nology development that are expected to have revolutionary impacts on the Army’s warfighting capabilities. In addition to significantly improving the Army’s existing warfighting capabilities, it creates disruptive and game-changing Soldier-centric technologies for the Army, while also preventing technological surprises from potential adversaries.

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ARL’s S&T investments in Information Sciences are focused on gaining a greater understanding of emerging technology opportunities that support intelligent information systems that perform acquisition, analysis, reasoning, decision-making, collaborative communication, and assurance of information and knowledge. Understanding gained through these research efforts will lead to technological developments that make it possible to manage and utilize information flows in the battlespace. Technologies resulting from these efforts will have a direct impact on the Information Supremacy of the Army of 2030.

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Materials Research is basic and applied research focused on gaining a fundamental understanding of structural, electronic, photonic, and energy materials and devices. Exemplary of Army and DoD-relevant high-interest research areas supported through these efforts include multifunctional materials; high field responsive materials; hierarchically designed and fabricated materials; semiconductor materials and devices; generation-after-next electronics; and synthetic biology.  ARL’s basic and applied research in materials focuses on scientific discovery and innovative problem-solving to provide superior materials and devices needed to achieve lasting strategic land power dominance.  Materials research cross-cuts ARL’s four focused S&T campaigns in Human Sciences, Information Sciences, Sciences for Lethality and Protection, and Sciences for Maneuver by providing materials with superior properties to address emerging requirements and capabilities for all Army platforms.  

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ARL’s S&T investments in Sciences-for-Lethality and Protection are focused on gaining a greater understanding of emerging technologies that support weapon systems, protection systems, and the mechanisms of injury affecting the warfighter. Knowledge gained through these research efforts will lead to technological developments that make it possible to develop a broad array of lethality systems as well as resilient vehicle protection systems. In addition, knowledge gained from understanding injury mechanisms will be leveraged to develop robust systems.

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The Sciences for Maneuver area is focused on gaining a fundamental understanding of advanced mobility systems and their supporting architectures. This area heavily relies on ARL’s research expertise and facilities devoted to decision support sciences, autonomy, and high-efficiency energy generation, storage, and distribution. Discoveries, innovations, and developments made in this area are expected to significantly impact the Army of the future by greatly enhancing mobility.  ARL’s Sciences for Maneuver research is focused on gaining a greater fundamental understanding of advanced mobility systems and their supporting architectures—critical to the future Army’s movement, sustainment, and maneuverability. Knowledge gained through these research efforts will lead to technological developments that make it possible to design, fabricate, integrate, control, and support platforms that will have a significant impact on Power Projection Superiority for the Army of 2030.

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