Foundational Research Competencies

DEVCOM ARL executes research in 11 competencies that provide the Army foundational expertise and specialized capabilities grounded in scientific excellence and driven by unique Army challenges. The scientific knowledge created and exploited in the competencies is leveraged to develop new opportunities, build programs, align people and funding, and advise on future operational concepts.

Biological and Biotechnology Sciences

Biological related disciplines, including synthetic biology, biological materials, biological/abiological interfaces, and biological effect

Electromagnetic Spectrum Sciences

Novel approaches to sensing and operating across the entire electromagnetic (EM) environment; counter-sensing across the EM spectrum; protection from EM effects; emerging concepts for RF, radars, and electronic warfare (EW)

Energy Sciences

Science of mechanical and electrical power generation, storage, conditioning and distribution; energy conversion; and emerging concepts for lasers, directed energy (DE), DE protection and propagation

Humans in Complex Systems

Multi-disciplinary non-medical approaches to understand and modify the potential of humans situated in and interacting within complex social, technological, and socio-technical systems

Mechanical Sciences

Science of novel mechanics, mechanisms, and control to enable manned/unmanned ground and air vehicle concepts

Military Information Sciences

Underpinning sciences, physical autonomy, and enablers required to provide timely, mission-aware information to humans and systems at speed and scale for all-domain and coalition operations

Network, Cyber, and Computational Sciences

Sciences to enable and ensure secure resilient communication networks for distributed analytics in Multi-Domain Operations

Photonics, Electronics, and Quantum Sciences

Materials (and related manufacturing methods) and devices intended for achieving photonic, electronic, and quantum-based effects

Sciences of Extreme Materials

Materials and related manufacturing methods focusing on mechanical response and performance extremes, including active, adaptive, and flexible/soft materials; novel manufacturing science for energetic materials

Terminal Effects

Sciences and applied research of weapon target interactions

Weapons Sciences

Internal, transitional, and external ballistics; launch, flight, control, and navigation of guided weapons and aerial systems; development of novel weapon concepts