Weapons and Materials Research

Mission

To make WMRD a national defense asset by providing material solutions, lethality, and protection technologies that will “Change the Way We Fight.”

Vision

To deliver overmatch technologies for the future Army.


The vision of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD) is to deliver overmatch technologies for the future Army. The goals of the directorate are to enhance the lethality and survivability of weapons systems and to meet the Soldier’s science and technology needs for future weaponry and protection via close collaboration with the Futures and Concepts Center. Research efforts in the directorate fall under three core competencies: Ballistic Sciences includes propulsion and launch, lethal effects, and flight, navigation and control; Protection Sciences includes armor concepts, directed energy and threat avoidance/detection; and Materials and Manufacturing Sciences includes coatings, structural materials and energetic materials. Underpinning all three core competencies are advanced technological capabilities in impact physics, blast physics, and high strain rate materials. The three divisions within WMRD are the Lethality Division, the Protection Division, and the Materials and Manufacturing Sciences Division. The vast majority of the directorate’s research efforts are performed in state of the art facilities across multiple locations at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. In addition, four of ARL’s Essential Research Programs are supervised within the directorate and include Long Range Distributed & Cooperative Engagements; Convergence of Lethality, Protection and Autonomy to Dominate Ground Combat, Physics of Soldier Protection to Defeat Evolving Threats, and Science of Additive Manufacturing for Modular Munitions. This is all in pursuit of the mission to make WMRD a national defense asset by providing material solutions, lethality, and protection technologies that will “Change the Way We Fight”.

Major Research Hub

  • CCDC ARL APG (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD)

Core Competencies

  • Materials & Manufacturing Sciences
  • Ballistics Sciences
  • Protection Sciences