History

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory was activated in 1992, with a genealogy dating back to the early 19th century. In 2002, ARL was aligned as an element of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. In January 2019, RDECOM was designated as the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Army Futures Command and was designated as the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory. The history book provided tells an amazing story of discovery and innovation, and pays tribute to the thousands of scientists and engineers who have performed foundational research that has led to superior capabilities for the American Soldier.

In addition, ARL’s historian produced “The Genealogy of ARL.” This report provides a brief organizational history of ARL (through 1996) and its various components prior to ARL’s activation.