Army Research Laboratory releases comprehensive S&T plan

February 13, 2015

By Joyce P. Brayboy, ARL Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Research Laboratory director Dr. Thomas Russell approved the final implementation plan that will guide the laboratory's technical strategy from 2015 to 2019.

The implementation plan is the final element of ARL's Technical Strategy.

As the laboratory's first overarching plan to guide the portfolio for land-power dominance for the Army of 2030 and beyond, this comprehensive document provides an in-depth view of major research thrusts that will be critical to future unified land operations.

"ARL is involved in fundamental research to address S&T challenges that advance Army capabilities in the long term," said Dr. Troy Alexander, ARL's associate for strategic planning. "The Technical Implementation Plan increases transparency to the laboratory's approach."

ARL is shaping its S&T program to support the future direction of the Army, Alexander said.

The new guidance includes an overarching strategy first published last year; an overview of the eight major campaigns that will guide the research portfolio (published in December) over the next 20 years; and now, the implementation plan that adds greater clarity to the challenges and areas where the laboratory will devote significant in-house investment.

ARL's major thrusts are computational sciences; materials research; sciences-for-maneuver; information sciences; sciences-for-lethality and protection; human sciences; and assessment and analysis. Among the campaigns, there are 24 program areas of focus that are outlined in the implementation plan.

The strategy is aligned with the Army Training and Doctrine Command's guidance for fighting in an increasingly complex and unknown environment.

According to the Army Operating Concept, "As new military technologies are more easily transferred, potential threats emulate U.S. military capabilities to counter U.S. power projection and limit U.S. freedom of action."

The process to transition new advanced technologies to Soldiers begins in the earliest stages of the scientific process with the Army Research Laboratory, where scientists and engineers take what is sometimes the first look at scientific research with potential Army applications.

Additional resources: Go to for more information about ARL's approach to far-term science and technology for the land forces or to download the Technical Implementation Plan.

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Last Update / Reviewed: February 13, 2015