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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) - Responsible for the Air Force's science and technology program, including the full spectrum of Air Force basic research, exploratory development, and advanced development. AFRL employs more than 6,300 military and civilian personnel. Its technological breakthroughs can be found in all of today's modern aircraft, spacecraft, and weapon systems, including the F-117 stealth fighter, B-2 bomber, C-17 airlifter, and F-22 fighter. AFRL has contributed to significant advancements in modern communications, electronics, manufacturing, and medical research and products.
Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) - A not-for-profit center for engineering, research, and development. APL is a division of one of the world's premier research universities, Johns Hopkins, but primarily a defense contractor. It serves as a technical resource for the Department of Defense, NASA, and other government agencies. The U.S. Navy continues to be APL's primary long-term sponsor. The Laboratory performs work for the Missile Defense Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, intelligence agencies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and others. Also see Wikipedia.
Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) - A federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the Navy and Marine Corps. The Center also provides research and analyses services to other military and government agencies to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. national defense efforts.
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) - Public policy research institute providing analysis on military strategy and policy, defense budgets and programs, weapon systems and critical technologies, military personnel and readiness, military revolutions and future warfare, transformation of the military, and the defense industry.
Defense Tech Briefs - An official publication of NASA and a powerful tool for engineers, managers, and scientists. The monthly magazine features exclusive reports of innovations developed by NASA and its industry partners/contractors that can be applied to develop new/improved products and solve engineering or manufacturing problems. Authored by the engineers or scientists who did the work, the briefs span a wide array of fields, including electronics, physical sciences, materials, computer software, mechanics, machinery/automation, manufacturing/fabrication, mathematics/information sciences, and life sciences.
Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Communications Program - The ELF frequency range is important to the Navy because of its value in providing a way to communicate with submerged submarines. As a result of the high electrical conductivity of sea water, signals are attenuated rapidly as they propagate downward through it. In effect, the sea water "hides" the submarine from detection while simultaneously preventing it from communicating with the outside world through normal radio transmissions.
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) - Databases on country organization memberships, conflicts and peace keeping activities, arms production and trade, military expenditures, weapons of mass destruction, armed forces and conventional weapon holdings, political system and country indicators, and other reference data.
Human Terrain System (HTS) - A United States Army program which embeds anthropologists and other social scientists with combat brigades (currently in Iraq and Afghanistan) to help tacticians in the field understand local cultures using Human Terrain Mapping (HTM). Also see Wikipedia.
Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) - Dedicated to the promotion of ideas in public service and defense. Brings together speaker panels comprised of military and government professionals while attracting delegates with decision-making power from military, government and defense industries.
Institute for the Study of War (ISW) - Public policy research organization. Through reports and timely events, its research educates military and civilian leaders, reporters, and the public to enhance the quality of policy debates.
Mapping Militant Organizations - This Stanford University research project traces the evolution of militant organizations and the interactions that develop between them over time. Findings are presented in interactive "maps," which provide both (1) visual representations of how relationships among militant organizations change over time and (2) links to in-depth profiles of individual groups.
Maxwell Papers (USAF) - The Maxwell Papers, the Air War College's occasional papers series, focus on current and future issues of interest to the Air Force and Department of Defense.
Minerva - Initiated by former Secretary Gates in 2008, seeks to build deeper understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics that shape regions of strategic interest around the world. How to mold the hearts and minds.
Missle Defense Agency (MDA) - MDA's mission is to develop and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System capable of providing a layered defense for the United States and its deployed forces, friends and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges in all phases of flight.
MITRE - Manages federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs): one for the Department of Defense (known as the National Security Engineering Center), one for the Federal Aviation Administration (the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development), one for the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the Center for Enterprise Modernization), one for the Department of Homeland Security (the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute), and one for the U.S. Courts (the Judiciary Engineering and Modernization Center). MITRE also has its own independent research and development program that explores new technologies and new uses of technologies to solve our sponsors' problems in the near-term and in the future.
Naval War College Library - Works in all fields of knowledge are included in the collection, but the principal concentration is a specialized area of interest in the naval profession: naval and military science, history and strategy, management, economics, international relations, international law, oceanography, and contemporary world problems.
Office of Naval Research (ONR) - Coordinates science and technology programs of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps through universities, government laboratories, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Pentagon Library - Fulfills the research, educational, and archival requirements of Department of Defense personnel serving at the Pentagon and NCR. Located in Washington, D.C.
Soldier Systems Center (Natick) - The Army's one-stop soldier-support organization. Natick is responsible for researching, developing, fielding, and managing food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems, and soldier support items.
U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) - Consists of basic and applied research and survivability/lethality and human factors analysis. Technology and analysis products are moved into RDECOM RDECs and to other Army, Department of Defense (DoD), government, and industry customers.
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps. Conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development.
U.S. Naval Observatory - Mission is to determine the positions and motions of celestial objects, to provide astronomical data, to measure the Earth's rotation and to maintain the Master Clock for the U.S.
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