U.S. Army Research Laboratory

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is composed of six directorates and the U.S. Army Research Office, or ARO.

  • Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, or CISD
  • Human Research and Engineering Directorate, or HRED
  • Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, or SEDD
  • Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate , or SLAD
  • Vehicle Technology Directorate, or VTD
  • Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, or WMRD

In addition, ARO is the Army’s executive agent for development, execution and transfer of extramural basic science research to meet Army-wide requirements.  ARO-sponsored scientists are the recipients of 11 Nobel prizes.  ARL has primary sites at Adelphi Laboratory Center, Adelphi, Maryland, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina., NASA-Langley, Hampton, Virginia, and NASA-Glenn, Cleveland, Ohio.  ARL’s diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of more than 1,900 Federal employees (nearly 1,300 classified as scientific and engineering) and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army.

By combing its in-house technical expertise with expertise from academic and industry partners, ARL can maximize each dollar invested to provide the best technologies for the Soldier.  ARL’s program consists of basic and applied research (6.1 and 6.2) and survivability/lethality and human factors analysis (6.6). ARL also applies the research and analysis tools developed in its direct mission program to support ongoing development and acquisition programs in the Army research, development and engineering centers, program executive offices/program manager offices and industry. ARL consistently provides enabling technologies in many of the Army’s most important weapons systems.

Teams within ARL work in partnership with the RDECS, Rapid Equipping Force, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and others on current operational technical challenges facing Soldiers in Afghanistan, maturing and transitioning technologies for existing systems and the Future Combat Systems and generating scientific discoveries that will provide the foundation for Soldier capabilities 15-20 years in the future.

Read more at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory homepage.