Scientists at the Army Research Laboratory conduct research on a variety of fronts. Here, a mannequin is positioned in one of the lab's auditory research environments. ARL personnel conduct an array of auditory research, including the effects of various types of headgear on sound detection and the identification and localization of acoustic signatures. Photo Credit: Army Research Lab
A researcher monitors a Soldier as he uses a multi-display driving simulator. The simulator is used in a variety of research applications, to include mild traumatic brain injury treatment. Photo Credit: Doug LaFon
The U.S. Army is a well-trained, well-equipped fighting force. And behind every weapon, piece of armor and training that prepares and protects Soldiers in battle are teams of scientists and engineers who are solving complex problems and driving future capabilities.
As part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, the Army Research Laboratory is a key component of the Army science, technology and engineering enterprise that supports Soldiers, according to ARL Director John Miller.
“Our diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of state-of-the-art research and analysis in the Army,” said Miller.
Focusing on the future while supporting the current warfighters, ARL’s scientists are a diverse group who hold the keys to technologies for Soldiers five, 10 and even 20 years down the road.
Almost every non-medical scientific field is touched by ARL, from advanced sensors to neuroscience to flexible electronics to weapons technologies to complex analysis. Basically everything a Soldier needs or may need in the future is investigated by ARL.
Although it has more than 2,000 employees, the majority of whom are highly-educated and skilled leaders in their fields, the lab combines in-house technical expertise with the intellectual powerhouse of academic and industry partners.
The research discoveries ARL produces either within its laboratories or through its partners are used as the foundations for other Army research, development and engineering centers under RDECOM, Miller explained.
“We act as the corporate laboratory, providing the underpinning of science, technology and analysis for the rest of the Army,” said Miller.