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National Security Analysis Mission Area

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Overview

The National Security Analysis Mission Area provides multi-mission assessments for naval, joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense sponsors on a wide range of emerging or evolving national security issues. Analyses conducted by staff members in this mission area provide strategic insights that help guide other APL mission areas as well as sponsored-research programs.

The National Security Analysis Mission Area focuses on the following:

  • Developing concepts and technologies for emerging national security and space needs aligned with the capabilities and missions of APL sectors
  • Incubating new research areas via analyses and systems engineering of advanced concepts, technologies, systems, and processes
  • Developing technical leadership in life-cycle affordability and efficiency analyses of systems and processes supporting sector strategies
  • Advancing the development of analytical models, simulations, and gaming processes

The National Security Analysis Mission Area is organized into three primary program areas:

  • The Applied Systems Engineering Program Area focuses on systems engineering and analysis for senior decision makers, Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Operational Utility Assessments, irregular warfare and counterinsurgency, and collaborative analysis and gaming. This program area comprises the following programs:
    • Systems Engineering and Integration
    • Modeling and Simulation
    • Joint Capability Technology Demonstration
    • Collaborative Analysis and Gaming
    • Irregular Warfare and Counterinsurgency
    • Medical Systems Engineering
    For more information about our Applied Systems Engineering Program Area work, please contact us.

  • The National Command Program Area addresses senior leadership command challenges that span national leadership, Department of Defense, and national security/emergency preparedness sponsors. This program area comprises the following programs:
    • National Leadership Command Capability and National Security Emergency Preparedness
    • National Security Systems and Intelligence
    • Senior Executive Command, Control, and Communications
    • Joint Systems Engineering and Integration
    For more information about our National Command Program Area work, please contact us.

  • The Security Analysis and Assessments Program Area focuses primarily on operations research challenges in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Combatant Commanders, and senior-level service sponsors. This program area comprises the following programs:
    • Strategic Initiatives
    • Naval Leadership Analysis
    • Systems Testing and Evaluation
    • Missile Defense Agency Modeling and Simulation
    • Homeland Security
    For more information about our Security Analysis and Assessments Program Area work, please contact us.

Leadership

Greg Melcher, National Security Analysis Mission Area Executive

Greg Melcher joined APL in 2005 after 26 years of government service (eight as a member of the senior executive service). He has a broad base of technical experience in operations research, acquisition, readiness, program management, systems engineering, and modeling and simulation. In his most recent position as Deputy Director for N81/N00X, the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO’s) Assessment Division/Capability Analysis Group, he focused on the development of the Navy’s net assessment and CNO’s Program Assessment Memorandum, developed more than 100 Integrated Warfare Architectures presented to Navy leadership, managed the Center for Naval Analyses, established the CNO’s world-class modeling initiative, and represented the Navy in all senior modeling and analysis meetings with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff.

Mr. Melcher has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College program manager’s course, is certified as a Level III Acquisition Professional, has completed extensive course work in engineering management at The George Washington University, and is a graduate of MIT’s Seminar XXI program and Harvard’s Senior Executives in National and International Security Program. He is the recipient of two Meritorious and one Superior Civilian Service Awards from the CNO.

Doing Business with NSAD

We invite you to contact us to learn more about how the National Security Analysis Mission Area can provide agile, responsive, valuable analysis to inform strategy, policy, and operational planning for future defense needs and advanced capabilities.