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National Security Analysis Mission Area

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APL studies of Russian actions in Crimea and Ukraine, and recommendations on responses to these actions, are helping U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. European Command address
the threat posed by unconventional warfare. (Wikipedia/Creative Commons)

Medical Systems Engineering

APL analyses are helping the Navy prioritize investments in research, development, and acquisition,
as well as develop tactics to strengthen the nation’s ability to project power. (U.S. Navy)

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APL analyses have identified, quantified, and prioritized opportunities to address time-critical
targets across multiple domains—space, air, land, and sea.

Overview

The National Security Analysis Mission Area combines technical knowledge with analysis to find tomorrow’s solutions to national security, space, and health challenges. Our analysis informs senior decision makers across the government on national policy, technology, acquisition, exercises and experimentation, and complex current and future operations.

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.

Doing Business with NSAD

Preston Dunlap, National Security Analysis Mission Area Executive, invites you to contact him 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.