Explore APL’s Critical Contributions to Critical Challenges

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    Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems

    We are solving critical challenges for the Navy’s undersea surveillance community, making contributions such as active and passive sonar processing algorithms for inclusion in the Advanced Surveillance Build tactical sonar modernization program.
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    Submarine Survivability Program

    The SSN/SSGN survivability program ensures our submarines stay hidden regardless of new technology, changing mission requirements, and increasingly sophisticated adversaries.
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    Modeling Warfighter Decision-Making

    Working with technical consultants and the Navy fighter aircraft community, we created a pilot-behavior model for air-to-air combat.
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    Precision Targeting

    Working to ensure that ground forces can rapidly and accurately provide GPS locations of battlefield targets, APL performed design analyses and developed procedures that resulted in the successful testing of the Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS) and improvements to the system’s precision geolocation capability.
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    Next Generation Jammer

    Strongly leveraging APL’s technical expertise, the Navy’s Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Mid-Band (Increment 1) program entered the engineering and manufacturing development phase.
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    Deployed with the Fleet

    In 2017, APL staff members deployed on U.S. Navy Commander, Task Force 70 (CTF-70) patrols aboard the carrier USS Ronald Reagan—an assignment that allowed our engineers to experience the fleet’s challenges and operational workflows, and gather important data to feed future analyses and technology demonstrations in operationally relevant environments.
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    Space Weather Sensors

    Knowing the distribution and direction of energetic charged particles along a spacecraft’s trajectory is key to situational and satellite-health awareness, yet many missions resist flying particle sensors because the instruments can be heavy and expensive.
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    Space Security and Defense

    APL provides expertise to the Space Security and Defense program, a joint Department of Defense/Office of the Director of National Intelligence organization focused on creating a more resilient and enduring national security space capability.
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    Spacebased Kill Assessment (SKA)

    APL developed and tested the sensors for the Missile Defense Agency’s SKA system, currently on orbit and executing planned test events.
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    Ensuring Resilient Enabling Capabilities in Denied Environments

    On behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, APL is merging technical capabilities with acquisition strategy to mitigate adversary threats to command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) in the maritime, terrestrial, air, space, and cyber domains.
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  • Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 and the French Carrier Air Wing fly over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (Credit: U.S. Navy/MC3 Brooke Macchietto)

    Shaping the Joint Future Operating Environment

    On behalf of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, APL led development of the Joint Future Operating Environment, which lays the foundation for force development across the services.
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  • APL analyses have identified, quantified, and prioritized opportunities to address time-critical targets across multiple domains.

    Countering Anti-Access, Area-Denial Threats

    APL is an established, critical partner of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office, which provides lower-cost, strategic alternatives for shaping and countering emerging threats.
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    Engaging Senior Decision-Makers

    APL partnered with the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics to design and execute a space wargame based on a rigorous analytical framework.
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    Durable and Portable Therapeutics Production

    APL experts have made significant strides in developing methods for portable production of vaccines and other therapeutics, enabling production on demand in remote locations and during emergency outbreaks.
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    The Systems Approach to Saving Lives

    APL’s thought leaders are stirring discussions on the importance of taking a systems approach to health care.
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