Explore APL’s Critical Contributions to Critical Challenges

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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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    Mapping the Brain for Machine Learning

    APL leads several test and evaluation efforts for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONs) project, launched to develop state-of-the-art machine-learning capabilities by modeling how the brain processes information.
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    Health Surveillance

    APL’s leadership in electronic disease surveillance, both at home and abroad, is making a difference on the front lines of protecting the health of a population.
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  • APL is developing environmental risk assessment tools that can be readily integrated into the Nett Warrior combat situational awareness platform. (U.S. Army)

    Army Environmental Health Research

    APL and the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research are developing capabilities to detect, assess, and prevent effects from exposure to toxic materials—focusing especially on ways to prevent acute and chronic health effects through new biological technologies.
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    Senior Leader Helicopter Communications

    APL is working with the Navy to enhance communications on the senior leader helicopter fleet.
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    Biological Threat Analysis

    APL is developing innovative ways to evaluate biological threats in a natural environment.
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    Detecting Malware

    Using different types of powerful analytics, the APL-developed REnigma tool enables cyber analysts to quickly review malware.
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    Integrated Adaptive Cyber Defense (IACD)

    APL conceptualized, prototyped, and published a framework enabling the integration and automation of diverse cybersecurity solutions to dramatically increase the speed and scale of cyber defense.
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    Visible Light Communications

    For the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), APL is developing mission concepts and integrating operational prototypes of visible light communications capabilities in the Department of Defense—helping DISA enhance data security and alleviate demands on the limited radio frequency spectrum.
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