Future Outlook

Lincoln Laboratory is investigating 3D printing techniques utilizing dielectric and metallic material deposition to create unique phased arrays, such as the one pictured here, for use in various mission applications. Potential uses include wing- and hull-mounted conformal arrays for aircraft and ships, and extremely compact arrays for unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic warfare payloads.

  • Development, testing, and deployment of credible counters to the ballistic missile threat will continue to be a significant national priority. The Laboratory’s efforts will focus on new capabilities for homeland BMD, including a new RKV, an improved Ground-Based Interceptor, upgraded radar and optical sensors, and enhanced discrimination technologies. In addition, the Laboratory will work to evolve capabilities to defend against regional threats; these capabilities include advancements to the Aegis, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), and Patriot systems, as well as new sensor and interceptor alternatives.
  • Defense of land and sea bases against increasingly capable and long-range threats remains a high priority for the Department of Defense. A significant focus for the Laboratory will be the development and test of layered defenses, such as left-of-launch and counter-C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) capabilities, and of kinetic and electronic defenses in all phases of flight. Particularly important will be developing, testing, and fielding electronic attack capabilities to counter advanced cruise and ballistic missile threats.
  • Lincoln Laboratory will grow its portfolio of submarine and antisubmarine warfare technology and systems to address advancing and proliferating threats in the undersea domain.



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