Below are Lincoln Laboratory’s primary mission areas. Each mission area has a link to an overview of that field of research, its programs, accomplishments, and outlook for future direction as well as topics relating to the mission. The leadership for each mission area is also displayed, with a link to each leader's biography.

Space Control ›

Space Control

The Space Control mission area detects, tracks, and identifies man-made satellites; assesses payload and satellite mission; and makes improvements for monitoring space weather and atmospheric and ionospheric effects.

LINEAR | Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex | Ceres

Air, Missile, & Maritime Defense Technology ›


The Air, Missile, & Maritime Defense Technology mission area develops integrated systems for defense against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and air vehicles in tactical, strategic, and homeland defense applications. 

Kwajalein Field Site

Communication Systems  ›

Comm on the move Humvee

The Communication Systems mission area works to enhance and protect the capabilities of the nation’s global defense networks. Emphasis is placed on synthesizing system architectures, developing component technologies, building and demonstrating end-to-end system prototypes, and transferring this technology to industry for deployment in operational systems.

Cyber Security and Information Sciences ›

Cyber security

The Cyber Security and Information Sciences mission area conducts research, development, evaluation, and deployment of prototype components and systems designed to improve the security of computer networks, hosts, and applications. One focus is the intersection between the Laboratory’s traditional mission areas and the cyber domain.

Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems | Human Language Technology | pMatlab | MatlabMPI

ISR Systems and Technology ›

submarine sensor

The Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems and Technology mission area conducts research and development in advanced sensing concepts, networked sensor architectures, and decision systems.

Information Theoretic Metrics | LLGrid | HPEC Challenge

Advanced Technology ›

Electronics close up

The Advanced Technology mission area focuses on the invention of new device concepts, their practical realization, and their integration into subsystems.

Microelectronics Laboratory

Tactical Systems ›

Unmanned Air Vehicle

In the Tactical Systems mission area, Lincoln Laboratory focuses on assisting the Department of Defense to improve the acquisition and employment of various tactical air and counterterrorist systems.


Homeland Protection ›

biochem detection

The Homeland Protection mission area develops technology and systems to prevent terrorist attacks, to reduce vulnerability to terrorism, and to minimize the damage and assist in recovery from terrorist attacks.


Air Traffic Control ›

Avaition team looking at radar image

The Air Traffic Control mission area supports new technology for air traffic control, developing advanced integrated weather systems, decision-support technologies, and open systems architectures for air surveillance sensors, information security, and collaborative air traffic management.

Aviation Weather | FAA Weather Systems

Engineering ›

The Engineering mission area builds hardware systems incorporating advanced technology. These systems are used as platforms for testing new concepts, as prototypes for demonstrating new capabilities, and as operational systems for addressing warfighter needs.



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