A Patriot missile launching system.

Systems and Architectures

To protect our nation, deployed forces, and allies in air, missile, and maritime engagements, our group defines future defense architectures, develops new algorithms, and identifies applications for new technologies to enhance the United States’ defenses against potential threats. Our staff members analyze all aspects of defense systems, including radar, infrared and laser sensors, satellites, and interceptors. We also look at the software and algorithms that enable these systems to search, track, identify, and intercept missiles, and inform decisions about battle management. We assess how adversaries' countermeasures—especially in the form of electronic warfare—would impact U.S. air, missile, and maritime defense systems. Using these analyses, we propose new technologies and architectures that would help improve the nation's defenses against current and emerging threats.

Featured Projects

Strike Group Defender immerses users in realistic simulations to help them learn how to defend ships against missile threats in real life.
maritime defense
A serious game developed by the Laboratory will help the U.S. Navy teach sailors how to defend ships against missile threats.

Advancing Our Research


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MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, Massachusetts