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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. Twenty-two of America’s most senior national security leaders, including the Deputy National Security Advisor, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Air Force, and multiple combatant commanders, gathered at APL to explore responses to scenarios that threatened U.S. space-based assets, culminating a yearlong analysis and planning effort. Our physics-based technical analysis was an excellent foundation for the exercise, designed for participants to understand strengths and weaknesses of future architecture options, identify the value of enhanced capabilities, and identify implications when faced with challenges in space.

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. Since 2012 we have provided the office with physics-based analytic assessments regarding the feasibility, survivability, and military utility of more than 40 concepts—most recently on projects including long-range strike capabilities and teaming of manned and unmanned systems—and ensured the technical validity of program proposals. APL has served as a technical lead, lead systems integrator, and technical direction agent and has guided rapid fielding and prototyping of systems as well as testing and evaluation.

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. The document provides a vision for a security environment that requires innovative approaches to U.S. military operations—and we designed and executed a series of workshops to discern the nature and aspects of that future environment. We also played a central role in the research, analysis, development, and writing of Joint Operating Environment 2035, a key publication that will provide guidance for how future Joint Forces develop.

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. The latest example is Pacific Pilot, which established a proven testing regime and results that offer the Department of Defense (DoD) new pathways to support the warfighter. The convergence of integrated networks enabling protected, resilient, and redundant pathways will provide a ubiquitous means to support global operations across the range of military operations. This network will also extend services to the tactical edge and provision remote management where necessary. Inclusion of enhanced program protection and security measures will ensure a robust and enduring capability for DoD and the government.