In a world where the U.S. Defense Department is facing asymmetric threats, department leaders are counting on long-term research and development to provide primary solutions to protect the nation. For the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which has helped create technologies that have changed the course of history, the pressure is on to find the next significant contribution, says the laboratory’s director, Ralph Semmel. “When you look back in history, we had nine of those [groundbreaking technologies], so we are holding ourselves to a very high bar,” Semmel says. “But the key is that we don’t know which technology is actually going to turn into a defining innovation.”
Johns Hopkins University APL
The Missile Defense Agency has awarded the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) a cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded total contract of $10 million. Under the modified agreement, APL will continue work on advanced technology initiatives by providing technical support to systems engineering and integration for assessments, studies and analyses of command and control, battle management and communications, fire control, missile engineering, combat systems, and space component and space systems.