The MITRE Research Program seeks to address the nation's most pressing challenges through open technological and scientific innovation. The program complements MITRE's direct work program by striving to see these challenges in fundamentally new ways thereby inspiring innovative--and sometimes radical--solutions.
The MITRE DoD C3I FFRDC was established in 1958 to support the development and fielding of electronically-based air defense systems. Today, the C3I FFRDC supports a broad and diverse set of sponsors within the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. These include the military departments, defense and intelligence agencies, the combatant commands, and elements of both the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The system engineering activities for these sponsors cover a wide range from concept development through the acquisition and fielding of advanced capabilities. Information systems technology, coupled with domain knowledge, underpin the work of the C3I FFRDC.
Since our founding, MITRE has been integral to the evolution of large, technologically complex government programs—from the development of the SAGE command and control system to the modernization of air traffic control. The work we do for our federal sector modernization customers entails similar levels of complexity. When the IRS chose MITRE to manage its federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) in 1998, the choice reflected the agency's commitment to modernize America's tax administration systems and its confidence in our ability to meet that challenge.