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The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), based at the University of Maryland College Park, was established in 2018 under the sponsorship of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD(I&S)).

As a University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC), our purpose is to be a long-term strategic asset for research and development in artificial intelligence, information engineering, and human systems (see above Core Competencies, activities, and programs).


Elite and Advantageous Distinction

One of only fourteen designated Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) in the nation, ARLIS conducts both research from basic to the applied, benefits from a sole source contract which facilitates expedient engagement with offices throughout the DoD and IC, and serves the US Government as a trusted agent.

21st CENTURY Challenges

And 21st Century Solutions

Just as other UARCs were established to address key technologies of their time (e.g., undersea warfare in 1942 or biotechnologies in 2003), the core competencies of ARLIS address the 21st-century challenges to the United States' Security and Intelligence Communities.

ARLIS builds robust analysis and trusted tools in the "human domain" through its dedicated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams, grounded both in the technical state of the art and a direct understanding of the complex challenges faced by the defense security and intelligence enterprise.

Our outstanding research teams draw from a wide range of diverse expertise and disciplines, including engineering, data science, psychology, computer science, anthropology, rhetoric, cognitive science, political science, cybersecurity, linguistics, and artificial intelligence. These technical experts work with former and current defense and intelligence operators and policymakers to solve difficult national security problems, resulting in quality research that is relevant both to academia and our operational partners.

What we do

Research Focus Areas

Key areas for ARLIS include matters where people, society, policy and technology intersect, particularly activities with impact across the intelligence community (IC) and defense security enterprise.  


We maintain three research focus areas for the Intelligence and Security mission:

  • Human and Sociotechnical Systems, focusing on such critical problems as insider threat, cognitive security for malign influence, information operations, gray zone conflict, language and culture, and computational social science.
  • AI, Automation, and Augmentation, including topics such as human-computer interaction, performance, and cognitive augmentation, human domain overmatch, data analytics, and integration of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with operational systems. 
  • Advanced Computing and Emerging Technologies, which supports the computational and data frameworks needed to execute programs and projects, intelligence community support for alternative computing expertise (such as quantum), access to data repositories, and computational infrastructure, and related tasks. 
Work with ARLIS


As the Defense Security and Intelligence Communities’ University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), UMD ARLIS provides high-value understanding, analysis, and solutions for a range of intelligence and security requirements. ARLIS seeks to establish foundational partnerships with USG entities that leverage our core competencies and advance RDT&E activities in areas of critical need. Our rapid-response capabilities can help meet your research and analysis needs.


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