the Enemy: Card Games Are War Games
Making quick—but rational—decisions in emergency situations
can save lives, whether you're a soldier in the field or a firefighter.
MITRE is researching how to help people accurately diagnose a situation
and thus better decide on a course of action in uncertain situations.
A "command and control" card game shows us how people think.
Systems: Finding a Face in the Crowd
Biometric systems identify a person by unique characteristics, such
as fingerprints or facial planes. Many organizations are experimenting
with systems that can accurately identify suspected terrorists without
them being aware of it, for example by scanning faces in a crowd.
MITRE is developing methods for predicting the performance of biometric
systems and looking at how to improve them.
Security: Staying Ahead of the "Smart" Worms
When they arrive, "smart" worms will make today's worms,
such as the Slammer and Code Red, look like amateurs. To prevent the
serious harm these worms could cause government and commercial organizations
around the world, MITRE is looking at the nature of worm attacks and
researching innovative ways to prevent them.
Helps Make GPS More Accurate and Powerful
MITRE works with military and civil agencies to improve global positioning
systems services with better jam-proofing, new signals, and better
Internet Bound for Mars
The Internet is headed for a new frontier—Outer Space. Earth
will be the first planet to benefit, as we apply new concepts to the
terrestrial Internet. And next stop on the list is Mars, where a net
of satellites hovering over the Red Planet will enable the Interplanetary
A New Language to Determine the Presence of Software Vulnerabilities
Protecting an organization's IT systems from vulnerabilities gets
more and more difficult. MITRE saw the need for a standardized baseline
method for identifying the vulnerabilities within systems and created
one that benefits system administrators and other security professionals.
Researchers Have Brains On Their Minds
Sharing brain mapping data may one day help researchers cure Alzheimer's.
MITRE's neuroinformatics team is providing the tools to make it happen.
Exchange Meetings Bring MITRE's Expertise Together To Solve New Problems
EMs bring a company's resources to bear on a problem. At MITRE, the
TEM helps determine long-term strategic requirements and identify
work the company should be doing.
Hot Spotting: Finding a Needle In a Haystack of Digital Sound
Audio hot spotting is the ability to instantly search pre-recorded
video and audio footage for specific spoken words, sound effects or
noises—all done with the ease and speed of an Internet-type
Robot Teams for Military Use
MITRE's robotics activities go back to the late 1980s when researchers
worked on robot arm tele-operation for the NASA Space Shuttle. Today
we are working on a variety of robotics projects.
The Air Traffic
Management Lab: Working the Issues from Takeoff to Landing
MITRE's ATM lab is one of the few facilities in the country that
provides end-to-end real-time simulations of air traffic management.
It gives pilots, air traffic controllers, federal regulators, and
others a chance to test new technology and processes that could enhance
air safety, reduce delays, or improve airport capacity.
Navigation Standards Encourage Flexibility and Safety in the Skies
RNP allows aircraft to break from traditional ground-based navigation
systemsto fly more flexible "point-to-point" routes. For years,
modern aviation has relied on ground-based navigation aids to guide
aircraft in the skies. Today, MITRE is helping the FAA develop new
performance standards that will allow airplanes to fly "untethered"
in American airspace.
Aviation Institute: Aviation from A-Z (and Beyond)
Everything MITRE knows about aviation can't be squeezed into a series
of courses on aviation issues and technologiesbut some of it
Enhances Military's Ability to Hit Moving Targets
The military must be able to quickly identify and strike what are
known as "Time Sensitive Targets," which could be groups of adversaries
on the move, missiles, terrorist camps, or biowarfare labs. MITRE
is working in partnership with the services to achieve a more streamlined
and flexible communications and decision-making process that allows
fast action against the enemy.
Communications Survivability at the Pentagon
MITRE is the system integrator for the Pentagon's Command Communications
Survivability Program, which is on a fast track to rebuild the Pentagon's
communications capacity to withstand terrorist attacks.
Warfare—More than Just Technology
Network-centric warfare is the driving concept behind force transformation
in the 21st century—but achieving it goes well beyond having
the latest computers. MITRE's Fred Stein, one of the fathers of NCW,
Testbed Helps Integrate Equipment for Air Force
The RCAT helps integrate commercial off-the-shelf avionics in U.S.
Air Force aircraft so they can fly in the preferred airspace of commercial
Helps the Air Force Implement PKI
When Air Force Lieutenant Jane Jacobs sends sensitive information
to Air Force offices, she doesn't worry about it getting into the
Force "Practices" for Future Warfare
How does the Air Force respond rapidly and effectively to situations
arising anywhere, anytime, around the globe?
Algorithms Improve Radio Communications
When our armed forces move into hostile territory, establishing communications
takes top priority.
Tools Help Business Units Read from the Same Balance Sheet
Can you imagine how much information is gathered and shared during
a 15-year enterprise modernization program? How do managers keep track
of projects, deadlines, budgets, and staff? The IRS has a few tools
that really help, such as the Business System Modernization Dashboard.
Structures Can Help Government Agencies Share Information
In a post-9/11 world, it's critical that organizations as diverse
as Customs, the Coast Guard, the State Department, and the Department
of Defense learn to collaborate. MITRE researchers are working on
ways to help them do just that.
Tools to Wage Peace
The Peace Corps wants to double its number of volunteers in the next
five years. MITRE is helping the agency create an enterprise architecturea
roadmap for identifying and implementing the technology it will need
to carry out its mission.
Help Team 'SEE' Improved Computer Security
One day, IT professionals may approach security issues as if they
were doctors: using sets of common symptoms to diagnose and treat
security breaches. This new way of looking at security relies on a
concept called "patterns"and MITRE researchers are writing the
book on it.
the Future of IRS Customer Contact
Faced with a call volume and level of complexity unheard of in the
commercial sector, the IRS is working hard to improve its customer-service
technology Enterrpise Modernization.
Guard Modernizes Operations to Improve U.S. Security
The U.S. Coast Guard, which had enormous responsibilities even before
9/11, now finds itself playing a central role in the drive to enhance
the nation's security at home.