Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory


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244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA 02421-6426
United States

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is designated a Department of Defense (DoD) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) and a DoD Research and Development Laboratory. The Laboratory conducts research and development pertinent to national security on behalf of the military Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and other government agencies. Lincoln Laboratory focuses on the development and prototyping of new technologies and capabilities to meet government needs that cannot be met as effectively by the government’s existing in-house or contractor resources. An emphasis is on R&D to address emerging DoD technology areas. Program activities extend from fundamental investigations through design and field testing of prototype systems using new technologies. A strong emphasis is placed on the transition of systems and technology to the private sector. Lincoln Laboratory has been in existence for 67 years. On its 25th and 50th anniversaries, the Laboratory received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in recognition of its distinguished technical innovation and scientific discoveries. Nearly all of the Lincoln Laboratory efforts are housed at its campus on Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.



Lincoln Laboratory's vision is to be the nation’s premier laboratory that develops advanced technology and system prototypes for national security problems, to work in the most relevant and difficult technical areas, and to strive for highly effective program execution in all phases. 

Our values are

  • Technical Excellence: The Laboratory is committed to technical excellence through the people it hires and through its system and technology development, prototyping, and transition.
  • Integrity: The Laboratory strives to develop and present correct and complete technical results and recommendations, without real or perceived conflicts of interest.
  • Meritocracy: The Laboratory bases career advancement on an individual’s ability and achievements. A diverse and inclusive culture is critically important for a well-functioning meritocracy.
  • Service: The Laboratory is committed to service to the nation, to the local community, and to its employees.

Our strategic directions include 

  • Continuing to evolve mission areas and programs.
  • Strengthening core technology programs.
  • Increasing MIT campus/Lincoln Laboratory collaboration.
  • Strengthening technology transfer to acquisition, user, and commercial communities. 
  • Finding greater efficiencies and reduce overhead process.
  • Improving leverage through external relationships.
  • Improving Laboratory diversity and inclusion.
  • Enhancing Laboratory facilities.
  • Enhancing Laboratory community outreach and education. 

Technology Disciplines

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A Method to Design and Prepare Graphene-based Nanocomposites with Multi-Functional Applications: Using In Silico Design to Guide Experimental Fabrication
A New Bayesian Method for High Resolution Nanoparticle Sizing in Single Particle Tracking
A Novel High Throughput Method for Automated Single-cell Identification and Capture in vitro
A Novel High Throughput Method for Automated Single-cell Identification and Capture in vitro
A Platform for the Transfer of Encrypted Information via DNA
A Platform for the Transfer of Encrypted Information via DNA
A Semi-Interpenetrating Network of a Polycation and Crosslinked Poly(vinyl alcohol) for OH-Conducting Membranes
Accurate Indoor Localization with Zero Start-up Cost
Accurate Indoor Localization with Zero Start-up Cost
Active Controlled Energy Absorber Using Responsive Fluids


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Integrated Weather and Air Traffic Control Decision Support Facilities
Lincoln Laboratory Grid
Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex
Machine Shop
MIT Lincoln Laboratory Facilities
Optical Systems Test Facility
Polymer Laboratory
Rapid Hardware Integration Facility
RF System Test Facility

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Lincoln Laboratory research teams leverage solid-state electronic and electro-optical technologies, chemistry, materials science, advanced RF technology, and quantum information science to develop innovative system applications and components.

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Lincoln Laboratory is developing advanced technologies and decision support architectures for aircraft surveillance, integrated weather sensing and processing, collaborative air traffic management, and information security to support the nation’s air transportation system.

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Lincoln Laboratory researchers are investigating system architectures, prototyping pathfinder systems, and demonstrating these advanced, integrated sensor systems that are designed for use on tactical air and maritime platforms to provide defense against missile threats.

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The focus of this mission area is to develop and demonstrate RF military satellite communications, free-space laser communications, tactical network radios, and quantum systems to expand and protect the nation’s global defense networks.

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Lincoln Laboratory conducts research, development, and evaluation of cyber components and systems, and develops solutions for processing large, high-dimensional datasets acquired from diverse sources, including speech, imagery, text, and network traffic.

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Lincoln Laboratory is innovating technology and architectures to help prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, to reduce the vulnerability of the nation to terrorism, to minimize the damage from terrorist attacks, and to facilitate recovery from man-made and natural disasters.

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Lincoln Laboratory carries out research and development in advanced sensing, signal and image processing, decision support technology, and high-performance embedded computing to enhance capabilities in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

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The goal of this mission is to ensure the resilience of the U.S. space enterprise by designing, prototyping, operating, and assessing systems to provide space situational awareness, resilient space capability delivery, active defense, and associated cross-domain battle management.

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The goals of this mission are to improve the development of tactical air and counterterrorism systems through systems analysis that assesses the impact of technologies on real-world scenarios; rapidly develop prototype tactical systems; and conduct precise instrumented testing of systems.

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-87% of funding comes from the Department of Defense
-13% Non-Department of Defense

The above funding is distributing amongst the following programs:
-6%, OTHER

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