Developing cyber electromagnetic advantages for warfighters and operators

from seabed to space.

The Communications, Information, and Navigation Office (CINO) at ARL

develops non-proprietary solutions and champions the transfer of advanced technologies to the Department of Defense (DoD), National Intelligence Community (IC), and other government and industrial entities. We’re a rapidly expanding organization that has experienced significant growth over the last five years – not only with project funding, but also with our total number of funded projects.

Our learning-centric organization

cultivates an environment where creative ideas and people thrive for the betterment of our national security mission.

We employ nearly 300 people

approximately 22 percent of the total ARL workforce.

We’re a diverse group

of highly skilled scientists, researchers, engineers, and professionals. Research and development engineers make up the core of our workforce (59 percent) while research faculty accounts for 8 percent of CINO’s ranks.


CINO concentrates on the collection, analysis, processing, exploitation, transportation and visualization of signals, data and information. Cyberspace and the wider information environment are our focus. By leveraging our expertise in information and communication technologies (ICT), and navigation systems, we evolve ideas from concepts, through design, prototypes, testing and evaluation.  We equip the USG with the capabilities needed for the nation’s top priorities.

  • Cyber and Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW)
  • Special communication
  • Precision navigation and precision geolocation
  • Decision advantage
  • Cyber forensics and cybersecurity
  • DevSecOps automation
  • Enhanced warfighter effectiveness via real-time support
  • Geospatial Imagery and Data Science

Our mission focus spans the physical warfighting domains: land, air, space, maritime, electromagnetic spectrum, and cyberspace. We are focused on our DoD and other USG sponsors who benefit from an established, trusted relationship, and our agility and ability to rapidly innovate and provide prototypes that meet national security needs sought by our sponsors for their missions.


Within its six divisions, CINO develops non-proprietary solutions and champions the transfer of advanced technologies to the DoD, National Intelligence Community, and other government and industrial entities.

Advanced Science and Technology (AST) focuses on nascent technologies in the areas of electromagnetics, electromagnetic maneuver warfare, quantum sciences, and sensors.

Through cross-Division and cross-Office collaborations, AST provides foundational basic and applied research products in these areas to benefit the USG and warfighter communities.

Communications and Signal Processing (CSP) supports the DoD and IC by providing basic and applied research expertise to develop and prototype advanced communications systems and associated technologies.

CSP supports the transition of these prototype capabilities to operational utility.

Cyber, Modeling, and Simulation (CMS) conducts research and development on full spectrum cyber capabilities, providing warfighters with strategic and operational cyberspace superiority in conjunction with the ability to achieve and maintain information dominance.

CMS also leverages modeling and simulation expertise and other resources to deliver prototypes, demonstrations, and accelerated transitions of emerging research and technologies vital to national security needs, in addition to performing research, development, testing, and evaluations facilitating innovation in practice and development of critical, in-demand capabilities.

A cyber center of excellence, CMS researches, develops, and delivers to sponsors a diverse range of innovative, forward-thinking cyber capabilities spanning the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and featuring the speed and agility required to achieve cyberspace domain dominance.

The Geospatial, Image, and Data Sciences Division focuses on GeoSpatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and its supporting disciplines, while supporting the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG).

Our team of researchers includes image scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, geographers, and meteorologists.

Navigation Research and Development (NRD) serves the DoD by performing precision navigation research, development, testing, and evaluation to meet current and future military mission needs. NRD provides system engineering and technical advice for transitioning new technology and advanced capabilities into military platforms through utilization of specialized scientific and engineering navigation experts and a unique testing facility.

Visualization and Decision Support (VDS) researches, develops, and applies technical innovations that provide decision advantage through the use of visualizations, analytics, geographic information systems, simulations, and collaboration technologies.

ARL is committed to our employee’s health and well-being by supporting Penn State initiatives, local health officials, and government leaders in preventing COVID-19 in the workplace.

Our employees whose work or research can be done remotely, from home, are doing so. We have also given the opportunity of a flexible work schedule to assist our employees who have other obligations to consider. For those whose work or research requires them to be in our laboratories, offices, or on campus, we are following all protocols necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including mandatory mask training, strict safety procedures, and a network of contacts for reporting any ill-feeling symptoms.

As new employees join our workforce, the above guidelines apply. 

You can be confident that we will maintain our vigilant enforcement of all COVID-19 protocols in our workplace to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Our strength comes from our people… we are a diverse group of professionals who hail from all over this great Nation, with all kinds of experience and expertise. As a team, we will get through this together with patience, diligence, vigilance, and resilience.