Trailblazing future technologies, today

Our cutting-edge expertise in undersea weapons, UUVs, advanced sensors, and power and energy systems put us at the intersection of innovation and industry.

USO designs, develops, validates, and maintains a suite of large-scale undersea warfare models and simulations used by technology developers, analysts, the Navy, and its allies. We serve as a research center of excellence in undersea weapons, unmanned undersea vehicles, and advanced sonars.

We support our national security and undersea warfare sponsors through the development and demonstration of science and technology with the expertise, tools, and processes to take concepts from the early developmental phase through transition to industry and the fleet.


  • Advanced Sonar Systems
  • Signal Processing, Target Tracking/Classification, and Data Fusion
  • Autonomous Vehicle Guidance and Control
  • Embedded, Real-time Software
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Design
  • Power and Energy Systems Design and Development
  • Fiber Optic Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation/Operations Research
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • System Engineering, Integration and Test

With state-of-the-art facilities and a strong history of scientific excellence,
USO serves as a trusted advisor able to leverage decades of institutional knowledge.

We equip our national security, intelligence community, and government sponsors with the tools they need to achieve their missions. Our expertise in rapid prototyping and cutting-edge research provides a competitive advantage to our mission partners.

Our Divisions

  • Energy Science and Power Systems
  • Engineering Systems Research and Development
  • Guidance and Control Technology (GCT)
  • Model-Based Engineering (MBE)
  • Sonar Research and Development
  • System and Emerging Capabilities
  • Vehicles and Unmanned Systems

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.