Assessing New Technologies and Weapon Systems

In 2024, IDA formed the Science, Systems and Sustainment Division (S3D), recognizing the need to continually evolve to meet the pressing needs of our government sponsors in the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). IDA brought together talent from three divisions of the Systems and Analyses Center FFRDC to form the new division.

As weapon systems mature from the laboratory to the field, government leaders require expertise that crosses the full life cycle of weapon systems from basic science through test and evaluation (T&E) to operations, readiness and sustainment. S3D provides expertise over a broad range of portfolios to enable successful development, testing, fielding and sustainment of today’s weapon systems. Our methodological approaches vary across projects, but they include development of models and simulations; machine learning and statistical analyses; test design, analyses and reporting; and field exercises and operations.

Work Life

Research staff in all SAC divisions bring a diverse complement of educational and professional backgrounds to bear on the work sponsors require of us. Many members of S3D’s research staff hold advanced research and engineering degrees and have previously held senior government positions and military leadership roles. Most projects are conducted by teams that work in close partnership with our government sponsors. The division values open discussion, offering a collaborative workplace where staff consult among teammates within the division and across IDA. Division staff are afforded opportunities to attend professional conferences and to work with government leadership. See Careers@IDA for more information.

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