1. Advanced Technology Directorate
The Advanced Technology Directorate (ATD) plans and conducts highly innovative high-risk Research and Development (R&D) in technology areas which cannot be readily integrated into the MDSTC projects and directorates, but whose payoff would be absolutely essential to the fulfillment of the Commands mission. This R&D is coordinated through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Innovative Science and Technology, and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. They also plan and conduct a long-term basic science program with relevance to the Centers projects and programs, and provide needed expertise to solve significant technical problems in all of the Centers projects and programs. This also includes materials and structures, power technology development for strategic defense, information processing, computer technology, and communications technology. The directorate currently is exploring acousto-optical processing, laser satellite communications, radar range-doppler images, and innovative threat destruction mechanisms.