Mitre Corporation

Mitre Corporation

The Mitre Corporation is a public-interest not-for-profit organization based in Bedford, Massachusetts and McLean, Virginia. It manages Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) supporting the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a center supporting Department of Homeland Security.


Under the leadership of C. W. Halligan, Mitre was formed in 1958 to provide overall direction to the numerous companies and workers involved in the US Air Force SAGE project. Most of the early employees transferred to Mitre from the Lincoln Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where SAGE was being developed. In April 1959, a site was purchased in Bedford, Massachusetts near Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB), to develop a new Mitre laboratory, which Mitre occupied in September 1959.

After the SAGE project ended in the early 1960s, Mitre was awarded a contract in 1963 to develop a similar system for the FAA, to produce an automated air traffic control (ATC) system. The result of the project formed the National Airspace System (NAS), which is still in use today. The NAS is still largely in its original form, although most of its components have been modernized at one time or another since the 1960s. To support the NAS project and continual operations with the DoD at the Pentagon, a second "main office" was opened in McLean, Virginia. Mitre also operates a large number of branch offices around the world, most of them co-located at major Air Force or other military bases.

Through the 1960s, Mitre was mostly involved in military Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) projects, working on, among other things, the Airborne Warning and Control System AWACS. Mitre also worked on a number of projects with ARPA, including the work that would lead to the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network ARPANET. Since the 1960s, most DoD early warning and communications projects have been developed by or supported by Mitre, including the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System JTIDS and the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System JSTARS. One of the more recent centers at Mitre is providing a modernization plan for the Internal Revenue Service, which started in 1998.

With the slowing of continued DoD research after the end of the Cold War, the federal government set up several "Centers of Excellence" (COEs) research teams funded at a low level to ensure that the teams stayed together in the future. On January 29, 1996, the Mitre Board of Trustees elected to divide the corporation into two entities. The Mitre Corporation was to focus its operations on its FFRDCs for DoD and FAA, while a new company, named Mitretek Systems, now called Noblis, took over the non-FFRDC work for a number of US Government agencies.


Mitre is organized as follows:

  • The Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence FFRDC is sponsored by the Department of Defense and focuses on national security issues.
  • The Center for Advanced Aviation System Development FFRDC is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and focuses on air traffic management.
  • The Center for Enterprise Modernization FFRDC is co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs and focuses on modernization and healthcare initiatives.
  • The Homeland Security Center supports the Department of Homeland Security and focuses on protection from terrorist threats, immigration and commerce, and recovery from national emergencies.
  • Internal research and development explores new technologies and ways to apply existing tools and technologies.

Mitre has offices in the following locations:

  • Aberdeen, Maryland
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Chantilly, Virginia
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Darmstadt, Germany
  • Eatontown, New Jersey
  • Eglin-Hurlburt, Florida
  • El Segundo, California
  • Fairfax, Virginia
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Fort Hood, Texas
  • Fort Huachuca, Arizona
  • Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • Herndon, Virginia
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • International locations
  • Key West, Florida
  • Langley AFB, Virginia
  • Lexington Park, Maryland
  • MacDill AFB, Florida
  • McLean, Virginia
  • Miami, Florida
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Nellis AFB, Nevada
  • New Carrollton, Maryland
  • Newport, Rhode Island
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey
  • Quantico, Virginia
  • RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom
  • Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • Reston, Virginia
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Rome, New York
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego, California
  • Scott AFB, Illinois
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Suitland, Maryland
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Wahiawa, Hawaii
  • Washington, DC
  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
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