Defense Technologies Research Institute


Conduct research and development activities resulting in rapid prototyping and fielding of man-portable technologies that expand the capabilities of US forces.


The Defense Technologies Research Institute (DTRI) was established to leverage technology as a significant enabler to enhanced performance on a complex, asymmetrical battlefield. Our battle-experienced personnel provide a unique link between the current user and the private sector provider of an emerging technology. Specifically, DTRI promotes research and development of advanced man portable systems in the areas of visual augmentation, sensors, mobility equipment, communications and information assurance, and force protection by seeking to adopt, adapt, or modify existing or new technologies that provide expanded capabilities to US forces.


DTRI seeks to counter the continuously evolving set of threats within emerging battle space by:
  • Conducting a continuous assessment of relevant emerging as well as existing capabilities, linking operational needs with potential technology solutions
  • Conducting applied research and development, rapidly producing a prototype device to address a specific operational shortfall
  • Mentoring small businesses demonstrating a capability for rapid response to emerging threats and requirements


Applied Research – Past Performance Research Efforts:
  • Computer and Network Defense
  • Digital Analysis (Cyber Forensics)
  • Network and Enterprise Risk Assessment
  • Personal Defense System Enhancement
  • Remote Explosive Detection
  • Software Verification and Validation
  • Visual Augmentation Systems