Army Research Lab


The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory is the Army’s national research laboratory with the mission to operationalize science for transformational overmatch in support of persistent Army modernization.

As part of Army Futures Command, the CCDC ARL performs threat-based foundational research for technologies that are disruptive and unique to the Army. It also serves as AFC’s interface to the worldwide academic community for foundational research through its expansive collaborative network and expanding national S&T ecosystem. The laboratory stays ahead of the threat, developing long-term projections of future military technology.

The CCDC ARL was officially activated in 1992, but its genealogy dates back to the early 19th century. For more than 50 years, civilians have conducted the great majority of the Army’s basic science programs – whether as in-house scientists and engineers or as contractors in private industry and academia. Among their many successes, these civilians helped develop Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, the first operational, general purpose, electronic digital computer.


Patrick Baker

Director, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Patrick Baker is the director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory. In this role, he leads nearly 2,000 military and civilian employees who combine their in-house technical expertise with those from academia and industry to perform the foundational research needed to deliver the best technologies to U.S. Soldiers.

Prior to his current role at the CCDC Army Research Laboratory, Pat served as director of the laboratory’s Survivability Lethality Analysis Directorate before overseeing its transition to a new organization, the CCDC Data & Analysis Center.

Pat holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. In 2012, he was selected to the Senior Executive Service.