The complexity of the modern world demands that technology be effectively and efficiently harnessed. Technology is an enabler, force multiplier, and critical link in maintaining awareness, sharing and visualizing information, protecting personnel and equipment, and informing decisions. Its capabilities notwithstanding, however, technology is bound for little more than collecting dust unless it is appropriately matched against requirements and objectives.
CTM maintains extensive subject matter expertise in systems test and evaluations, conducting programs designed to match technological solutions with dynamic operational requirements and gaps in capability. In focused field experiments, technology capabilities are demonstrated in specific scenarios and evaluated for their effectiveness, suitability, and limitations in their intended applications.
Maritime Advanced Systems and Technologies
The Maritime Advanced Systems and Technologies Laboratory is the result of a strategic partnership between the Center for Threat Management and the Port of Hueneme. MAST was designed to apply field experimentation and implementation specifically to the port and maritime domains. MAST leverages a network of regional academic, research, test and evaluation, and in-service engineering centers to facilitate innovation and collaboration, as well as access to facilities, resources, and operational insight.
From its location at the Port of Hueneme, MAST provides ready access to the only deep water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. As a dual-use port, MAST can also facilitate access to commercial and military vessels and waterside facilities. Its proximity to the Navy’s largest sea test range, offshore oil and gas facilities, and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary supports research in a variety of exclusive venues for military, law enforcement, emergency management, environmental, and commercial technologies.
“Since FY09, significant funding reductions have increased the emphasis on risk mitigation in Fleet experimentation. This lack of risk tolerance reduces the effectiveness of experimentation in creating innovative outcomes while driving out low-barrier-to-entry and ad hoc initiatives. Re-establishing robust and agile experimentation at appropriate levels is critical to achieving a strategic advantage.”