The Maritime Security Laboratory (MSL) researches, develops and evaluates technologies aimed at detecting and characterizing current and emerging maritime threats. MSL addresses threats across multiple timescales, ranging from human-planned attacks to coastal hazards using assets including acoustic and infrared sensors; vessels and vehicles; and prediction tools focused on the surface, underwater, and urban realms.
In-harbor protection requires layered, sophisticated technologies for detection and characterization of surface and submerged intruders – often in highly variable estuarine environments. MSL has substantial expertise understanding and operating in complex urban estuaries and harbors where currents, salinity, temperature, water level, vessel traffic, and acoustic properties fluctuate strongly in space and rapidly in time.
Through close collaboration with government agencies, our R&D approaches are aimed to secure harbors throughout the world for anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).