Lincoln Laboratory

MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, in Lexington, Massachusetts, is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that develops advanced technology to address national security needs. Its core competencies are in sensors, information extraction (signal processing and embedded computing), communications, and decision support—all supported by a broad research base in advanced electronics. Other areas of innovative research and development are cyber-security, autonomous systems, bioengineering, and homeland protection. A strong emphasis is on field-testing prototype systems. As a Department of Defense FFRDC, the laboratory transitions technologies to both the military services and industry. Approximately 3,546 MIT employees and 510 subcontracted personnel worked at Lincoln Laboratory in fiscal year 2019.

Lincoln Laboratory Program Funding, by Mission Area, Fiscal Year 2019*
Mission area Expenditures (in millions)** %
Communications Systems $203.2 18%
Space Systems and Technology $188.4 17%
Air, Missile, and Maritime Defense Technology $181.8 16%
Advanced Technology $137.6 12%
Tactical Systems $115.4 11%
Homeland Protection $78.5 7%
Cybersecurity and Information Sciences $70.9 7%
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems and Technology $65.1 6%
Advanced Research Portfolio $42.6 4%
Air Traffic Control $26.2 2%
Total $1,109 100%
*Lincoln Laboratory’s fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.
**Figures are rounded.