NC State has partnered to improve our nation’s defense and security consistently throughout its history. We bring a demonstrated track record of defense consortia leadership at a local and global level. We enable rapid innovation by bringing together the cutting edge of academia and industry and applying their strengths to defense and security issues. Our military-friendly faculty and students demonstrate their adaptability every day, bringing an eager research mindset to focus on big national security issues.
We are a top workforce provider, through both classroom and hands-on experiential education to mission-relevant problems. We also provide critical education and training to military personnel to further their careers, or as they transition to the private sector.Send Email
Laboratory for Analytic Sciences
The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences is a mission-oriented translational research lab using new technologies to help understand the underlying scientific principles and analytics required to meet the complex and dynamic challenges presented by “Big Data.” Using new techniques and technologies we discover, understand, and enhance critical aspects of intelligence analysis to improve national defense.
NC State has created a Science of Security lablet which emphasizes data-driven discovery and analytics to formulate, validate, evolve, and solidify the theory and practice of security. Driven by the vision of the NSA and the SoS community, this lablet has yielded significant findings including providing a deeper understanding of users' susceptibility to deception, developers' adoption of security tools, how trust between people relates to their commitments.
NC State is a Top-Ten Military Friendly School.
With 3000+ military connected students, NC State is committed to serving this population.
Tank Protection using Steel Foam Armor
Scientists at NC State working with the US Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate have invented Composite Metal Foam. This metal with sponge-like holes in it is lighter than normal metal. It also allows the armor to absorb more energy of a collision with a projectile or another object than normal metal armor.
Garrett Welsh is the recipient of the first Textile Military Scholarship at NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles, made possible through the philanthropy of Col. Bill Kernodle, a two-time textiles alumnus. He graduated in May 2020 with a B.S. in polymer and color chemistry and minors in forensic science and naval science.Read about Garret
Operations Research Graduate Program
Operations Research (OR) is the use of scientific methodology to study systems whose design or operation require human decision making. OR provides the means for making the most effective decisions about systems design and operation.
Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy
Government, private and academic sectors need people skilled in understanding both the science that enables nuclear nonproliferation regimes and the policies that create and support those regimes. NC State's Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy prepares professionals to meet this need.
Monitoring for Nuclear Security
Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Virginia Tech, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, and NC State University provide an overview of several potential anti-neutrino detection applications, including the near-field monitoring of known reactors, far-field monitoring of known reactors and discovery of undeclared reactors, and monitoring of reactor waste streams.
NC State Solves Problems
Our faculty and students engage with real problems, and they find real solutions.
Developing Energy-Harvesting Underwater Vehicles
NC State University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department was awarded approximately $700K as part of a DARPA-funded multi-institution team developing high-efficiency unmanned underwater vehicle technology with marine hydrokinetic energy-harvesting capabilities to enable long missions under high payloads.
How AI Will Help Train the Soldiers of the Future
Researchers at NC State University are working with the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) to develop artificial intelligence (AI) tools that can be used to improve squad training – and save lives.
New Tool Aims to Assist Military Logistics in Evacuating Noncombatants
Researchers from the U.S. Army and North Carolina State University have developed a computational model that can be used to expedite military operations aimed at evacuating noncombatants, disaster response or humanitarian relief as part of an ARO effort.