Our Mission & Vision

ARA is an employee-owned scientific research and engineering company dedicated to solving critical national problems to improve our safety, security and way of life.

Join Our Team

ARA brings together employees with diverse backgrounds and experience to enhance the creativity and innovation of the mission-critical solutions we provide to our customers.

Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems

National Security view all national security capabilities ►



ARA’s next generation route detection system is here and available now. Contact us here for more information on Pathfinder and to schedule a... more


Risk Assessment and Management

ARA provides comprehensive risk assessment services and tools to maximize physical and electronic security, within the government and private... more


Robotics and Unmanned Systems

ARA develops robotic systems for a variety of applications, from performing operations in high-risk areas to reducing the load on soldiers. We... more

Modeling and Simulation

Modeling and Simulation

Physics-based modeling & simulation is one of the core capabilities on which ARA was founded more than 35 years ago. Since then, our M&S... more

Test and Evaluation

Weapons Development, Testing, and Effects

From penetration and detonation underground, to air-blast, to a nuclear attack against U.S. satellites in space, ARA scientists and engineers... more

Making Our World Safer

Infrastructureview all infrastructure capabilities ►

Asset Management

Transportation Asset Management

Asset management is a strategic approach to allocating scarce resources for the preservation, operation, maintenance, and management of... more

Traffic Monitoring

Traffic Monitoring

ARA is improving highway mobility and pavement design through advanced traffic monitoring technologies and enhanced quality of traffic monitoring... more


Highway R&D and Technology Deployment

With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, ARA understands today’s highway transportation engineering challenges and is able to provide... more

Pavement Engineering

Pavement Engineering

ARA provides comprehensive pavement engineering research and consulting services for roadways, airfields, parking areas, and intermodal facilities.... more

Airport Services

Airport Services

ARA supports commercial, general aviation, and military airports worldwide through innovative services and technologies that enhance airport safety/... more

Building the Future

Health Solutions view all health solutions capabilities ►

Applied Cognition

Cognitive Solutions

ARA’s cognitive studies enable us to provide unique solutions to our client’s technical problems. We use behavioral psychology to assess and... more

Bioaerosol and Microbiology

Bioaerosols and Applied Microbiology

ARA is a leader in bioaerosol science research and applied microbiology. Our scientists and engineers are able to develop custom solutions to... more

Dosimetry Modeling

Inhalation and Respiratory Mechanics

ARA health solutions include in-depth research in inhalation and respiratory mechanics. Our scientists and engineers have served clients in multiple... more

Injury Biomechanics

Injury Biomechanics and Protective Design

ARA is the key partner that medical and military communities look to for leading, cost-efficient health and safety solutions. Our innovation and in-... more

Response and Planning Tools

ARA’s expertise in physiological and computational modeling, research, development, and design ensure human aspects of systems respond effectively to... more

Real-World Solutions

Energy and Environmentview all energy and environment capabilities ►

Vertek Geotechnical

Geotechnical Solutions

Vertek, a division of ARA, is the world leader in Cone Penetrometer Testing (CPT) manufacturing, sales, and support of advanced in-situ soil testing... more

Pollution Prevention and Remediation

Perchlorate Treatment Solutions

ARA provides complete solutions to perchlorate contamination problems. ARA developed the world’s first non-combustion commercial treatment system for... more

Alternative Fuels

Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals

ARA has developed supercritical water-based cleanup and conversion technologies for over a decade. ARA’s fuels technologies solve critical problems... more

Advanced Energy Systems

Sustainable, Scalable Energy Technologies

ARA is dedicated to developing sustainable and scalable energy technologies. We continually push beyond the boundaries of typical research and... more


Innovative Training Solutions

In today’s dynamic business environment, motivated and competently trained employees are your competitive edge. ARA can help you achieve this... more

Fueling Innovation & Sustainability