The Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NS CTA) is a collaborative research alliance between the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), other government researchers, and a Consortium of 17 university and industry research organizations. The Alliance unites research across organizations, technical disciplines, and research areas to address the critical technical challenges posed by the complex web of interacting networks within which the Army mission must be performed. Its purpose is to perform foundational cross-disciplinary research in network science, resulting in greatly enhanced soldier performance and in greatly enhanced speed and precision for complex military operations.

The Alliance conducts interdisciplinary research in network science and transitions the results of this research to benefit network-embedded military operations. Network science is the study of the properties, models, and theories that apply to many varieties of networks, the understanding of how different genres of networks dynamically interact and co-evolve, and the use of this understanding in the analysis, prediction, design, and control of many varieties and systems of networks. The NS CTA research program exploits intellectual synergies across network science by uniting parallel fundamental (6.1) and applied (6.2) research across the disciplines of social/cognitive, information, and communication network research. It drives the synergistic combination of these technical areas in support of missions required of today’s military forces, including humanitarian support, peacekeeping, and combat. It also supports and stimulates dual-use applications of this research and technology to benefit commercial use. To support this ambitious research program, the Alliance has created shared, distributed, experimental resources throughout the Alliance as well as a distributed network science research facility, led from the ARL Network Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) in the ARL Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC), MD.