Top 20 Defense Technology Companies - 2019

The rapid advancements in technology have changed the defense landscape. The onset of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics have become extremely important for defense organizations as they have the potential to turn large amounts of data into actionable information. Decision makers should be able to make use of the data that is available, analyze, and share this information. Working with the various stakeholders in the industry, such as governmental organizations, academia, and several others will enable the defense sector to tap into new skill sets and embrace innovative ideas.

As data analytics and big data is revolutionizing every industry leaving no stone unturned, the shift from descriptive to predictive analysis has paved the way for better decision making capability. By unlocking insights from data, organizations can deter threats as well as eliminate them by notifying the risks in prior. AI is becoming extremely crucial for defense, both in planning and operations. Unmanned vehicles are gathering more and more intelligence, and mission systems have become more autonomous in air, ground, sea, and space.

Other developments in the defense domain include research and advancements in the spaces of cognitive electronic warfare, drone swarms, detection and signal processing in sensors, and spectrum allocation for radar equipment in the congested radio frequency spectrum. Another promising technology that will focus on the production of defense parts at lower costs in remote locations is 3D printing. There is a considerable possibility of 3D printing being utilized as a means to reduce expenses replacing traditional manufacturing or fabrication methods to develop military equipment.

In the light of upcoming technological advancements, defense firms are investing in the development of new generation electric submarines with high endurance capability. This technology will enable submarines to generate power without the need for surfacing to recharge their batteries. There will also be acceleration in the development of counter-unmanned air systems as well as unmanned underwater vehicles as they pose great disruptive potential as patrolling and weapon systems. 

As modernization occurs rapidly across all walks of the defense sector, organizations are taking into account the strict cybersecurity requirements along with the need for integrated solutions that can provide a single platform for information access among the various stakeholders. Organizations are emphasizing on digitizing and automating the various functionalities to bring agility into the different processes to cater to user demands.

As the future for defense sector looks deeply entwined with technology, it is imperative that organizations invest in the right provider that not just suit their specific needs but also understand the dynamics of the tech world. Keeping that in mind, CIOReview has charted out top players offering tailor-made and efficient defense technology solutions. The companies featured here provide robust solutions coupled with innovative strategies that can bolster national security efforts.

We present to you “20 Most Promising Defense Tech Solution Providers - 2019.”

Top Defense Technology Companies

Citadel builds an automated and modular drone defense solution that uses proprietary machine learning algorithms to detect and engage unwanted drones. The company specializes in development and deployment of drone protection solutions for military, government, and commercial applications. Citadel is dedicated to creating lasting value for their partners, their shareholders, their employees and their communities. Citadel operates with integrity, focus, commitment, respect, and fun. The company invents and invests to bring the best solutions to market that meet what the customers need

Decision Sciences brings together cutting-edge science development, systems integration and manufacturing to provide advanced security and contraband detection systems. The company’s multi-mode passive detection system (MMPDS) technology is fully capable of passively detecting contraband anomalies within cargos. This technology leverages muon tomography methodology to efficiently visualize the materials within a cargo in 3-D as opposed to 2-D X-ray images, enabling end users to focus on areas of interest and assess the contents of the cargo for various threats. The MMPDS delivers the 3-D view of the cargo in color, allowing users to effectively distinguish different materials

GDIT pioneers in helping defense, homeland security, and intelligence agencies getaccustomed with the ever-changing and challenging world. The company utilizes AI for a top-of-the-line experience, with machine learning and data analytics powering their game. Preventing tax frauds and identifying threats is some of the most innovative and talented minds that drive GDIT’s cyberthreat detection. NetOwl, a text-analyzing suite of tools with NLP to counter-terrorism and securing borders, helps with information extraction for critical security purposes

Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company with worldwide interests. It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995, and Loral Federal Systems in 1996. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company also invests in healthcare systems, renewable energy systems, intelligent energy distribution and compact nuclear fusion

908 Devices

908 Devices

As a manufacturer of purpose-built and user-centric devices, 908 Devices, is democratizing chemical analysis by way of mass spectrometry, offering point-of-need chemical analysis devices ranging from rugged, handheld chemical detection tools to compact, tiny footprint analyzers and fast separation devices. The devices serve a range of industries including safety and security, oil & gas, life sciences and other applied markets. 908 Devices research, design and manufacture innovative products based on High Pressure Mass Spectrometry

AeroVironment

AeroVironment

AeroVironment is a technology company at the intersection of drones, robotics, sensors, and software. Since AeroVironment's beginnings more than 45 years ago, their scientists and engineers have sought innovative solutions to many of the most difficult security, energy, and infrastructure management challenges. Today, AeroVironment has become the acknowledged supplier of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the Pentagon and to dozens of allied nations. AeroVironment's family of integrated and interoperable UAS also gives law enforcement personnel and first responders the ability to see and assess the situation ahead. While AeroVironment's information solutions will significantly change the way, farmers and energy providers monitor and manage their assets

Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology delivers advanced engineering, IT, and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results. For customers in defense, civilian government and commercial industries, Alion’s engineered solutions support smarter decision-making and enhanced readiness in rapidly-changing environments. Alion brings expertise and experience to multiple business areas: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Systems Analysis, Design, and Engineering; and Modeling, Simulation, Training and Analysis. Building on 80 years of innovation, Alion turns obstacles into opportunities to help customers achieve their missions

Applied Insight

Applied Insight

Supporting the Federal Government with the most definite mission focus, Applied Insight’s solutions empower people to collaborate more effectively in delivering services vital to the nation. Their unique approach to information technology considers people first. The enterprise makes it their job to understand the customer’s mission and the user’s reality right from the start, combining technology and process to deliver what customers need to succeed – from adaptation to innovation – drawing on the long experience of supporting the US Defense, Intelligence and Federal Civilian communities

Applied Research Associates

Applied Research Associates

Applied Research Associates (ARA) is the company that government and industry turn to for innovative technologies and solutions to problems that improve the safety, security, and way of life. ARA is an international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically excellent solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We provide in-depth and diversified research, engineering, and technical support services. ARA’s principles contain technical excellence, responsiveness, effective communication, client confidentiality, strong fiscal, and schedule control

Artel

Artel

Artel offers mission-critical communications services around the world, with a complete portfolio of satellite and terrestrial network communications and infrastructure, cybersecurity, risk management, and IT solutions. Since 1986, Artel has partnered with government and industry leaders through a wide variety of contract vehicles, enabling customers to maintain privacy while operating effectively, affordably, and without interruption. Artel delivers protection and customization that safeguards content access and delivery across multiple networks and IT infrastructures—in every domain and environment

Ascent Vision Technologies

Ascent Vision Technologies

Ascent Vision is a technology company specializing in precision technologies for the manned and unmanned aerospace industry. In particular, Ascent manufactures and distributes UAV Vision Gimbal Systems throughout America and Africa. The enterprise also designs and manufactures UAV platforms, proprietary software programs, and aircraft integration mounts for the full line of UAV Vision gimbals. In addition to aerial applications, Ascent pursues the integration of its systems into ground-based platforms, maritime vehicles, and other platforms benefiting from Gyro Stabilized camera systems

Bandura Cyber

Bandura Cyber

Bandura delivers threat intelligence automation and control needed for companies of all sizes to block threats at massive scale. Bandura Cyber developed, the Threat Intelligence Gateway (TIG), which helps combat cyber threats in enterprise and government networks by delivering innovative network security solutions. TIG in-line IP filter security appliance is the global leading geo-IP location and IP threat filter appliance, reducing the attack surface at networks throughout the world. Originally developed for the U.S. Military, the TIG is both powerful and easy-to-use, enabling network administrators to maintain complete visibility and control over ingress and egress traffic

CACI International

CACI International

CACI provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is a member of the Fortune 1000 Largest Companies, the Russell 2000 Index, and the S&P MidCap 400 Index. CACI’s sustained commitment to ethics and integrity defines its corporate culture and drives its success. With approximately 20,000 employees worldwide, CACI provides dynamic career opportunities for military veterans and industry professionals to support the nation’s most critical missions

Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corporation, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018, by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. From the smallest details to the highest pursuits, the enterprise is redefining aerospace. With their customers, Collins Aerospace relentlessly tackles the toughest challenges in the industry

Crestwood Technology Group

Crestwood Technology Group

CTG (Crestwood Technology Group) provides supply chain solutions designed to keep fleets and systems operational, ready, and safe. The enterprise is a chief supplier of parts, material and obsolescence management solutions to many of the world's largest airlines, MRO's and aircraft manufacturers, as well as the Department of Defense and its contractors. CTG maintains one of the largest on-site inventories of parts for fixed-wing, rotorcraft, power plant, and ground-support equipment. The enterprise specializes in expendables, rotables, and consumables sourcing, kitting and tooling, inventory management and AOG services

Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major businesses, Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), Cubic Global Defense (CGD), and Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS). CTS is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions worldwide. CGD is a provider of realistic combat training systems, secure communications and networking and highly specialized support services for military and security forces of the U.S. and allied nations. CMS provides networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for defense, intelligence, security, and commercial missions. All three of the businesses provide innovative technologies and an integrated approach to systems and services for government and commercial customers around the globe. The integration ensures their customers receive streamlined operations and strategy, cost-efficiency, and speed to market

Dynetics

Dynetics

Dynetics provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific, and IT solutions to the national security, cybersecurity, satellite, launch, automotive and critical infrastructure sectors. The enterprise’s portfolio features highly specialized technical services and a range of software and hardware products, including components, subsystems, and complex end-to-end systems. Dynetics’s mission is to deliver superior-quality, high-technology products, and services ethically, responsively, and cost-effectively. All Dynetics employees make a commitment to continuing the legacy, united by the drive to provide cutting-edge capabilities for their customers

Echodyne

Echodyne

Echodyne makes compact solid-state beam-steering radar sensors for a range of existing and new applications for industry and government. The enterprise’s high-performance radars are reliable in all lighting, weather conditions, and physical environments. Echodyne combines patented Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) technology and Acuity intelligent radar software to achieve maximum radar performance at commercial price points, often pennies on the dollar for comparable capabilities. Echodyne offers its radars to the Automotive, Perimeter and Border Security, Security Integrator, Airspace Management, UAS Service Suppliers (USS), and commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industries

Kratos Defense

Kratos Defense

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms, and systems for United States National Security related customers, allies, and commercial enterprises. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technology for these industries are rapidly brought to market through proven commercial and venture capital-backed approaches, including proactive research and streamlined development processes. Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cybersecurity/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, and combat systems

Moog

Moog

An aviation and aerospace enterprise, Moog with its motion control technology enhances performance in a variety of markets and applications, from commercial aircraft cockpits to power-generation turbines, to Formula One racing, to medical infusion systems. Moog’s culture supports talented people, allowing them to approach their work with energy, enthusiasm, and the promise of success. The enterprise specializes in servo valve, aircraft, control, simulation, defense, industrial, motion, systems, hydraulics, actuation, and engineering jobs. Moog works on some of the most exciting technical projects, creating products that challenge the limits of what’s possible, from cutting-edge medical technology to space vehicles