Advanced Capability Insertion


Upgrading systems with new technology is the fastest method of meeting the new DOD strategic requirements for operational systems. There are three fundamental reasons for this:

  • Operational systems have proven capabilities in war performance
  • New systems are extraordinarily expensive to develop
  • New systems take a long time to get to the field

Upgrading the capabilities of systems requires an understanding of supportable technologies past, present and future.

Recognizing that a single spearhead was required to globally address the problems of upgrading and supporting these technologies for all Services and all systems, DOD established the Defense Microelectronics Activity as a specially focused government unit. DMEA operates a sophisticated design, prototyping, and testing facility supported by a team of more than a hundred advanced technology specialists. DMEA operates under the authority of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics in the Department of Defense.

An Organization Unlike Any Other

The Defense Microelectronics Activity has the expertise, the tools, and the experience to address the growing problem of complex microelectronics issues.

  • DMEA has strategic vision. We make it a practice to see around corners to plan for technological change.
  • Access to commercial intellectual property is essential, and we have this access. We don’t store parts; we store the processes for making parts.
  • We have a reputation for meeting deadlines and staying within budgets.
  • When parts are unprocurable, DMEA can produce limited quantities of the original parts.
  • Our capability – flexible manufacturing that provides microelectronics support on demand – is simply unmatched.
  • We have expertise in developing microelectronic technologies. We have one-of-a-kind technological capability and highly specialized engineering expertise to design, prototype and test new microelectronic components and systems.

Why Government?

The microelectronic technologies used by weapons systems are the intellectual property of the commercial market. The DOD has a requirement to use these technologies and also fabricate devices on the limited scale required for military uses. To do so requires access to valuable intellectual property.

DMEA has negotiated a series of intellectual property agreements with a number of technology providers that enables these critical requirements to be met. These agreements allow the processes to be reproduced at DMEA’s ARMS facility and are only possible because they are between commercial enterprises and the government.

These agreements enable a new and more efficient support paradigm for military microelectronics – manufacturing on demand. There is no need to store massive inventories any longer. DMEA stores processes, not parts.