Politicians try to engineer a better government, but MITRE governs the country's best engineering. A private, not-for-profit organization, MITRE Corporation provides consulting, engineering, and technical research services primarily for agencies of the federal government. It employs more than 7,000 scientists, engineers, and other specialists who work at primary research facilities in Massachusetts and Virginia. It also manages serveral federally funded research and development centers serving organizations such as the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. MITRE was founded in 1958 by former MIT researchers.
MITRE also supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Administrative Office of the US Courts. For the DHS, MITRE provides systems engineering practices and acquisition expertise, while it helps the US Courts with state-of-the-art technology to benefit the federal judicial system. The company has also assisted the Intelligence Community in safeguarding classified information.
In 2011 the company changed the name of The Department of Defense Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Federally Funded Research and Development Center to National Security Engineering Center. It did so to reflect the various work programs -- such as systems engineering, information technology, operational concepts, and enterprise modernization -- it conducts for the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community and their partners.
In addition to primary research facilities in Bedford, Massachusetts and McLean, Virginia, MITRE has international operations in Belgium, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, and the UK.
The company is focusing on supporting the Department of Defense's operations and improving acquisition outcomes, preserving an information advantage, and addressing the government's enterprise IT consolidation. For the Intelligence Community, it has been focusing on helping thwart cyber attacks to the nation's critical infrastructures.
In 2012, MITRE invested $51 million in research and development to advance military and civilian technologies. The investment is designed to provide more equipment and workspaces for the company's engineers and scientists. (Some 65% of its employees have advanced degrees.)
MITRE's revenue from operations increased 6% from $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2010 to about $1.4 billion illion in fiscal year 2011.The increase was primarily driven by the addition of work for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services and the Federal Aviation Administration. – less