Adelphi Lab Center

Mission and Vision St​atement
Mission​: "Provide valuable support services and infrastructure to enable scientific research, development, and the well-being of the workforce."
Vision: "Our Army's highest impact, small installation - a technology projection platform."
       (Source: U.S. Army Adelphi Laboratory Center Website​)

History and General Information​

The U.S. Army Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) was established in 1973 when the former Harry Diamond Laboratories (HDL) moved from its facility in Washington, D.C. to Adelphi, Maryland. ALC continued HDL's research on electronic fuzing for projectiles, fluidics, and nuclear weapons effects technologies.1 ALC is primarily located in Montgomery County, but also extends into Prince George's County and is situated approximately 10 miles north of Washington, D.C. ALC's location within the Washington Metropolitan Area provides it with access to universities, research libraries, and three major airports. ALC is a sub-installation under the command of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Harford County, Maryland.

ALC significantly expanded when activities were transferred to the facility during the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) was activated at ALC in 1992 and served to consolidate the seven corporate labs of the Laboratory Command (LABCOM) with other Army research elements to create a central laboratory specifically focused on scientific research, technology development, and analysis.2 ARL is the primary tenant at ALC and the Army's world class applied research laboratory for combat materiel, battlefield protection, and combat efficiency. The tenant's work in the advanced science and technology fields, including extramural basic research, mobility and logistics, power and energy, simulation, and training technology,3 provides key innovation and analytical support to ensure the Army's success in current and future conflicts.

In 2002, ARL re-aligned as an element of the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM). RDECOM transitioned to the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) in 2019 as part of the Army Futures Command. This migration continues the Army's efforts to modernize its critical core capabilities, support scientific research, and expand its network of international and domestic academic and industry partners in pursuit of world-class technology.

A complete history of the ARL and its work with the ALC can be found in their 2017 publication, History of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, a celebration of the transformational research completed by thousands of scientists and engineers at ARL furthering the capabilities of the nation's uniformed services.

In addition to the ARL and other tenants noted below, ALC manages operations at Blossom Point Research Facility in Charles County, Maryland.

Major Tenants and Commands


Compatible Use Organizations, Programs, and Resources

For more information on how ALC works with surrounding communities to build strong and mutually beneficial relationships, you can explore compatible use organizations, programs, and resources.

Community Resources to Promote Compatibility

Military installations and their host communities have strong and mutually beneficial relationships. They rely on and support one another in terms of jobs, housing, schools, recreation, infrastructure, and social services. Communication, coordination, and partnerships that support compatible community development can create mutually beneficial results to ensure support for warfighters and their families, military operations, and continued community growth and economic development.


Local Comprehensive Planning


Counties and municipalities develop comprehensive plans to provide a long-term vision for their future growth and development. Comprehensive plans typically include maps showing proposed future land uses and anticipated transportation and community facilities, and emphasize sustainability, as well as protection of environmental features, and historical and cultural resources.

The following are the links to comprehensive plans in the area immediately surrounding Adelphi Laboratory Center:

  • Prince George's County 2035 General Plan (2014)
    • Plan 2035 recognizes Joint Base Andrews and other federal government entities (such as ALC) as part of one of the targeted industry clusters that have the highest concentrations of economic activity in the county. The Plan encourages strategies that improve transportation access and connectivity, new business development in support of federal facilities, and continued investment.
  • Montgomery County: White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan (2014)
    • The Master Plan only discusses ALC from a historical development standpoint; however, it does recommend transportation facility enhancements along New Hampshire Ave (MD 650) and Powder Mill Road (MD 212) near the facility. It also recommends park and open space development in the FDA White Oak Campus, which is known as the Federal Research Center (FRC) located to the immediate northwest of ALC. The Master Plan recommends designating approximately 130 acres of forest through the FRC as a Legacy Open Space Natural Resource site.


Economic Resources to Promote Compatibility

A jurisdiction's economic development office and support organizations offer a variety of resources that help the community seek out economic growth opportunities and strengthen existing businesses. These resources are particularly valuable for defense communities who are continually looking for ways to attract new business, retain a skilled workforce, and provide resources and opportunities for military families relocating to the area.

Adelphi Laboratory Center Workforce and Economic Impact


Workforce and economic impact data for the ALC is not available, as ALC is a subinstallation of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). In the FY 2021 Economic Impact Analysis of Maryland's Military Installations​, prepared by the Maryland Department of Commerce, the impact of ALC was incorporated into the APG data. Visit the APG installation page to learn more​

Army Alliance, Inc.


Army Alliance, Inc. was founded in 1999 as a non-profit organization. Its objective is to support the programs and organizations of APG, which includes Army Futures Command, of which ALC is a component. This includes enhancing and maintaining the region's economic vitality. The Army Alliance overview includes an organization description, purpose, significant past achievements, and current initiatives.

The Army Alliance, in partnership with the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC), created a resource booklet on how to do business with APG, ALC, its six Centers of Excellence, and 90+ tenant organizations. Alphabet Suit includes explanations of military and government acronyms, organizational names, terminology, and general guidance on visiting the installation.

A YouTube video series called The ABCs of APG – Intro to APG is in progress. The Army Alliance is developing an informational video series to explain the missions and programs of APG, while also providing history and other background information.

County Economic Development Offices


Prince George's County Economic Development Office works to strengthen business development throughout the county and offers a variety of programs and services to foster business retention, growth, and new investment for businesses of all sizes. To foster regional economic stability and growth, the staff partner with many organizations, including ALC, the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center, and the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation (PGEDC).

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), established by Montgomery Council Bill 25-15, works to strengthen business development throughout the county and offers a variety of programs and services to foster business retention, growth, and new investment for businesses of all sizes. The office partners with many organizations to foster economic stability, attract and retain a highly educated and experienced workforce to provide businesses with the talent they need to grow, and information on federal agencies in the area for contracting opportunities; including NSA Bethesda and its tenant organizations. The corporation partners with the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Department of Commerce, and the Small Business Development Center.

MCEDC adopted an Economic Development Strategic Plan in April 2022, which presents a unified vision for economic development in the county and includes target metrics and strategies to increase business activity. The plan acknowledges life sciences and advanced technology as economic drivers and prioritizes recommendations to aggressively recruit and retain talent and utilize public-private partnerships with the county's existing research assets, such as ALC.

The Economic Development team in Montgomery County's Division of Fiscal Management also sponsors and oversees a variety of programs to help the business community grow and bring new businesses to the county. These programs include the Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), Cybersecurity Supplement Program (CSP), and the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Matching Grant Program. More information on these and other programs is available on the Department of Finance's website.


Office of Small Business Programs U.S. Army Adelphi Laboratory Center


The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory Office of Small Business Program is an industry champion for empowering small businesses with opportunities to provide scientific discovery and innovation addressing the Army's strategic technological challenges.

Regional Transportation Organization


The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region, playing an important role as the forum for regional transportation planning. With participation from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia departments of transportation and the region's local governments, the TPB prepares intermediate-range and long-range plans and programs that permit federal transportation funds to flow to the metropolitan Washington region. The TPB also works to advance safety, coordinate land use, and inform the work of decision makers. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments hosts and staffs the TPB.

The TPB adopts a four-year financial Transportation Improvement Program, which describes the planned schedule for distributing federal, state, and local funds for state and local transportation projects within the region.


Adelphi Laboratory Center (Federal Facility). Maryland Department of the Environment.
U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL). Maryland Defense Agency Directory. Maryland Department of Commerce.
3 Ibid.

​4 FY 2016 Economic Impact Analysis of Maryland's Military Installations Prepared for Maryland Department of Commerce. Regional Economic Studies Institute Towson University. FY 2016 Economic Impact Analysis of Maryland's Military Installations.​
5 Ibid.​

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