ICTAS: National Security

National Security

GUSS units

GUSS (Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate), a project of CNavS

Thrust Leader: Jon Greene
Program Manager: Chris Tysor

Virginia Tech's history of exploring and offering national security solutions is cemented through the focused initiatives of the ICTAS national security research thrust. While there is a broad range of opportunities for research in this arena, this thrust area focuses on applied autonomy, cognition and communication, energy, cyber security, and advanced weapon systems.

Press Release: Virginia Tech, Navy center sign cooperative research and development agreement

  • CNavS: The first emergence in the ICTAS Homeland Security area is the strategic partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. This led to the creation of the Virginia Tech ICTAS Center for Naval Systems, in support of the core initiative to develop, enable, expand and execute contract research.
    CNavS Minisite  |  More Information

  • The Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology was created to develop a sustainable pipeline of science and technology leaders to meet the needs of the Intelligence Community. Early plans are that the Center will provide US citizens with science and technology degrees, enhance the education of our students through scholarships, mentoring, and meaningful research experiences; and enrich the broader research community through the basic science that is relevant to the IC and push existing boundaries.
    Hume Website  |  More Information

  • Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS)
    Advocating and supporting a broad range of basic and applied interdisciplinary research activities focused on autonomous system technology.
    VaCAS website

  • Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)
    A collaboration among Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland, and Rutgers University, MAAP helps industry and government research, develop, and test unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Selected by the FAA as one of only six authorized UAS test sites in the country, MAAP is dedicated to promoting the safe and efficient integration of UAS into the national airspace.
    MAAP website

Subscribe to our Newsletter

* indicates required

Contact Us

ICTAS (MC 0193)
Kelly Hall, Suite 410, Virginia Tech
325 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-2597