Applied Research Associates is an engineering and research firm that works to solve complex weapons, security, environmental, transportation and readiness problems. The company provides science research, technical support services, specialty products and integrated solutions. It has expertise in advanced energy systems, pollution remediation, robotics, modeling and simulation. ARA s homeland security capabilities include threat and vulnerability assessment, disaster management, evacuation planning and design optimization. The company offers pavement engineering, traffic monitoring, transportation system security and airport services. It also performs wind certification and geotechnical site characterization services. Applied Research Associates is an employee-owned business that was established in 1979. The firm is headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M., and maintains one of its additional locations at Kirtland Air Force Base.