ASURE is the off-campus component of ASU’s “Security & Defense Systems Initiative” for conducting higher-TRL applied research and advanced technology development programs, and restricted-access programs that require specialized clearances and facilities.

ASU Research Enterprise (ASURE) is a central part of SDSI’s organizational structure.  Its staff of professional scientists, engineers, and researchers have the needed technical subject matter expertise combined with strong defense-relevant operational cognizance and the appropriate security clearances to work across a wide range of programs in the security and defense area.

ASURE’s higher-TRL research and development mission and restricted-access program capabilities complement our traditional on-campus low-TRL basic research and early-stage applied research programs.  This enables a breadth of research involvement at ASU with government and industry that goes far beyond the limitations of a traditional university research model.

Research by the professional staff in ASURE is integrated with our on-campus research component to the greatest extent possible while maintaining the separation needed to protect restricted and proprietary information. This enables ASURE to reach into the technical depth of our on-campus component to develop innovative solutions that might otherwise be difficult to obtain. The research staff in ASURE can often work in collaborative teams with our on-campus researchers when the nature of the research suggests productive outcomes from such interactions.

ASURE’s role in SDSI enables end-to-end involvement by ASU and its collaboration partners in research and development efforts that span from early conceptual stages to applied research and advanced technology development, and where appropriate to system development and demonstration and even to fielding and sustainment.

ASURE creates an environment that allows government and industry to far more easily access the breadth of technical expertise found in the largest single university in the U.S., and to engage and collaborate with university researchers in a higher-TRL and application-relevant setting than is possible at most other universities.

This organizational structure enables an unprecedented level of partnership between the university, government, and industry in the security and defense area.