Skip Navigation

Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute

OU Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute, The University of Oklahoma wordmark
Collage of satellite over earth, engineer working in lab, and engineers collaborating in conference room


OADII brings together the full range of the university’s capabilities and resources to provide holistic solutions addressing the aerospace, defense, and global security challenges of today and tomorrow. By uniting the vast resources of a major research university with a network of industry and government partners, OADII advances security, liberty, and prosperity for our state, nation, and world. We are growing in national prominence in four crucial areas:


Radar icon
Radar Innovations:

Through strategic investments over the last two decades, OU has created the nationally recognized Advanced Radar Research Center,which is the largest university-based radar center in the nation. Next-generation radio frequency sensing and communication systems address a range of national security issues. 



Explore Radar Innovations

Graduates in regalia walking on OU campus
Sustainment and Modernization:

Sustaining Department of Defense platforms is key to maintaining the readiness and operational capability of the U.S. military. We develop innovative approaches in additive manufacturing and advanced materials to drive down sustainment cost and improve functionality of legacy platforms by developing modernized software processes and systems.


Explore Sustainment and Modernization

Advanced Technologies:

OU provides deep expertise in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum technology, which are vital to addressing current and emerging national and global security challenges. These game-changing technologies form the basis of the “industries of the future” and provide unique advantages in enabling agile responses to ever-growing threats.


Explore Advanced Technologies

International Security Policy:

Global security challenges demand coherent strategies coupled with actionable policy recommendations. OU generates world-class international security policy research by pairing our excellence in technological research and development with expertise in international security policy, developing holistic 21st century policy solutions. 


Explore International Security Policy

OADII in the News

OADII was launched in support of the Aerospace, Defense, and Global Security initiative through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships at the University of Oklahoma. ADGS is one of four strategic research verticals identified in the university’s strategic plan that applies convergent OU research to significant, real-world challenges.

Learn more at

The University of Oklahoma

OU, as the state’s flagship institution founded in 1890, is focused on societal impact through research and creative activity. OU bridges disparate academic disciplines together to foster creative, comprehensive solutions to global challenges. In our vision for research and creative activity, researchers move beyond and across traditional academic boundaries, collaborating across disciplines and globally with other universities, policymakers, economists, and business leaders to create solutions for a better world. Our goal is to transcend academic disciplines and bring all of OU’s institutional strengths together to tackle global challenges and accelerate the delivery of practical solutions that impact society in direct and tangible ways.