About Alion

Alion History

In 1936, the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) established the not-for-profit IIT Research Institute (IITRI) with the goal of testing and developing new, beneficial technologies.

On December 20, 2002, approximately 1600 employees of IITRI purchased a majority of the organization's assets, founding Alion Science and Technology and retaining the rich heritage of innovation and exploration that had characterized the company since its inception.

Alion continues to draw on these successes, giving our employees the inspiration to continue seeking new technological and scientific solutions to problems both great and small.



  • IITRI established, Chicago, IL


  • Constructed "Snow Cruiser" for Admiral Richard E. Byrd's third Antarctic expedition


  • Golf Ball velocity tester created in order to establish uniform golf ball standards


  • Developed thermal coatings for NASA. Today, 7,000 square feet of lab space is dedicated to developing and applying coatings to satellites and other space vehicles


  • Washington, DC office opened to focus on support to the federal government


  • Army Tactical Frequency Engineering System, one of the first generation Battlefield Spectrum Management Systems, developed


  • Human Factors Applications, Inc. (HFA) acquired, expanding capabilities in the remediation and handling of explosive materials. HFA is a wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Alion


  • Assets of AB Tech acquired, increasing our DoD operational support and modeling and simulation capabilities


  • Employees of IITRI invest in the organization and become the for-profit, employee-owned company, Alion Science and Technology Corporation


  • First Mobile Parts Hospital deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; two additional units deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005


  • Innovative Technology Solutions Corp. acquired, establishing a new service area in nuclear and conventional power solutions
  • Identix Public Sector Inc. acquired, building additional strength in support of the U.S. Navy; also adds construction management capability
  • Assets of CounterMeasures Inc. acquired, expanding Alion’s vulnerability and assessment capabilities


  • Carmel Applied Technologies, Inc. acquired, increasing modeling and simulation capabilities
  • ManTech Environmental Technology, Inc. acquired, adding to environmental sciences capabilities
  • John J. McMullen Associates Inc. acquired, greatly expanding Alion's presence with the U.S. Navy and bringing maritime engineering capabilities to both military and commercial clients


  • BMH Associates Inc. acquired, further enhancing Alion's modeling and simulation capabilites
  • Washington Consulting, Inc. acquired, bringing greatly expanded, high-level business process re-engineering and enterprise IT resources to the company. WCI is a wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Alion
  • Micro Analysis & Design acquired, adding human factor engineering and expanding Alion’s advanced modeling and simulation capabilities
  • Assets of Anteon’s Program Management and Engineering Services acquired, expanding Alion’s Air Force and Navy programs
  • Selected by DoD to operate the Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Testing Information Analysis Center (AMMTIAC)


  • Awarded three contracts by the Navy Warfare Development Command for technical support services for JSAF, non-JSAF-related modeling and simulation work and networking and system administration support
  • Assets of LogCon Group, Inc. acquired, enhancing Alion's logistics and RFID capabilities
  • Marked five-year anniversary as an ESOP, topping the list of 100 Percent Employee-Owned Technology Services Providers


  • Awarded contract to provide total lifecycle systems management for DoD Logistics, Maintenance and Supply Support activities for the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force
  • Selected by Marine Corps to design, build, install and test a new Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle bow flap prototype
  • Selected to manage the design and acquisition of CG(X), the Navy’s next-generation Guided Missile Cruiser
  • Released Version 3.0 of Micro Saint® Sharp, Alion’s interactive workflow simulation and optimization software
  • Awarded Army “Manufacturing Process Technologies for Military Equipment Replacement on Demand” contract to develop just-in-time solutions for military vehicle, aircraft and equipment parts and systems
  • Developed Electronic Collaboration Capabilities (eC2) framework to bring mobile, networked training to the Apple® iPhone®, iPod® touch and Blackberry® Storm®


  • Awarded Navy contract to support all phases for development of next generation surface and undersea vessels
  • Awarded GSA's "Alliant" contract to provide enterprise IT support to the federal government
  • Awarded contract by Chief of Navy Information Office to support global media and community relations
  • Awarded Navy contract to develop and test automated torpedo detection system
  • Implemented "serious games" designed to train military personnel using 3D video game technology. "Damage Control Trainer" system (developed with Raytheon BBN Technologies) awarded Best Business Entry at the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge at I/ITSEC 2009


  • Awarded DoD's SNIM (Software, Networks, Information Technology, Modeling & Simulation) contract valued at up to $2B
  • Delivered Cab Technology Integration Lab to Federal Railroad Administration, a portable train cab simulator that measures human responses to realistic environments, with the goal of making rail transportation safer
  • Enters DHS Mentor-Protege program with small business Cole Engineering


  • Awarded task order to support U.S. Navy with Weapon Systems Program Management and Acquisition
  • Awarded Contract to Support Acquisition, Production and Service Life Extension of Navy's Amphibious Warfare Ship
  • Member of team awarded $8B contract under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)


  • Named an Awardee of DISA Test and Evaluation Multiple Award Contract with Potential Value of up to $870M
  • Awarded Contract to Support Navy’s “Team Submarine” 
  • Awarded Navy Contract  to Support NAVSEA Programs for Maintenance and Modernization of 185 Surface Warfare Ships 
  • Protective Coating Used in First SpaceX Flight to International Space Station 
  • Awarded Basic Ordering Agreement under Army EAGLE Program Valued at $23B for All Awardees
  • Awarded Navy Warfare Development Command Contract to Enhance Training Systems


  • Awarded Contract to Provide Acquisition Expertise to Air Force
  • Awarded Contract to Support Navy's Command Operational Test and Evaluation Force
  • Awarded Army Task Order to Support Rapid Equipping Force in Meeting Urgent Operational Energy Requirements


  • Named an Awardee of DoD's DS TATs Multiple Award Contract valued at up to $3B
  • Named an Awardee of DTRA's Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Contract Valued at up to $4B


  • Named an Awardee of Naval Surface Warfare Center R&D Contract for ISR Support valued at up to $49M
  • Awarded Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Contract to Support Maintenance and Modernization of Non-nuclear Surface Ships, valued at up to $192 million


  • Awarded $145M Contract to Support Navy's DDG 51 Shipbuilding Program
  • Awarded $71M Army Contract to Support Service Life Extension Programs for Landing Craft Utility 2000
  • Named an Awardee of $137M Multiple Award Contract to Support Defense Spectrum Office