DOGLA falls under the NASA Aeronautical Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), which in 2014 announced six research thrusts. DOGLA applies to several of these thrusts. First, DOGLA directly contributes to the "assured autonomy for aviation transformation" thrust by allowing an automatic system to alleviate gust loading without impacting performance of the primary flight control system. The proposed innovation also supports the "real-time, system-wide safety assurance" and "ultra-efficient commercial vehicles" research thrusts. In terms of specific ARMD programs, DOGLA applies to: 1) the Fundamental Aeronautics Program wherein DOGLA provides an advanced technology to improve performance of current and future air vehicles; 2) Aviation Safety Program wherein the technology supports assurance of flight critical systems and assurance of safe and effective aircraft control under hazardous conditions; and 3) the Aeronautics Test Program wherein the technology can enhance test operations of new, novel technology demonstrators including the NASA Global Hawk HALE and the X-56A.
DOGLA has application to the worldwide aircraft manufacturing industry of both manned and unmanned aircraft, with focus on HALE aircraft. Current DoD programs that will benefit from DOGLA include the Boeing Phantom Eye and the DARPA Vulture, which are for long endurance advanced ISR, driven by current US military combat conditions. In the commercial market, HALE vehicles are garnering interest as communications relay systems. Both Google and Facebook are pursuing HALE technology to provide internet access to remote areas. Google and Facebook have recently purchased Titan Aerospace and Ascenta respectively, who have been developing solar powered HALE UAS for this purpose. Other companies that specialize in HALE aircraft that would benefit from DOGLA include Aurora Flight Sciences (Perseus and Theseus aircraft) and Solar Flight (Sunseeker and SUNSTAR solar powered aircraft). DOGLA has application to non-HALE flexible aircraft as well, and this includes airliners developed by both Boeing and Airbus.