A large amount of the facility was dedicated to weapons and defense research.
In 2373 work was begun on shield technology to resist the Dominion's polaron beam weapons. A shuttle was equipped with the new shields, but it and its crew were captured by the pirate Pol. The shuttle and crew were recovered by members of the USS Lionheart, and the new shields were distributed to the Fleet in time for the Dominion War. ("Risan Holiday")