Advanced Weapons Research, also known as the Imperial Weapons Division, or Imperial Advance Weapon Development, was an agency of the Galactic Empire responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. It fell under the arm of the Military Intelligence, although its facilities were guarded by the Intelligence's sister (and rival) agency, the Imperial Security Bureau.
To ensure the secrecy of the Death Star project, the Imperial Weapons Division used poison canisters to perpetrate genocide against the Geonosians. The Ghost Crew and Saw Gerrera discovered several of these canisters on Geonosis during a mission to investigate the disappearance of the Geonosians. Sabine Wren recognized the canisters as belong to the Imperial Weapons Division.
- "Ghosts of Geonosis" (Mentioned only)