To foster technological dominance across the Department of Defense, ensuring the unquestioned superiority of the American joint force.


Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering


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    The DoD Awards $47 Million in Grants Through the NDEP

    The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), is pleased to announce more than $47 million to 15 awardees under the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Biotechnology, and Enhanced Civics Education.

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    Defense Science and Technology Protection Experts Share Acquisition Course Updates in New Webinar

    Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition professionals can now access updates to Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course ACQ 160, “Program Protection Planning Awareness,” through a new recorded webinar released September 27, 2021 that features two Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) science and technology (S&T) protection experts.

Strengthen Innovation

The Department of Defense is working with the Australian Embassy to further strengthen innovation and technology cooperation. Yesterday, USD(R&E) Heidi Shyu met with Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos to continue celebrating ANZUS’s 70th Anniversary and the strong defense S&T relationship between the United States and Australia


Under Secretary Shyu: “I aim to ensure the DoD collaborates more closely with the commercial and defense industries, and the DoD ecosystem of universities, Govt labs, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), and university affiliated research centers (UARCs).”

Solving Tough Problems

Under Secretary Heidi Shyu (left) is working to increase collaboration across the
Department of Defense. Last week, she met with DARPA Director Dr. Stephanie Tompkins. “As a Nation, we can solve incredibly tough problems by working collaboratively towards a common cause.”


Under Secretary Shyu: “The challenges facing the U.S. military are both diverse and complex, including sophisticated cyberattacks, supply chain risks, hypersonic missiles, and bio-threats. We must harness our Nation’s incredible innovation to stay ahead of our adversaries.”

The DDR&E(R&T) “Year in Review” seeks to showcase OUSD (R&E) science and technology (S&T) enterprise’s leading innovation and national security in 2020.

The DDR&E(R&T) is responsible for DoD research and technology portfolios, from basic science to advanced technology development. Our organization ensures that the DoD is postured to develop the next generation of disruptive and emerging technologies and enable the rapid delivery of superior capabilities to the Warfighter.

DDRE(R&T) 2020 Year in Review

DoD Basic Research

The Basic Research provided DoD Basic Research impacts in chemical science to the
the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for their study on enhancing US economy with investments in basic chemical science. The unique role that DoD basic research plays in the national research ecosystem is vital.

Biotech and Material Science

The Department of Defense, through OUSD(R&E), is pleased to announce $15 million in awards to conduct cutting-edge research in Biotech and Material Science at two HBCUs: North Carolina A&T and Morgan State University.

American Council on Education

Recently, the American Council on Education hosted a briefing to help the Department of Defense address concerns of Confucius Institutes with our partners in academia. OUSD(R&E) will be sponsoring a study with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to recommend best practices for foreign-funded institutes at US colleges and universities.

Coronavirus: DoD Response

The Defense Department is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

WHS COVID-19 Guidance:

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