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OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING

PROVIDING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP THROUGHOUT THE DOD TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF TODAY AND TOMORROW

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MISSION

Our mission as Chief Technology Officer was very clearly defined, to foster technological dominance across the Department of Defense and ensure the advantage of the American warfighter.

- Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Leadership

Dr. Michael D. Griffin

Dr. Michael D. Griffin is the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. He is the Department's Chief Technology Officer, and is responsible for the research, development, and prototyping activities across the DoD enterprise and is mandated with ensuring technological superiority for the Department of Defense. He oversees the activities of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Innovation Unit, the DoD Laboratory enterprise, and the Under Secretariate staff focused on developing advanced technology and capability for the U.S. military.

Dr. Lisa Porter

Dr. Lisa Porter is the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (DUSD(R&E)), and with the USD(R&E), is responsible for the research, development, and prototyping activities across the DoD enterprise. In addition, the USD and DUSD oversee the activities of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the DoD Laboratory and Engineering Center enterprise, and the Under Secretariat staff focused on developing advanced technology and capability for the U.S. military.

Mr. James Faist

Mr. James "Jim" A. Faist is the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities, reporting directly to the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Jim directs an organization whose mission is to recognize, explore, and accelerate the development and integration of new technology to maintain U.S. technological superiority.

Vice Admiral Jon A. Hill

In June 2019, Vice Adm. Jon Hill became the 11th director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). In this capacity, he oversees the MDA's global mission to develop, deliver, and sustain layered capabilities to defend deployed forces, the United States, allies and friends against ballistic missile attacks in all phases of flight.

Vice Admiral Jon A. Hill

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:

For guidance specific to the Pentagon Reservation and DOD offices and facilities in the National Capital Region, please continue to the Washington Headquarters Services webpage.

Updates from Across the R&E Enterprise

McAleese 11th Annual Defense Programs Conference
March 4, 2020

The Honorable Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, delivered remarks to Defense officials and industry experts at the McAleese 11th Annual Defense Programs Conference on 4 March.

Department of Defense Press Briefing on Hypersonics
March 2, 2020 - DoD News Release

Mark Lewis, director of defense research and engineering for modernization, and Mike White, the assistant director of defense research and engineering for modernization, will discuss hypersonics during a news conference at the Pentagon.

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    DOD, USAF Warfare Center to Build a 5G Network, Test Prototype Software at Nellis

    May 28, 2020 - DoD News Release


    The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) and the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center (USAFWC) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada have teamed to build a fifth-generation (5G) cellular network on Nellis as part of DOD's development of 5G for both defense and civilian uses.

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    DoD 5G Strategy

    May 20, 2020 - DoD Release


    Fifth-generation wireless communications technologies (5G) currently in development promise orders of magnitude improvements in multiple areas, including speed, connectivity, and reduced latency. The deployment of 5G capabilities will also be far more disruptive than those of prior generations, with transformative effects that extend beyond telecommunications. 

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    Danger to GPS Due to FCC Licensing Ruling

    May 8, 2020 - By David Vergun, DoD News


    DOD Chief Information Officer Dana S. Deasy; Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael D. Griffin; Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, chief of space operations and commander of U.S. Space Command; and retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen spoke at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on DOD spectrum policy and the impact of the FCC's Ligado Networks decision on national security.

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    DOD Invests $3.6 Million for the DEPSCoR Competition Winners

    May 1, 2020 - DoD Press Release


    The Department of Defense has selected six collaborative teams as winners of the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) competition. Each team will receive up to $600,000 over a three-year period of performance to pursue science and engineering research in areas relevant to DOD initiatives supporting the National Defense Strategy.

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    Defense Department Invests Additional $47 Million in High Energy Laser Scaling Initiative

    April 27, 2020 - DoD Press Release


    On April 10, 2020, the Department of Defense selected General Atomics as a third prime contractor to join previously selected prime contractors Lockheed Martin, and nLight/Nutronics in building high energy lasers for the High Energy Laser Scaling Initiative (HELSI). Each developer will produce a 300 kW class high energy laser (HEL) source prototype with an architecture scalable to 500 kW or beyond, using a unique technology approach. The focus is on common, multi-Service/Agency needs for HEL (high energy laser) improvements.

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    Advancing Solid Fuel Ramjet Technologies

    April 20, 2020 - DoD News Release


    The U.S. Department of Defense and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence announced their intent to continue a bilateral effort to explore advanced solid fuel ramjet technologies. The Tactical High-speed Offensive Ramjet for Extended Range, or THOR-ER, is an Allied Prototyping Initiative (API) effort under the Directorate for Advanced Capabilities within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

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    Newton Award Funding Opportunity for Transformative Ideas

    April 16, 2020 - DoD News Release


    The Basic Research Office in the U.S. Department of Defense announces the Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This award opportunity is available at grants.gov and proposals are due on May 15, 2020.

The Official account for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E), the Department of Defense's Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

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