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Office of the
Under Secretary of Defense
for Research and Engineering

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.

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.

Dr. Milan Nikolich

Dr. Milan “Mitch” Nikolich is the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology and serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering on all of the Department’s research and technology investments.

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

Dr. Steven H. Walker

Dr. Steven H. Walker was appointed director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on November 13, 2017. He served as the deputy director of the agency from October 2012 to December 2016, and as acting director from January 2017 through October 2017.

Dr. Steven Walker

USD(R&E) NEWS

DOD Issues Special Notice Seeking Input From Industry on 5G Technology Development

December 2, 2019 - DoD Release


The Department of Defense issued a special notice Friday, Nov. 29, calling for industry input on 5G technology development. The notice titled "Intent to Announce - Request for Prototype Proposals (RPPs) for Smart Warehouse and Asset Management and 5G Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS)" is posted at https://beta.sam.gov/opp/b4d8864127c7447fae9bcb5fb2932b06/view.

 

DOD Awards $48.9 Million to Universities for Major Research Equipment

November 20, 2019 - DoD Release


Continuing its long history of successful collaboration with the scientific community, the Department of Defense announced awards to 172 university researchers totaling nearly $49 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. These grants will benefit 91 institutions across 40 states in fiscal year 2020.

 

DOD Announces SMART Scholarship Awards for 2019

November 19, 2019 - DoD Release


The Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship-for-Service Program awarded 298 scholarships to students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs across the United States this year.

 

DOD Names First Bases to Host Initial 5G Testing and Experimentation

October 31, 2019 - DoD Release


The Department of Defense has selected Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Naval Base San Diego, California; and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia as the first U.S. military installations to host testing and experimentation for 5G technology.

 

DoD 5G Opportunities

Space Development Agency Director Announced

October 28, 2019 - DoD Release


The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced the selection of Dr. Derek Tournear as the first permanent director of the Space Development Agency.

 

Draft Request for Proposals for 5G Technology

October 23, 2019 - DoD Release


The Department of Defense today announced that in November it will issue a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) focused on large-scale experimentation and prototyping of 5G technologies. The draft RFP will include a description of four U.S. military installations where initial 5G experimentation will take place and will give industry an opportunity to provide feedback before the final RFP is issued.

 

Fiscal Year 2019 Research Equipment Awards to Minority-Serving Institutions

October 23, 2019 - DoD Release


The Department of Defense has awarded $23.2 million to 59 minority-serving institutions as part of the fiscal year 2019 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions Research and Education Program. The awards range from $122,786 to $600,000 and support the acquisition of research equipment at 24 HBCUs, 34 MSIs and one Tribal College.

 

Strategic Manufacturing Capability for Radiation-Hardened Microelectronics

October 11, 2019 - DoD News Release


Arlington, VA – The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a contract to Skywater Technology Foundry to develop a new fabrication process for radiation-hardened (rad-hard) microelectronics.

Assume Networks Are Compromised, DOD Official Urges

September 24, 2019 - By C. Todd Lopez


Cybersecurity requires more than just building a barrier around the network. No matter how secure a computer network or the environment it's used in may seem to be, users should just assume it's compromised, said Dr. Lisa Porter, the deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. Now, she said, cyber professionals are thinking about "zero-trust architecture," which assumes that no one who uses the network can be trusted.

 

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Announcement of the 2019-2020 Cohort of the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellows

August 26, 2019 - DoD Release


The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 cohort of the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellows. This year, over 110 applicants from 70 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award. The dissertations chosen for the Peace Scholar Fellowship show the greatest potential to advance peacebuilding and security fields, and the strongest likelihood to affect policy and practice.

 

DOD Conducts Ground Launch Cruise Missile Test

August 19, 2019 - DoD Release


On Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the Department of Defense conducted a flight test of a conventionally-configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense's development of future intermediate-range capabilities. Click here to watch video of missile launch.

Eye In the Sky: DOD Announces AI Challenge

August 15, 2019 - Defense Innovation Unit


The Defense Innovation Unit's xView2 Challenge seeks to automate post-disaster damage assessment. DIU is challenging machine learning experts to develop computer vision algorithms that will speed up analysis of satellite and aerial imagery by localizing and categorizing various types of building damage caused by natural disasters.

Research and Engineering Launches Two New Public Websites

July 30, 2019 - Press Operations


The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (R&E) launched two new websites to provide information on how two of its directorates support OUSD(R&E)’s mission to foster technological dominance across the Department of Defense and ensure the advantage of the American warfighter.

Space Development Agency Addresses Growing Capability Gaps

July 23, 2019 - David Vergun


The space domain is vital to warfighters, with information from satellites used for such things as communications, missile tracking and navigation.

However, there are gaps that near-peer competitors such as China could exploit, said Derek M. Tournear, acting director of the Defense Department's Space Development Agency. Exploitation could include spoofing, cyberattacks, jamming and even satellite kill vehicles, he added.

DOD Announces 2019 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

May 1, 2019 - Press Operations


The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the selection of 10 distinguished faculty scientists and engineers for the 2019 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows, today. The highly competitive fellowship is the department's flagship single investigator award for basic research, and is named in honor of Dr. Vannevar Bush, the director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development after World War II. This fellowship program aims to advance transformative, university-based fundamental research.

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Pentagon Showcases Its Organic Laboratories

April 25, 2019 - David Vergun


WASHINGTON, DC - The Defense Department’s organic laboratories develop weapons, medical technology and other equipment. Hundreds had exhibit booths set up in the Pentagon courtyard as part of its biennial DOD Lab Day today.

DoD Launches New Chief Technologist Website

April 24, 2019 - Press Operations


WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) launched a new public website, https://www.cto.mil

DOD Announces Award for STEM Education and Outreach Efforts

April 16, 2019 - Press Operations


WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced the award of the Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Consortium (DSEC) cooperative agreement. The cooperative agreement was awarded to Research Triangle Institute (RTI), who will receive up to $15 million a year over the course of five years.

DoD Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Research Equipment Awards

March 25, 2019 - Press Operations


Arlington, VA - The Department of Defense announced awards to 185 university researchers totaling $56 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). These grants will be provided to 95 institutions across 36 states in fiscal 2019.

DOD Announces FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative Awards

March 18, 2019 - Press Operations


The Department of Defense continued its history of strong support for fundamental research by selecting 12 faculty investigators for awards through the FY2018 Minerva Research Initiative.

DOD Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal

March 12, 2019 - Press Operations


On March 11, 2019, President Donald J. Trump sent Congress a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget request of $750 billion for national security, $718.3 billion of which is for the Department of Defense (DoD).

Path Forward for Artificial Intelligence

Feb. 12, 2019, By Press Operations


The Department of Defense on Feb. 12 released the summary of its strategy on artificial intelligence. The strategy, Harnessing AI to Advance Our Security and Prosperity, outlines how DOD will leverage AI into the future.

Strong Missile Shield Protects U.S., Allies

Jan. 17, 2019, By David Vergun


WASHINGTON --President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Michael R. Pence and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan announced the release of the 2019 Missile Defense Review today at the Pentagon.

DoD Awards $10 Million in Funding

Jan. 17, 2019, By Press Operations


The Department of Defense has awarded $10 million in funding to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), with an option of $20 million more over the upcoming five years to lead the digital future of manufacturing Feb. 21.

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