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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

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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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    Risk Aversion Impedes Hypersonics Development

    June 30, 2020 - By C. Todd Lopez , DOD News


    Speeding ahead with the development of hypersonic weapons, both offensive and defensive, will require the Defense Department to look back to the 1960s — a time when it was far less risk-averse than it is now, the department's director of defense research and engineering for modernization said.

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    Hypersonics Testing Accelerates

    June 18, 2020 - By C. Todd Lopez , DOD News


    The March 19 test of a hypersonic glide body at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii is just the start for the Defense Department, the assistant director for hypersonics in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering said, and after ample flight testing, the department will move toward developing weapons from the concepts it's been testing.

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    DOD Has Pedal to the Metal on Hypersonics

    June 18, 2020 - By Jim Garamone , DOD News


    Mark J. Lewis, who spoke with Marcus Weisgerber at the Defense One Tech Summit yesterday, noted that Russia has announced fielding a hypersonic capability and that China is investing heavily in the technology.

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    DoD Releases Defense Space Strategy

    JUNE 17, 2020 - DoD Press Release


    Today the Secretary for Defense released the Defense Space Strategy, which identifies how Department of Defense will advance spacepower to be able to compete, deter, and win in a complex security environment characterized by great power competition.

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    DOD Names Seven Installations as Sites for Second Round of 5G Technology Testing, Experimentation

    June 3, 2020 - DoD News Release


    The Department of Defense has named seven U.S. military installations as the latest sites where it will conduct fifth-generation (5G) communications technology experimentation and testing. They are Naval Base Norfolk, Virginia; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California; Fort Hood, Texas; Camp Pendleton, California; and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

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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