DoD S&T Executive Committee Meets for Annual Strategic Review

The Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology Executive Committee (S&T ExCom) will hold its 2021 Strategic Review from April 29-30, 2021. The Honorable Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Deputy Secretary of Defense, will provide remarks. Ms. Barbara McQuiston, the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology who is currently performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, will also speak to Committee members.

“The annual S&T ExCom Strategic Overview Summit provides a critical opportunity for ExCom members to align our organizations’ activities and goals with Department priorities,” said Dr. JihFen Lei, Principal Deputy and Acting Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology, and S&T ExCom Chair. “I am especially grateful to Dr. Hicks and Ms. McQuiston for addressing our S&T community and providing their expertise, guidance, and insight.”

The S&T ExCom aligns DoD S&T investments to support Warfighter priorities and bridge capability gaps across the Military Departments, the Joint Staff, and Defense Agencies. Committee members – made up of senior leadership from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Services, and Defense Agencies – discuss their current activities, future objectives, and collaboration opportunities in order to maintain the Nation’s technological advantage.

In 2020, S&T ExCom activities across the DoD enterprise secured technological advantage for our Warfighters; strengthened the U.S. industrial base; supported groundbreaking Research and Development; deepened relationships with academic and research partners; and directly contributed to the fight against COVID-19.

Portrait of Dr. Hicks