DoD Releases New Instruction on Technology Protection

The Department of Defense published a DoD Instruction (DoDI) July 20 that contributes to a key line of effort in the National Defense Strategy – increasing the lethality of our forces – through promotion and implementation of enhanced technology protection across the DoD enterprise.

DoDI 5000.83, Technology and Program Protection to Maintain Technological Advantage, establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for DoD science and technology (S&T) managers and engineers to mitigate risks and protect critical U.S. research, military technologies, and programs. The measures outlined include:

  • Safeguarding classified and unclassified controlled technical information;
  • Supervising DoD-sponsored research involving joint ventures, academic collaborations, and cooperative research partnerships;
  • Designing systems for security and cyber resiliency;
  • Protecting against cyberattacks;
  • Protecting fielded systems from changing threat environments; and
  • Enhancing protection for critical programs and technologies through technology area protection plans, S&T protection plans, and program protection plans

While DoDI 5000.83 applies to all DoD components, other U.S. public and private S&T organizations will benefit from the procedures promulgated in this issuance to protect their own critical technologies from exploitation.

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) is responsible for the research, development, and prototyping activities across the Department of Defense.  OUSD(R&E) fosters technological dominance across the DoD ensuring the unquestioned superiority of the American joint force.  Learn more at or follow us on Twitter:  @DoDCTO.