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DoD Research & Engineering

Dr. Michael Griffin

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

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 J. Porter

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

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 Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), 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.

Research and Engineering Enterprise

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Research and Engineering for Research and Technology
Office Of The Director Of Defense
Research And Engineering For
Modernization
Dr. Mark Lewis
Dr. Mark Lewis Director
Office of the Director of Defense
Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities

"As the Department’s R&E enterprise continues to identify and harvest technologies suitable for transition to our force, we aim to remain ever vigilant of potential and emerging threats."

- Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, before the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Technology Transfer and the Valley of Death, second session, 116th Congress, April 18, 2018.

Principal Deputy Directors

"...it is worth commenting briefly about the state of the United States’ global competitive posture. It is important that we take the long view and play to our strengths, which include our culture of innovation, our free market principles, our entrepreneurial spirit, and the rule of law. Greatness is achieved not by cheating or stealing, or by focusing on holding others back, but rather by continually pushing to excel, running faster, and simply being better than everyone else."

-Dr. Lisa J. Porter, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, source, article "The U.S. Defense Department’s New Thinking on Microelectronics Security. October 2019, Author: Dr. Lisa J. Porter

Deputy Directors

DDRE(R&T)

Strategic Technology Protection & Exploitation

Research, Technology & Laboratories

DDRE(AC)

Developmental Test, Evaluation & Prototyping

"We are implementing a strategic approach to modernization that includes an awareness of existing and potential gaps; an understanding of emerging threats; knowledge of state - of - the - art commercial, academic, and government research; as well as a clear understanding of competing needs for limited resources. "

- Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, before the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Technology Transfer and the Valley of Death, second session, 116th Congress, April 18, 2018.

Technical Directors

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Dr. Joe Evans Technical Director

5G

Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence

DDRE(M) Assistant Directors

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Mr. Wayne Nickols Assistant Director

Autonomy

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Dr. Michael Zatman Assistant Director

FNC3

Mr. Michael White
Mr. Mike White Assistant Director

Hypersonics

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TBD Assistant Director

Space

Research and Engineering Agencies

Several agencies crucial to the national research and development enterprise fall within the R&E enterprise: Missile Defense Agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Strategic Capabilities Office, Defense Innovation Unit, Strategic Intelligence Analysis Cell, and the new Space Development Agency.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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Dr. David Honey Acting Director

Strategic Capabilities Office

Space Development Agency

Defense Innovation Unit

Strategic Intelligence Analysis Cell

USD(R&E)
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