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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.

Artificial Intelligence Research and Development

Dr. Matthew Daniels

Dr. Matthew P. Daniels
Technical Director, Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering


Artificial Intelligence, or AI, remains in an age of discovery. To create a pipeline of breakthroughs for tomorrow’s economy and security, we must deepen our commitment to AI research and engineering, as part of a reinvigoration of research and invention in the United States.

Draft Request for Proposals for 5G Technology

October 23, 2019 - DoD Release

Dr. Lisa Porter, the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering addressed the audience during the MWC19 in Los Angeles.

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.

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Dr. Lisa Porter speaks at MWC19 in Los Angeles. (c) GSM Association 1999 - 2019

USD(R&E) Letter to Universities

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Letter Published October 10, 2019

Dr. Michael Griffin
Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering


For decades, scientists at universities and research centers, supported by the Department of Defense, have made ground-breaking scientific discoveries that underpinned dramatic commercial and national security advances, significantly improving the lives of citizens here and abroad… Yet today, the ability to make similar advances is at risk and research integrity is jeopardized through foreign governments' exploitation that intentionally target U.S. and allied partner research and intellectual capital.

We must find ways to protect research integrity that has contributed to the creation of the finest research institutions in the world and allows us to attract the necessary talent to maintain our economic and national security...

White House Summit on America’s Bioeconomy

October 7, 2019

Panel Session I: The Bioeconomy as a Strategic Priority for America

Dr. Lisa Porter, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering attending a White House Summit involving America’s Bioeconomy; DUSD(R&E) remarks highlight the DoD emphasis upon the U.S. Bioeconomy for enhanced supply chain resilience and defense responsiveness.

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  • Bioeconomy Summit Agenda (PDF)
  • Summary of the 2019 White House Summit on America’s Bioeconomy (PDF)
White House Summit on America’s Bioeconomy

5G and Microelectronics

Published September 9, 2019

Dr. Lisa Porter, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, writes to discuss 5G and Microelectronics:

"Microelectronics are fundamental to essentially every technology and capability in the Defense Department and more broadly in the commercial world. Ultimately, 5G is all about ubiquitous connectivity, and 5G elements will depend upon the ability of the microelectronics industry to continue to produce even higher bandwidths and better energy efficiencies, with smaller footprints, as well as increased flexibility and functionality. However, we cannot just chase performance –we must now focus on security as well."

Microelectronics and the Department of Defense: The Way Ahead

Published July 26, 2019

Electronic Resurgence Initiative: Summit 2019

Dr. Lisa Porter, the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering addressed the audience during the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit. Dr. Porter, a keynote speaker, discussed DoD’s investment in microelectronics.

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Dr. Michael Griffin Speaks at NUWC Division Newport

Published July 24, 2019

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport

Dr. Michael Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, visited NUWC Division Newport along with several dignitaries on July 22. Griffin spoke with employees about the need for better collaboration between government, industry and academia.

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Interview of Dr. Derek Tournear

Published July 24, 2019 - Government Matters

Dr. Derek Tournear, the Assistant Director for Space in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering and the Acting Director of the Space Development Agency discussed on Government Matters the Space Development Agency's plans to orchestrate the future National Defense Space Architecture designed to provide the eight space capabilities called for in the DoD Space Vision.

Click the link below to watch the interview on the Government Matters website.

White House Unveils FY 2021 Research and Development Budget Priorities

For FY2021, the five R&D budgetary priorities in this memorandum ensure that America remains at the forefront of scientific progress, national and economic security, and personal wellbeing, while continuing to serve as the standard-bearer for today's emerging technologies and Industries of the Future. This memorandum also describes five high-priority crosscutting actions that span all five R&D budgetary priorities and require departments and agencies to coordinate, collaborate, and partner with one another and with the other sectors of the S&T enterprise to maximize success.

These five are:

American Security

American Leadership in Industries of the Future

American Energy and Environmental Leadership

American Health & Bioeconomic Innovation

American Space Exploration and Commercialization

Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) is the Department of Defense’s most prestigious single-investigator award and supports basic research with the potential for transformative impact.

Dmitri N. Basov

2019 Vannevar Bush Fellow
Dr. Basov studies nano-optics, measuring the effects of radiation on thin layers of exotic materials. When formed into a thin film, these materials, from graphine to dicalcogenide, have some exceptional properties...

Dr. Jennifer Lewis

2016 Vannevar Bush Fellow
Dr. Jennifer Lewis, a 2016 Vannevar Bush Fellow, along with fellow Harvard researchers, has developed a technique for 3D-printing vascular channels into stem-cell-derived organ building blocks. The technique is called SWIFT (Sacrificial Writing into Functional Tissue), and uses gelatin to create the required channels in each organ building block...

May 1, 2019

DOD Announces 2019 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

Video by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose Najera, DOD

DoD Lab Day 2019


April 30, 2019

The Defense Department’s 2019 Lab Day highlighted the work of scientists and researchers from across the department and military services. DOD’s labs focus on the research and development needed to provide next-generation capabilities to warfighters.

Technology for the Warfighter

April 25, 2019 - Photos by C. Todd Lopez

Dozens of scientists, researches and engineers from military laboratories around the Department of Defense descended on the Pentagon courtyard, April 25, 2019, to participate in the 2019 DOD Lab Day. As part of the lab day, scientific experts explained the projects and technology under development now that is meant to help warfighters by increasing their lethality and enhancing their protection.

Maintaining a Technological Edge

March 28, 2019


Dr. Michael Griffin, the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; Bruce Jette, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology; James Guerts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition; and William Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, testify on the fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Defense Department’s science and technology programs during a hearing in Washington of the House Armed Services Committee’s intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee.

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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