Updates from Across the R&E Enterprise
January 12, 2021 - DOD News
The Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded $20.8 million in grants to 15 university-based Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva) faculty teams to support research in the social and behavioral sciences.
January 11, 2021 - DOD News
The Department of Defense, in coordination with the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), announced a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to explore a new 5G Challenge aimed at accelerating the development of an open 5G ecosystem that can support DoD missions.
December 28, 2020 - DOD News
Acting Under Secretary Michael Kratsios signed the DOD International Science and Technology Engagement Strategy, which supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) directive to strengthen alliances and attract new partners.
Coronavirus: DoD Response
The Defense Department is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
News & Events Archive
October 26, 2020 - DOD News
The Department of Defense announced it will be awarding Texas A&M University’s Engineering Experiment Station $20 million per year over a 5-year period to establish and manage a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH).
October 26, 2020 - By David Vergun, DOD News
Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station, or TEES, has been awarded a $20 million per year contract to establish and manage a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics, or UCAH.
October 20, 2020 - DoD News
Today, the Department of Defense announced an $87 million, seven-year award to the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE), a nonprofit created by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC), for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII). BioMADE, headquartered at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, will collaborate with public and private entities to advance sustainable and reliable bioindustrial manufacturing technologies.
October 15, 2020 - DoD News
Today, the Department of Defense announced it has awarded over $197 million to advance microelectronics technology and strengthen the American microelectronics industrial base. This critical industry will underpin the development of other Department of Defense technology priorities such as artificial intelligence, 5G communications, quantum computing, and autonomous vehicles.
DOD Establishes Joint Hypersonics Transition Office Systems Engineering Field Activity at NSWC Crane
October 15, 2020 - DoD News
Today, the DoD established its Joint Hypersonics Transition Office Systems Engineering Field Activity at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. Through this partnership, located in Crane, Indiana, the Department can leverage the growing suite of government, industry, and academic leaders associated with NSWC Crane. Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Dr. Mark Lewis, and JHTO Director, Dr. Gillian Bussey, announced the JHTO Systems Engineering Field Activity opening in a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 15th with Governor Eric Holcomb.
October 9, 2020 - By C. Todd Lopez, DoD News
Defense Department officials announced yesterday the awarding of $600 million in contracts to 15 prime contractors to perform testing and evaluation of 5G technologies at five military installations across the United States, said the acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.
October 8, 2020 - DOD News
Today, the Department of Defense announced $600 million in awards for 5G experimentation and testing at five U.S. military test sites, representing the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world.
Event: October 7, 2020, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
Small Business and Technology Partnerships is pleased to announce that registration for our 2020 DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Virtual Symposium is now open! The event takes place on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 10:00 AM ET – 5:00 PM ET. Registration closes September 25, 2020.
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October 5, 2020 - By C. Todd Lopez , DOD News
The Space Development Agency announced today that two companies won bids to build out Tranche 0 of the tracking layer for the National Defense Space Architecture. Together, those contracts amount to more than $342 million.
October 5, 2020 - DOD News
The Department of Defense announced the selection of 12 awardees for the National Defense Education Program Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) awards.
October 2, 2020 - By David Vergun , DOD News
The Defense Department released the unclassified portion of the Irregular Warfare Annex to the 2018 National Defense Strategy today. Open as a PDF
September 24, 2020 - DoD News
The Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering hosted the first virtual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and Biotechnology Virtual Symposium, September 24.
September 21, 2020 - DoD News
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E)) announced the line-up of speakers for the inaugural Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Virtual Symposium. The symposium, taking place October 7th, will feature keynote speaker Mr. Michael J. Kratsios, acting Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
September 20, 2020 - RT&L News
McClellan Park, California— Engineers at the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) have invented a new system for testing semiconductors' reliability and other critical electronics components in the harsh environment encountered in space.
Embracing Change: Shifting the DoD to an Approach for Modernization and Joint Warfighting Concept Development
September 24, 2020 - DoD CTO Public Affairs
The Department of Defense (DoD) is fundamentally changing the way it modernizes forces to fight and win tomorrow’s wars. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E)) has been tasked to lead this change. The Deputy Director for Engineering (DD, ENG), Dr. Sandra Magnus, is leading the Chief Engineers Council advising the Mission Engineering direction and guiding documents.
DoD Invests $50 million in Minority-Serving Institutions to Conduct Boundary-Pushing Scientific Research
September 23, 2020 - DOD News
The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), is pleased to announce awards totaling $50 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) to conduct research in defense priority areas. The competitive awards cover two discrete funding opportunities under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 DoD HBCU/MSI Research and Education Program.
September 22, 2020 - By David Vergun, DOD News
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Defense Innovation Unit are applying commercial technology for early detection of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, which causes the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.
September 14, 2020
The Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded $4 million in grants to eight distinguished universities to support work on uniquely-complex hypersonics challenges. The awards made Sept. 9 are the first step toward meeting the DOD and congressional goals of developing the nation’s hypersonics workforce and accelerating the transition of cutting-edge technology to operational hypersonic capabilities.
August 31, 2020 - SDA News
SDA announced August 31 two contract awards for the first generation of the Transport Layer, called Tranche 0. These awards represent one of the first major and highly visible steps toward developing the National Defense Space Architecture’s inaugural tranche. This set of contract awards will initiate the design, development, and launch of constellations comprised of tens of satellites with optical intersatellite links capable of sending and receiving wideband data to and from other space vehicles and ground stations. The capability demonstrated in the Transport Layer Tranche 0 will provide our warfighters with periodic regional access to low-latency data connectivity via space-based extensions of existing tactical data links. Contract details can be found at the SDA contracts webpage.
August 31, 2020 - DoD News
Today, the Department of Defense named Dr. Victoria Coleman as the director of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
August 2020 - DoD News
Arlington, VA – The Department of Defense, through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, is pleased to announce the selection of nine awardees for the Manufacturing Engineering Education Program (MEEP).
Virtual Webinar: September 3, 2020
Manufacturing x Digital (MxD), a Department of Defense-sponsored manufacturing innovation institute, has released The Hiring Guide: Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, a ground-breaking guide to aid U.S. manufacturers in building the workforce needed to protect the industry from growing cyber threats.
August 20, 2020 - By David Vergun, DoD News
For the first time ever, the Department of Defense and the entire federal government will have access to secure, trusted, and American-made commercial drones on the General Service Administration (GSA) schedule, acting undersecretary for research and engineering Michael Kratsios announced at a virtual event hosted by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) on Wednesday.
August 20, 2020 -
(Washington, DC) -- The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a Department of Defense (DOD) organization that accelerates commercial technology for national defense, announced the availability of five U.S.-manufactured drone configurations to provide trusted, secure small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) options to the U.S. Government.
August 13, 2020 - DoD News
America's economic and military dominance lies in innovation, and the Defense Department's new technology chief is looking to strengthen and maintain the nation's position as the global leader in emerging technologies.
August 13, 2020 - DoD Press Release
Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Kratsios speaks at Georgetown University Center for Security and Emerging Technology.
August 4, 2020 - DoD Press Release
The Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships for 2020 to 162 exceptionally-qualified awardees from 57 institutions nationwide.
July 31, 2020 - DoD Press Release
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.
July 28, 2020 - DoD Public Release
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross visited the Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) America Makes July 1 to announce a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
July 13, 2020 - DoD Press Release
The Department of Defense announced $650,000 in funding to 13 recipients of the Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic. View Recipients of the Newton Award.
July 13, 2020 - DOD Press Release
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper announced today that Michael J.K. Kratsios had been designated to serve as Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, effective July 10, 2020.
June 30, 2020 - Courtesy Video from Defense.gov
Dr. Mark Lewis, the Defense Department’s acting deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering and director of defense research and engineering for modernization, discusses the DOD’s priorities with Rebeccah Heinrichs of the Hudson Institute in Washington.
June 30, 2020 - , 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.
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.
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.
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.
June 15, 2020 - By Dr. Tournear, Dr. Griffin, and Dr. Porter for Space News
SDA must be allowed to operate outside of legacy acquisition systems until it has had time to innovate, flourish and deliver.
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.
May 28, 2020 - DoD News Release
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) and the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center (USAFWC) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada have teamed to build a fifth-generation (5G) cellular network on Nellis as part of DOD's development of 5G for both defense and civilian uses.
DoD 5G Strategy
May 20, 2020 - DoD Release
Fifth-generation wireless communications technologies (5G) currently in development promise orders of magnitude improvements in multiple areas, including speed, connectivity, and reduced latency. The deployment of 5G capabilities will also be far more disruptive than those of prior generations, with transformative effects that extend beyond telecommunications.
May 12, 2020 - DoD Release
The Department of Defense has selected eight distinguished faculty scientists and engineers and provided $24 million in fellowship funds as part of the 2020 Class of the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows. Click here for a complete list of this year’s winners.
May 8, 2020 - By David Vergun, DoD News
DOD Chief Information Officer Dana S. Deasy; Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael D. Griffin; Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, chief of space operations and commander of U.S. Space Command; and retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen spoke at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on DOD spectrum policy and the impact of the FCC's Ligado Networks decision on national security.
May 1, 2020 - DoD Press Release
The Department of Defense has selected six collaborative teams as winners of the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) competition. Each team will receive up to $600,000 over a three-year period of performance to pursue science and engineering research in areas relevant to DOD initiatives supporting the National Defense Strategy.
March 9, 2020 - DoD Release
The Department of Defense has awarded three teams, BWX Technologies, Inc., Lynchburg, Virginia; Westinghouse Government Services, Washington, D.C.; and X-energy, LLC, Greenbelt, Maryland; contracts to each begin design work on a mobile nuclear reactor prototype under a Strategic Capabilities Office initiative called Project Pele.
March 5, 2020 - By David Vergun, DoD News
Dr. Michael D. Griffin, undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, spoke at the 11th annual McAleese Defense Programs Conference in Washington, D.C.
March 2, 2020 -
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. Read Transcript (PDF)
February 20, 2020 - By C. Todd Lopez, DoD News
The Pentagon - The Defense Department's chief technology officer said more must be done to encourage young people to pursue engineering careers.
February 2020 - DoD News Release
Arlington, VA - The Department of Defense (DoD) announced $185 million in multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) awards to 26 research teams pursuing basic research spanning multiple scientific disciplines.
February 12, 2020 - Defense Digital Service
Washington — Rogue Squadron, a Defense Innovation Unit team based in Mountain View, California, which develops hardware and software solutions for small unmanned aerial systems and counter-UAS missions, will now report to the Defense Digital Service, a DoD organization dedicated to providing the best in modern technical knowledge to the government.
February 2020 - DoD Release
To encourage participation in the MOSIS Service offerings of Intel’s multi-project wafer fabrication runs, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Trusted and Assured Microelectronics Program aims to potentially sponsor MPW runs in government fiscal year 2020 and 2021. Projects aligning with the R&E Microelectronics Roadmap’s need for access to State-Of-The-Art technology will be considered for subsidized fabrication if those designs and/or design efforts are complementary to the T&AM objectives of enhancing the U.S. microelectronics development capability.
DoD Launches Allied Prototype Initiative
January 13, 2020 - DoD Release
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, through its Advanced Capabilities directorate, has launched the Allied Prototyping Initiative, a program that leverages existing frameworks for international cooperation in research and development to expand prototyping opportunities on a shared-contribution basis between the U.S. and our closest allies.
Response Date - December 23, 2019
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
A new Request for Information was issued on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) to solicit input that the Trump Administration can take to “maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment.” JCORE seeks this input from private industry, academic institutions, professional societies, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, and Federal agencies.
MOSIS MPW Sponsorship Through Intel Custom Foundry
December 2019 - DoD Release
To encourage participation in the MOSIS Service offerings of Intel’s multi-project wafer (MPW) fabrication runs, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) Trusted and Assured Microelectronics (T&AM) Program aims to potentially sponsor MPW runs in government fiscal year (GFY)-2020 and GFY-2021.
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.
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.
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…
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.
August 30, 2019 - Executive Office of the President
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Response Date - February 28, 2020
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY
The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to announce the U.S. Government’s intent to launch a competition for the ninth Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) led by the Department of Defense (DoD). The technical focus area for this Institute will be Synthetic Biology.
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.
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.
January 17, 2019 - 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.
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.
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...
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...