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DoD Chief Technology Officer Delivers First Congressional Testimony

APRIL 7, 2022

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee on April 6, 2022. It was the first Congressional testimony Shyu provided since being confirmed in her current position in July, 2021.

Updates from Across the R&E Enterprise

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    DoD Announces Fiscal Year 2021 DEPSCoR Awards

    May 13, 2022


    The DoD announced today $14.6 million in DEPSCoR awards to 23 collaborative teams following two FY2021 competitions. DEPSCoR is a capacity-building program that is designed to strengthen the basic research infrastructure at institutions of higher education in under-utilized states/territories.

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    Defense Department New Website to Navigate Innovation Opportunities

    April 22, 2022


    The Department of Defense announced today an “Innovation Pathways” website providing a “one-stop shop” for the DoD innovation ecosystem. Located at www.ctoinnovation.mil, the site serves as a gateway to the Department’s efforts to bring in new ideas and technology, with a special focus on students, universities, and businesses.

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    Space Development Agency Makes Awards for 126 Satellites to Build Tranche 1 Transport Layer

    February 28, 2022


    The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced the awards of three prototype agreements worth approximately $1.8 billion to establish the foundation for Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL), a mesh network of 126 optically-interconnected space vehicles (SV) that will provide a resilient, low-latency, high-volume data transport communication system, and be ready for launch starting in September 2024.

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    The OUSD(R&E) Deputy Director for Engineering released two guidebooks in February 2022

    February 14, 2022


    The Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook and Systems Engineering Guidebook replace Chapter 3, Systems Engineering, of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook. The Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook describes the activities, processes, and practices involved in the development of DoD systems. The guidebook aligns with the engineering disciplines covered in DoD Instruction 5000.88, Engineering of Defense Systems, and focuses on recommended engineering best practices for the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework acquisition pathways.

    The Systems Engineering Guidebook provides systems engineering guidance and recommended best practices for defense acquisition programs. It is intended for Program Managers and Systems Engineers and may be tailored for programs in any of the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework pathways (DoD Instruction 5000.02). Programs can use the guidebook, along with other acquisition business resources, to plan and execute program systems engineering activities across the system life cycle.

    See Engineering References for Program Offices for links to the guidebooks.

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    USD(R&E) Strategic Vision and Critical Technology Areas

    February 2, 2022


    The OUSD(R&E) will spearhead a National Defense Science and Technology strategy for the DoD, informed by the 2022 NDS and structured around three strategic pillars: mission focus, foundation building, and succeeding through teamwork. This technology strategy will chart a course for the United States' military to strengthen its technological superiority amidst a global race for technological advantage.

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    DoD Releases Updated Unmanned System Safety Engineering Precepts Guide for DoD Acquisition

    January 25, 2022


    DoD announced today release of an updated Unmanned System (UxS) Safety Engineering Precepts Guide for DoD Acquisition, dated August 2021, created by a joint effort of the DoD Offices of the Under Secretaries of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E) and Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S). The Guide was updated to better support Service safety reviews and the design and development of safe UxSs and associated firmware, hardware, and safety significant software.

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E) will spearhead a National Defense Science and Technology strategy for the Department of Defense (DoD), informed by the 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS) and structured around three strategic pillars: mission focus, foundation building, and succeeding through teamwork. This technology strategy will chart a course for the United States' military to strengthen its technological superiority amidst a global race for technological advantage.

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