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Current Events

Minerva Research Initiative Virtual Policy Meetings
Fall 2021: October 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28
Start time: 1:00 ET (10:00 PT)

NB: Held under the Chatham House Rule

Tuesday, October 12 Session I – Conference Opening & Lessons from Long Wars
Thursday, October 14 Session II – Logics of Deterrence
Tuesday, October 19 Session III – Asymmetric Competition
Thursday, October 21 Session IV – Frontier Technologies and Emerging Domains
Tuesday, October 26 Session V – Hegemonic Shifts in Global Power
Thursday, October 28 Session VI – Environment and Climate Risk & Conference Closing

Updates from Across the R&E Enterprise

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    FY 2022 SMART Scholar SEED Grant Program Awardees

    October 21, 2021


    The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) program recently announced awards to 21 SMART PhD scholars as part of its competitive SMART Scholar SEED Grant program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The SMART Scholar SEED Grant Program awards research grants worth up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of three years to promising SMART scholars as they transition from the pursuit of their PhDs to become active Department of Defense (DoD) professionals. The grants help scholars establish foundational research/engineering projects in their areas of expertise.

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    Keynote at Women in Technology Event

    October 19, 2021


    On Friday, October 15, 2021, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), Heidi Shyu, delivered keynote remarks at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences 3rd Bi-Annual Women in Technology: Building Tomorrow Together.

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    The DoD Awards $47 Million in Grants Through the NDEP

    October 19, 2021


    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 more than $47 million to 15 awardees under the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Biotechnology, and Enhanced Civics Education.

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    Defense Science and Technology Protection Experts Share Acquisition Course Updates in New Webinar

    October 15, 2021


    Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition professionals can now access updates to Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course ACQ 160, “Program Protection Planning Awareness,” through a new recorded webinar released September 27, 2021 that features two Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) science and technology (S&T) protection experts.

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    DoD Advances Digital Engineering Practice

    October 8, 2021


    The Department of Defense (DoD) requires robust engineering practices and modern weapon systems to defeat adversaries. To remain competitive, the DoD is adopting digital engineering practices in developing defense systems.

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    DoD Cyber Table Top Guide, Version 2

    October 1, 2021


    The Cyber Table Top (CTT) method is a type of mission-based cyber risk assessment that defense programs can use to produce actionable information on potential cyber threats across a system’s acquisition life cycle.

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    2021 Class of LUCI Fellows

    September 30, 2021


    The Basic Research Office at OUSD (R&E) is pleased to announce the 2021 class of Laboratory-University Collaboration (LUCI) Fellows. LUCI fellows are highly accomplished 6.1 researchers in the DoD laboratories that wish to partner with top tier DoD-funded academic researchers.

July 23, 2021


The DoD, through OUSD(R&E), just released an updated DoD STEM Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025 that showcases the DoD’s dedication to developing current and future STEM talent.

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    DOD Awards 2021 STEM Scholars

    September 8, 2021


    The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program recently announced awards to 416 SMART scholars as part of its 2021 cohort. The 2021 cohort is comprised of students representing 184 colleges and universities, and is the largest and most diverse in the program’s 15 year history.

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    Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge Portal

    August 20, 2021


    The Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E) Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) announces the release of the Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge (CRWS-BoK) Portal Version 1.1.

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    Virtual Summit on Robotic Solutions for Pandemics and Beyond

    August 27, 2021


    The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, a Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institute (DoD MII), opened registration for the “ARM Exchange Technical Summit: Robotic Solutions for Pandemics & Beyond.” This event is free to attend and open to the public, but registration is required.

The DDR&E(R&T) “Year in Review” seeks to showcase OUSD (R&E) science and technology (S&T) enterprise’s leading innovation and national security in 2020.

The DDR&E(R&T) is responsible for DoD research and technology portfolios, from basic science to advanced technology development. Our organization ensures that the DoD is postured to develop the next generation of disruptive and emerging technologies and enable the rapid delivery of superior capabilities to the Warfighter.

DDRE(R&T) 2020 Year in Review
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    STEM Community College and Relevant Partners Consortium

    August 20, 2021


    OUSD(R&E) has announced a Request for Information on STEM Community College and Relevant Partners Consortium to help improve the future on future talent workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Responses are due by Friday, September 10, 2021.

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    2021 SMART Scholar Symposium: Creating Leaders of the Future

    August 4, 2021


    The Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program, managed under the Office of the Undersecretary for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), hosted its fourth annual symposium on July 13-15, 2021.

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    Fiscal Year 2021 Research Equipment Awards to Minority-Serving Institutions

    June 2021


    Arlington, VA – Today, the Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), announced awards to 70 minority-serving institutions totaling $30.4 million as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI) Research and Education Program.

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    DoD Releases New Instruction on Additive Manufacturing

    June 2021


    In June 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Undersecretary for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), published a DoD Instruction (DoDI) that promotes additive manufacturing (AM) use across the DoD enterprise. DoD has identified AM as a technology that contributes to a key line of effort in the National Defense Strategy, “building a more lethal force.” This DoDI supports the Department’s vision for utilizing AM to enable a more agile, adaptable, and aligned defense supply base to outpace adversarial threats.

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    Hicks Provides Overview of DOD Priorities

    June 8, 2021


    The deputy defense secretary today spoke about a wide range of topics regarding Defense Department priorities reflected in the fiscal year 2022 budget request.

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    DoD Announces Additional Fiscal Year 2021 University Research Funding Awards

    May 2021


    Arlington, VA - The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced an additional $10 million in funding awards to 4 teams that participated in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) competition, managed by the Basic Research Office (BRO) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). The winning teams, which represent 16 academic institutions nationwide, will receive three-year grants—contingent upon satisfactory research progress and the availability of funds—to pursue basic research that spans multiple scientific disciplines.  The Department previously announced $179 million in MURI awards to 25 research teams from the same FY21 MURI competition.  Please click here to download the list of additional winning teams.

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