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    Radiation and Temperature Effects on Space-Based Microelectronics

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

Events

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    STEM and Biotechnology Virtual Symposium

    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.

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    Keynote Speaker at DOD’s SBIR/STTR Virtual Symposium

    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.

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.

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News & Events Archive

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    AI Aiding DOD in Early Detection of COVID-19

    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.

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    DoD Awards $4 million to Eight Universities for Hypersonics Research

    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.

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    SDA announced two contract awards for the first generation of the Transport Layer.

    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.

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    DOD Developing Small, Unmanned Aerial System for Warfighters

    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.

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    DIU Announces sUAS Product Availability

    August 20, 2020 - By DIU


    (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.

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    DOD Tech Chief Lays Out Vision for U.S. Technology Leadership


    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.

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    DoD Releases New Instruction on Technology Protection


    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.

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    Pentagon Official Discusses Defense Modernization Priorities


    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.

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    Risk Aversion Impedes Hypersonics Development

    June 30, 2020 - By C. Todd Lopez , 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.

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    Hypersonics Testing Accelerates

    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.

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    DOD Has Pedal to the Metal on Hypersonics

    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.

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    DoD Releases Defense Space Strategy

    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.

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    DOD Names Seven Installations as Sites for Second Round of 5G Technology Testing, Experimentation

    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.

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    DOD, USAF Warfare Center to Build a 5G Network, Test Prototype Software at Nellis

    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.

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    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. 

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    Danger to GPS Due to FCC Licensing Ruling

    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.

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    DOD Invests $3.6 Million for the DEPSCoR Competition Winners

    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.

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    DOD Awards Contracts for Development of a Mobile Microreactor

    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.

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    5G to Aid Warfighters, Thwart Adversaries

    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.

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    Department of Defense Press Briefing on Hypersonics

    March 2, 2020 - DoD News Release


    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)

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    Fiscal Year 2020 University Research Funding Awards

    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.

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    Rogue Squadron Transitions from DIU to DDS

    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.

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    MOSIS MPW Sponsorship Through Intel Custom Foundry

    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.

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    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.

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    Request for Information on the American Research Environment

    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.

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    DoD Invests $32 Million in MEEP

    December 19, 2019 - DoD Release


    The Department of Defense, through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, has selected seven awardees for the Manufacturing Engineering Education Program.

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    Test Launch at Vandenberg Air Force base

    December 12, 2019 - U.S. Air Force

    The U.S. Air Force, in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office, conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile...

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    USD(R&E) Letter to Universities

    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…

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    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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    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.

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    White House Unveils FY 2021 Research and Development Budget Priorities

    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    Synthetic Biology (SynBio) Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII)

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    DOD Issues Second Special Notice Seeking Input from Industry on 5G Technology Development

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    DoD Awards $10 Million in Funding

    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

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    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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    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...

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    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...

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