Updates from Across the R&E Enterprise
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Aug. 02, 2019
Strategic Robotic Systems (SRS) announces the United States Navy has chosen to procure the company’s FUSION unmanned underwater vehicle to be their future explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with initial deliveries commencing in the third quarter of 2019.
Technology & Nat'l Security
Jul. 19, 2019
DIU Director, Michael Brown, participated in this year's Aspen Security Forum on a panel focused on the intersection of technology and national security. Panelists also included John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle. Kara Swisher, Co-Founder of Recode, moderated the discussion.
Environmental Impact Statement
May 24, 2019 - Ballistic Missile Defense System
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration and U. S. Air Force, is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to inform a decision on the design of Special Use Airspace (SUA) necessary for the operation of Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear Air Force Station in Alaska.
Successful Interception of ICBM Target
March 25, 2019 - International Cooperation
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Northern Command, and elements of the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s 30th, 50th, and 460th Space Wings, conducted a successful test today against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) class target.
One of our most masterfully backronymed research efforts is also our newest AI funding opp. Teaching AI to Leverage Overlooked Residuals (TAILOR) aims to improve human performance optimization interventions thru AI-mediated analysis of complete data sets. https://t.co/mxIWUZsouJ pic.twitter.com/2UJCm7iVPY— DARPA (@DARPA) May 1, 2019
Our SIGMA+ program put new chemical sensors through their paces at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Dugway Proving Ground. The ChemSIGMA pilot is advancing tech to protect against potential chemical attacks: https://t.co/mgFFB33Nhk. @PopMech coverage: https://t.co/EeqIuovfT6 pic.twitter.com/8ykvS3czfs— DARPA (@DARPA) April 30, 2019
This month, teams participating in our #SubTChallenge tested their systems & sensors in a representative environment before the Tunnel Circuit this August. They earned points by accurately locating, identifying & reporting artifacts placed w/in tunnels. https://t.co/7Fu8HUOmtF pic.twitter.com/EtA3cAjgtW— DARPA (@DARPA) April 30, 2019