DoD's Manufacturing Innovation Institutes: Changing Lives and Enabling Warfighting Capabilities


Dr. Steven G. Wax, Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology, meets with the leadership at Advanced Functional Fabrics of America during a recent Manufacturing Innovation Institutes engagement in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to learn more about the MII's partnership with academia, government and industry.

TIDE Event


The Department of Defense and other U.S. interagency representatives met with 117 technology developers in an invitations-only Technology Discovery Event Aug. 30 in Chantilly, Virginia.

DTRAM, Version 6.4


The Defense Technical Risk Assessment Methodology, Version 6.4, updates Version 6.3 by strengthening Corrosion Prevention and Control.

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FY 2023 Research Awards to Minority-Serving Institutions


DoD announced awards totaling $61.7 million to 82 university researchers under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI) Research and Education Program.

Sea-Air-Space summit at National Harbor

DOD Official Describes How Capabilities Are Generated for Warfighters


Taking joint warfighting concepts and translating them into the capabilities that are needed for the future in a highly contested fight is a key focus, said Heidi Shyu, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, who spoke today on a panel at the Sea-Air-Space summit at National Harbor, Maryland.

DoD Manufacturing Strategy


The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, informed by the 2022 National Defense Strategy and Executive Order 14081 (Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy) spearheaded development of the DoD Biomanufacturing Strategy.

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Fiscal Year 2023 Research Funding Awards


The DoD announced $220 million in awards for basic research projects as part of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Program.

Updates from Across the R&E Enterprise

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    Face of Defense: After 50 Years of Service, A DoD Engineer Bids Goodbye

    April 9 2024

    In a heartfelt farewell to 50 years of unwavering service, Dr. Steven G. Wax, the acting lead for science and technology within the Office of the Under Secretary of Research and Engineering, has bid goodbye to his tenure, leaving behind an indelible mark on the Defense Department’s R&D enterprise.


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    DoD Releases Online Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge Version 4.0 for Engineering Workforce

    January 24, 2023

    The Department of Defense released Version 4.0 of the Online Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge January 24, 2024. This free resource assists the public and private sector workforce in designing, engineering, and safeguarding CRWS.

    Version 4.0 adds new features, design and usability upgrades, and security improvements to encourage and enhance user engagement. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense’s System Security Directorate launched this vital resource in May 2021 for the system security engineering and science and technology communities. Since then, SysSec has released several version updates to improve the CRWS-BoK user experience.


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    Released: DoD Instruction 5000.97, “Digital Engineering”

    January 2024

    SE&A Policy and Workforce completed and USD(R&E) approved DoD Instruction 5000.97, “Digital Engineering,” available from the Washington Headquarters Services website. Digital engineering supports the systems engineering process by moving the primary means of communicating systems information from documents to digital models and their underlying data. Digital engineering is a critical practice in an environment of dynamic threats, system complexity, and rapidly evolving technologies.  The DoD instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for implementing digital engineering in the development and sustainment of defense systems.  Specifically, the issuance directs program managers to implement digital engineering practices to maximize the benefit and to support a comprehensive systems engineering program. SE&A info sheet summarizing DoDI 5000.97


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    DSB, Dutch Delegation Discuss Academic Research Security

    December 21, 2023

    The Defense Science Board hosted a visiting Dutch delegation to discuss its findings and recommendations by the DSB Task Force on “Balancing Openness and Security Across the DOD Academic Research Enterprise,” on December 13 in Arlington, Virginia.


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    OUSD(R&E) Releases an Update to the Mission Engineering Guide

    December 18, 2023

    The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering has released an update to the original Department of Defense Mission Engineering Guide to ensure all levels of practitioners have a clear understanding of the purpose, attributes, and benefits of conducting mission engineering.

    The latest version details the mission engineering methodology and provides updated terminology and principles for developing rigorous analytic products. It describes how to develop mission-based, quantifiable outputs from mission engineering, including baseline and alternative mission architectures, models, simulations, datasets, and results.

    “These updates reflect feedback from a wide audience, including practitioners and organizations both inside and outside of the DoD,” said Technical Director for Mission Integration Marc J. Goldenberg,
    “Mission engineering is a flexible, tailorable, and iterative approach that can be used to support a diverse set of consumers and address a variety of questions based on scope, complexity, and time,” Goldenberg added.

    The updates are especially important today as the nation faces a new era of near-peer competition in which the old operational and mission architectures may need to be reimagined. The 2023 National Defense Science and Technology Strategy, published by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, noted “making the right technology investments will require the DoD to harness the analytic power of modeling and simulation to inform our assessments of emerging technologies that have greater operational value.” Mission engineering will aid in making those decisions and the updated guide will help drive those efforts.

    The tools from this guide enable the Department to deliver quantitative mission-focused results that facilitate the mission engineering process and improve the quality and robustness of information made available to decision makers.

    “Mission engineering develops and analyzes kill chains using advanced analytic methods and tools to engineer mission outcomes. It allows us to identify the right set of capabilities needed by the Joint Force in a relevant time frame,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Mission Integration, Elmer L. Roman.

    The guide is available online from the Department of Defense Chief Technology Officer’s website at https://ac.cto.mil/mission-engineering/


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    DOD Recognizes Technology Transfer Professionals

    November 6, 2023

    The Defense Department recognized today several science and technology professionals for excellence in shaping the department's technology transfer community as part of this year's George F. Linsteadt Awards ceremony.


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    Joint Federated Assurance Center Portal for the Research and Engineering Workforce

    October 5, 2023

    The Department of Defense (DoD) released the newly updated Joint Federated Assurance Center portal recently. This free resource provides publicly available hardware and software assurance information to assist both public and private research and engineering workforce sectors in building and maintaining reliable, safe, and secure DoD systems.


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    Collaboration enriches S&T ecosystem

    September 13, 2023

     

    Collaborating with the defense science and technology community at each phase of the innovation process is key to deter and defeat aggressive actions, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu said during a fireside at the National Defense Industry Association's Emerging Technology Institute's Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C., August 29.

     


     

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    Online Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge Version 3.2 for Engineering Workforce

    August 31, 2023

    The DoD announced the Version 3.2 release of the Online Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge (CRWS-BoK). This free resource provides publicly available information to assist the public and private sector workforce in designing, engineering, and safeguarding CRWS. The System Security (SysSec) Directorate in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering first launched this vital resource in May 2021 for the system security engineering (SSE) and science and technology (S&T) communities. Since then, SysSec has launched several version updates to enhance the user experience.

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    R&E Showcases Major Engineering Initiatives at International Symposium

    August 22, 2023

    Four teams from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering showcased major initiatives in digital engineering, model-based systems engineering, systems engineering modernization, cyber resiliency, and cross-domain solutions at the International Council on Systems Engineering's 33rd International Symposium July 15-20 in Honolulu.


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    Released: Defense Technical Risk Assessment Methodology, Version 6.4

    May 19, 2023

    The Defense Technical Risk Assessment Methodology, Version 6.4, updates Version 6.3 by strengthening Corrosion Prevention and Control. This addition aligns with DoD Instruction 5000.88, Engineering of Defense Systems. The update emphasizes the importance of the requirement to reduce costly corrosion issues in systems over their life span. Contact: osd.r-e.comm@mail.mil | Attn: SE&A P&G


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    National Defense Science and Technology Strategy

    May 9, 2023

    The DoD today released the unclassified version of the National Defense Science and Technology Strategy, or NDSTS. Guided by the National Defense Strategy, the NDSTS articulates the science and technology priorities, goals, and investments of the Department and makes recommendations on the future of the defense research and engineering enterprise.


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    2023 Immersive Commercial Acquisition Training Program

    May 3, 2023

    Access to cutting-edge, commercial technology is vital for our national security. To ensure service members have timely access to commercial technology, the Department of Defense (DoD) is promoting broader use of agile acquisition methods by training a corps of acquisition professionals on the Defense Innovation Unit's (DIU's) acquisition process.


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    DoD Announces Fiscal Year 2023 Research Awards to Minority-Serving Institutions

    May 3, 2023

     

    Today, DoD announced awards totaling $61.7 million to 82 university researchers under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI) Research and Education Program. Individual awards of up to $800,000 will support research projects in defense priority areas at 50 institutions, including 12 HBCUs and 38 MSIs across 18 states and the District of Columbia.

     


     

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    Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge Version 3.1

    April 19, 2023

    The DoD announced the Version 3.1 release of the Online Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge (CRWS-BoK). This free resource provides publicly available information to assist the public and private sector workforce in designing, engineering, and safeguarding CRWS.


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    Software Engineering for Continuous Delivery of Warfighting Capability

    April 2023

     

    OUSD(R&E) Systems Engineering and Architecture (SE&A) released the guide Software Engineering for Continuous Delivery of Warfighting Capability to assist Program Management Offices, defense engineers, software engineers, and acquisition officials to plan and execute software development in an environment of changing software technologies and acquisition approaches. The guide draws on experience and best practice from more than a decade of program engagements on software-enabled systems spanning all warfighting domains.

     


     

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    Women's History Month

    March 2023

    March is Women's History Month. We take this opportunity to celebrate women and reflect on their contributions to our military and our nation. Inspired by their determination, we in the Department of Defense commit ourselves to empowering the girls who will grow up to be leaders in the DoD and across America.


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    DoD Biomanufacturing Strategy

    March 22, 2023

    The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, informed by the 2022 National Defense Strategy and Executive Order 14081 (Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy) spearheaded development of the DoD Biomanufacturing Strategy.


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    Fiscal Year 2023 Research Funding Awards

    March 21, 2023

    The DoD announced $220 million in awards for basic research projects as part of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Program. At an average award amount of $7.1 million over five years, these competitive grants will support 31 teams located at 61 U.S. academic institutions, subject to satisfactory research progress and the availability of funds.


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    DoD Awards $2 Million for Social Science Research under DECUR

    March 8, 2023




    The DoD announced the selection of six DoD and university faculty teams to pursue fundamental social science research through the Defense Education and Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership, a program under DoD's Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva).




  • Derick Buckles works in the lab at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. The Department of the Air Force is seeking the identification and selection of the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities-led University Affiliated Research Center. The UARC will be the 15th in the Defense Department and it will focus on tactical autonomy.

    Black History Month

    February 2023

     

     

    Every February, we celebrate Black History Month and honor the exceptional contributions Black Americans make to the United States and the Department of Defense.

     


     

  • Engineers Week 2023

    February 23, 2023

     

     

    In recognition of DiscoverE's nationwide Engineers Week, the DoD Washington Headquarters Services, Facilities Services Directorate (WHS FSD) and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) will host an event February 23 at the Pentagon to celebrate the importance of engineering as a profession and the work engineers contribute to national defense.

     


     

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    Science and Technology Protection Course for the Federal Government Workforce

    February 10, 2023

     

     

    The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (R&E) and Defense Acquisition University (DAU) announces the release of a new DAU course, "Fundamentals of Science and Technology Protection." Developed in partnership between R&E's Maintaining Technology Advantage (MTA) Directorate and DAU, this free, online training course provides Science and Technology (S&T) managers with guidance on how to conduct risk-informed protection planning and management to mitigate the threat of unwanted technology transfers of programs, projects, systems, and technical information to strategic competitors.

     


     

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    2023 5G Challenge for Open RAN with an Eye Toward Future Base Modernization

    February 2, 2023

     

     

    The FutureG & 5G Office of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) announces the launch of the 2023 5G Challenge. Sponsored by the FutureG & 5G Office and led by the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences division of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) from the Department of Commerce, the 5G Challenge aims to stimulate and accelerate the adoption of open interfaces, interoperable components, and multi-vendor solutions toward the development of an open 5G ecosystem.

     


     

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