DoD Research & Engineering

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.

Pentagon Showcases Its Organic Laboratories

April 25, 2019 - David Vergun

WASHINGTON, DC - The Defense Department’s organic laboratories develop weapons, medical technology and other equipment. Hundreds had exhibit booths set up in the Pentagon courtyard as part of its biennial DOD Lab Day today.

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,

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 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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:

American Security

American Leadership in Industries of the Future

American Energy and Environmental Leadership

American Health & Bioeconomic Innovation

American Space Exploration and Commercialization

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.

The Official account for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E), the Department of Defense's Chief Technology Officer (CTO).


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  • Assessing Building Damage

    Aug. 12, 2019

    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.

  • SRS Fusion

    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.

  • Arrow Weapon System

    Jul. 28, 2019 - International Cooperation

    The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed a successful flight test campaign with the Arrow-3 Interceptor missile.

  • 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.


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