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Updates from Across the R&E Enterprise

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    Space Development Agency Makes Awards for 126 Satellites to Build Tranche 1 Transport Layer

    February 28, 2022


    The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced the awards of three prototype agreements worth approximately $1.8 billion to establish the foundation for Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL), a mesh network of 126 optically-interconnected space vehicles (SV) that will provide a resilient, low-latency, high-volume data transport communication system, and be ready for launch starting in September 2024.

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    The OUSD(R&E) Deputy Director for Engineering released two guidebooks in February 2022

    February 14, 2022


    The Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook and Systems Engineering Guidebook replace Chapter 3, Systems Engineering, of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook. The Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook describes the activities, processes, and practices involved in the development of DoD systems. The guidebook aligns with the engineering disciplines covered in DoD Instruction 5000.88, Engineering of Defense Systems, and focuses on recommended engineering best practices for the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework acquisition pathways.

    The Systems Engineering Guidebook provides systems engineering guidance and recommended best practices for defense acquisition programs. It is intended for Program Managers and Systems Engineers and may be tailored for programs in any of the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework pathways (DoD Instruction 5000.02). Programs can use the guidebook, along with other acquisition business resources, to plan and execute program systems engineering activities across the system life cycle.

    See Engineering References for Program Offices for links to the guidebooks.

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    USD(R&E) Strategic Vision and Critical Technology Areas

    February 2, 2022


    The OUSD(R&E) will spearhead a National Defense Science and Technology strategy for the DoD, informed by the 2022 NDS and structured around three strategic pillars: mission focus, foundation building, and succeeding through teamwork. This technology strategy will chart a course for the United States' military to strengthen its technological superiority amidst a global race for technological advantage.

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    DoD Releases Updated Unmanned System Safety Engineering Precepts Guide for DoD Acquisition

    January 25, 2022


    DoD announced today release of an updated Unmanned System (UxS) Safety Engineering Precepts Guide for DoD Acquisition, dated August 2021, created by a joint effort of the DoD Offices of the Under Secretaries of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E) and Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S). The Guide was updated to better support Service safety reviews and the design and development of safe UxSs and associated firmware, hardware, and safety significant software.

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    2021 Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Awards

    December 16, 2021


    The Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program (DoD ManTech) and the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP) recognized the hard work and outstanding performance of nominees and winners of the Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Awards (DMTAA) at the 2021 Defense Manufacturing Conference in Denver, Colorado from December 13-16. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) ManTech Program in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering oversees the DoD ManTech Program and the JDMTP.

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    DoD Kicks Off 5G Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Experimentation at Hill AFB

    December 2, 2021


    The Department of Defense hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the successful deployment of a private 5G cellular network at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 2, 2021. Led by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), and managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the project will evaluate the technical feasibility, methodologies, and utility of spectrum sharing and coexistence with diverse 5G networks in a band of vital importance to commercial industry.

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    DoD Announced Awards of $20K each for the 2021-2022 Cohort of the Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows

    November 10, 2021


    The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 cohort of the Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows. In partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program, over 115 applicants from 88 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award. Those chosen for the Peace and Security Scholar Fellowship show great potential to advance the peacebuilding and security fields and to positively influence policy and practice.

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    Fiscal Year 2021 George F. Linsteadt Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer

    November 3, 2021


    The Department of Defense (DoD) Technology Transfer (T2) program recently announced the George F. Linsteadt Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer winner for Fiscal Year 2021. The DoD has selected Dr. James D. Kearns, Technical Transfer Program Manager for the Office of Research and Technology Applications supporting the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW/XP), as part of the Plans and Programs Division, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

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    DoD Awards $46 Million in University Research Equipment Awards

    October 29, 2021


    Arlington, VA - The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced awards to 144 university researchers totaling $46 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). These grants will be provided to 81 institutions across 35 states in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.

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    DoD Awards a $321 Million 7-Year Extension to AIM Photonics

    October 25, 2021


    On September 29, 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a $321 million, 7-year cooperative agreement to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) to continue its role leading the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). AIM Photonics, headquartered at the Albany NanoTech Complex in New York, will continue to collaborate with public and private entities to advance U.S. leadership in manufacturing integrated photonic circuits. In support of this follow-on assistance agreement, $165 million in federal funding will be combined with over $156 million in non-federal cost-share from companies, colleges and universities, and state and local governments.

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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.

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    DOD Launches Centers of Excellence at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    September 14, 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 awards totaling $15 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish Centers of Excellence (COEs) in Biotechnology and Materials Science.

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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.

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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.

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 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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    FY21 BOOST Program Awardees

    May 10, 2021


    The Department of Defense’s (DOD) Biotech Optimized for Operational Solutions and Tactics (BOOST) Program has awarded $5 million in total to five selected technology development proposals for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). The DDRE(R&T) in OUSD(R&E) oversees the BOOST Program.

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    Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Integral to U.S. Pandemic Response

    May 5, 2021


    When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. in early 2020 and overwhelmed the nation's supply of personal protective equipment, the Defense Department's Manufacturing Innovation Institutes leveraged their public-private partnerships to enable manufacturers to quickly pivot and ramp up production to respond to frontline health care workers' PPE needs and protect Americans against COVID-19 exposure.

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    2021 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

    May 5, 2021


    Arlington, VA – On May 5th, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the selection of eight distinguished faculty scientists and engineers for the 2021 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows (VBFF). The highly competitive fellowship is the DoD’s flagship single investigator award for basic research. VBFF is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, with grants managed by the Office of Naval Research.

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    DoD S&T Executive Committee Meets for Annual Strategic Review

    April 29, 2021


    The Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology Executive Committee (S&T ExCom), coordinated by the Office of the Under Secretary for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), is proud to announce the winner of the 2021 Applied Research for Advancement of S&T Priorities (ARAP) Program Award Competition.

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    Winner of FY21 Applied Research for Advancement of S&T Priorities Program Award

    April 28, 2021


    The Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology Executive Committee (S&T ExCom), coordinated by the Office of the Under Secretary for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), is proud to announce the winner of the 2021 Applied Research for Advancement of S&T Priorities (ARAP) Program Award Competition.

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    IDENT 2020 Winner

    April 27, 2021


    Cyrus Jabbari, a DDR&E(AC) analyst with the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) recently distinguished himself as the winner of the Integrated Discovery of Emerging and Novel Technologies (IDENT) 2020.

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    COE-AI/ML at Howard

    April 1, 2021


    The DoD, through OUSD(R&E), launched a $7.5 million Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (COE-AI/ML) at Howard University. The COE-AI/ML will focus on developing and evaluating trustworthy, reliable, and robust ML algorithms and AI systems for mission critical applications. The center is part of the DoD’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) Research and Education Program.

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    COE-AQS at Delaware State

    April 1, 2021


    The DoD, through OUSD(R&E), launched a $7.5 million Center of Excellence in Advanced Quantum Sensing (COE-AQS) at Delaware State University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The COE-AQS will stimulate research and innovation leading to the development of novel quantum sensing technologies and methodologies. The center was awarded as part of the DoD’s research and education program for HBCUs and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).

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    Defense Department Launches $7.5 Million COE-NC4

    March 12, 2021


    The DoD, through OUSD(R&E), launched a $7.5 million Center of Excellence in Networked Configurable Command, Control and Communications for Rapid Situational Awareness (COE-NC4) at the University of California, Riverside, a Hispanic-serving minority institution. Administered by the Army Research Laboratory, the Center is part of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) Research and Education Program, supporting the DoD's commitment to building a diverse pipeline of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics talent.

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    2021 MURI Competition

    February 2021


    Arlington, VA - The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced $179 million in funding awards to 25 teams that participated in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) competition. The winning teams, which represent 57 academic institutions nationwide, will receive five-year grants—contingent upon satisfactory research progress and the availability of funds—to pursue basic research that spans multiple scientific disciplines.

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    DoD Additive Manufacturing Strategy

    January 2021


    The Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology (OSD ManTech) Program Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) released its first-ever comprehensive Additive Manufacturing (AM) Strategy in January 2021. The AM Strategy establishes a common vision for the use of this game-changing technology, which is also known as three-dimensional (3D) printing. OSD ManTech, which is under the Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E) Office in OUSD(R&E), crafted the Strategy in partnership with the Military Services and other defense agencies.

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    5G Challenge to Develop Open 5G Systems

    January 11, 2021 - DOD News


    The Department of Defense, in coordination with the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), announced a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to explore a new 5G Challenge aimed at accelerating the development of an open 5G ecosystem that can support DoD missions.

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    DoD International Science & Technology Engagement Strategy

    December 28, 2020 - DOD News


    Acting Under Secretary Michael Kratsios signed the DOD International Science and Technology Engagement Strategy, which supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) directive to strengthen alliances and attract new partners.

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    DOD Approves $87 Million for Newest Bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute

    October 20, 2020 - DoD News


    Today, the Department of Defense announced an $87 million, seven-year award to the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE), a nonprofit created by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC), for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII). BioMADE, headquartered at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, will collaborate with public and private entities to advance sustainable and reliable bioindustrial manufacturing technologies.

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    Department of Defense Announces $197.2 Million for Microelectronics

    October 15, 2020 - DoD News


    Today, the Department of Defense announced it has awarded over $197 million to advance microelectronics technology and strengthen the American microelectronics industrial base. This critical industry will underpin the development of other Department of Defense technology priorities such as artificial intelligence, 5G communications, quantum computing, and autonomous vehicles.

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    DOD Establishes Joint Hypersonics Transition Office Systems Engineering Field Activity at NSWC Crane

    October 15, 2020 - DoD News


    Today, the DoD established its Joint Hypersonics Transition Office Systems Engineering Field Activity at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. Through this partnership, located in Crane, Indiana, the Department can leverage the growing suite of government, industry, and academic leaders associated with NSWC Crane. Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Dr. Mark Lewis, and JHTO Director, Dr. Gillian Bussey, announced the JHTO Systems Engineering Field Activity opening in a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 15th with Governor Eric Holcomb.

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    DOD Kicks Off World’s Largest Dual-Use 5G Testing Effort

    October 9, 2020 - By C. Todd Lopez, DoD News


    Defense Department officials announced yesterday the awarding of $600 million in contracts to 15 prime contractors to perform testing and evaluation of 5G technologies at five military installations across the United States, said the acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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