Welcome to Research & Technology

Our Vision:

Posture the R&D Enterprise to create far-reaching technology innovations and set them on a trajectory to create U.S. military technical advantage

    • A DoD S&T Enterprise recognized globally for technical excellence and thought leadership
    • A balanced approach between maintaining scientific collaboration and protecting American scientific advances from illicit exploitation
    • Accelerated technology advancement by harnessing the full range of DoD’s science and innovation base


15 DoD For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology robotics teams win Chairman’s Award for the 2019-2020 season

August 3, 2020

Out of 3,800 FIRST Robotics Competition teams at district and regional competitions worldwide this season, 15 DoD-sponsored FRC teams received the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes teams that best represent a model for other teams to emulate and embody the purpose and goals of FIRST. For more information, a blog post is located at https://dodstem.us/blog-posts/2020/celebrating-first-robotics-2019-2020-season-achievements.

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division Scientists and Engineers Developed new Software for Sensors to Detect Fever

August 3, 2020

NSWC has developed rapidly deployable technology called the Sensor Agnostic Febrile Detection System. This new software can be used with any emissive source detection sensor to accurately detect people in a crowd with a body temperature above a certain norm. More information can be found at: https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Media/News/SavedNewsModule/Article/2276500/nswc-crane-engineers-develop-rapidly-deployable-tech-for-detecting-fever.

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New Instruction on Technology Protection Released

August 3, 2020

The new DoDI 5000.83, Technology and Program Protection to Maintain Technological Advantage, was released on July 20. This new DoDI contributes to increasing the lethality of our forces through implementation of enhanced technology protection across the DoD enterprise. The document is available on the WHS website at: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/500083p.pdf?ver=2020-07-20-150345-930.

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division Helps Fight COVID-19

July 30, 2020

Scientists and engineers at NSWC Carderock used 3D printers to create facemasks, visors, and a flattened, hook-shaped door opener that allows doors to be opened without touching them. Learn more at: https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Media/News/ SavedNewsModule/Article/2267377/carderock-team-uses-talents-to-manufacture-covid-fighting-tools/.

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Air Force Research Laboratory Engineer Wins COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon

July 30, 2020

Ms. Leslie Flocken of AFRL earned first place in the COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon. Ms. Flocken led the virus modelling effort to evaluate workplace layouts and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at: https://www.robins.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2270011/afrl-engineer-earns-first-place-in-covid-19-virtual-hackathon/.

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DOD Awards $24 Million for the 2020 Class of the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

May 12, 2020

The Department of Defense has selected eight distinguished faculty scientists and engineers and provided $24 million in fellowship funds as part of the 2020 Class of the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows. Click here for a complete list of this year’s winners. For the fiscal year 2020 competition, the Department received more than 200 white papers,…

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About Us

The Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology leads the Department's work to create DoD's technology advantage. DDR&E (R&T) also:

  • Oversees the Department’s entire Science and Technology portfolio.
  • Advocates for the Department’s S&T workforce and laboratory infrastructure.
  • Oversees the Department’s Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC)
  • Helps to cultivate the next generation of S&T professionals for the Department.
  • Advises on the Department’s critical technology protection policy.
  • Oversees the health of the Defense technical industrial base.

Dr. JihFen Lei is the Principal Deputy, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology and Acting Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology.  She also serves as the Mission Area Advisor for National Defense Strategy technology development implementation and oversees activities in Microelectronics, Cyber, Quantum Science, Directed Energy and Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence.

The Office of Research, Technology, and Laboratories (RT&L) fosters innovation, unparalleled technical expertise, and technological dominance for the Department of Defense through leading-edge S&T research programs, stewardship of laboratories and research institutions, development of a superior S&T workforce, engagement with other government agencies, industry and academia, and cooperation with international allies and partners.

The Office of Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation (STP&E) promotes enduring warfighter and technological dominance enabled through superior mission systems resilient to exploitation; a competitive, assured national security innovation base; and preservation of technology advancements and practices.

Defense Microelectronics drives rapid modernization of defense systems through access to advanced microelectronics technologies by establishment of: secure design, assembly, packaging, and test capabilities; full lifecycle confidentiality, and integrity; sustainable sources of mission essential technologies; and an invigorated domestic ecosystem to rapidly and securely mature emerging advanced technology.

DTIC collects, disseminates, and analyzes scientific and technical (S&T) information to rapidly and reliably deliver the knowledge base that propels the development of warfighter capabilities. DTIC manages DoD's sole centralized S&T repository of 4.6M+ documents from across the Services and agencies; provides verified users access to unclassified, controlled and classified S&T information; and via the DoD Information Analysis Centers, solves technology challenges through rapid, flexible and low-cost research services.

The Joint Reserve Directorate (JRD) enhances OSD operations and decision-making by providing expertise on emerging and innovative concepts, technologies, strategies, and practices not traditionally available to research and engineering leaders and DoD.

The mission of the Defense Science and Technology Reliance 21 Initiative is to ensure integrated and coordinated strategic planning for the Department of Defense S&T program. Through the collaborative efforts of Communities of Interest and guided by the S&T Executive Committee (S&T ExCom), Reliance 21 continuously aligns our S&T investments to support the warfighter priorities and capability gaps, which the Department can only accomplish through the coordinated efforts of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Military Departments, and Defense Agencies.

The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) is a five-nation, defense innovation network that harnesses science and technology in support of the national defense and security of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The US Principal and Deputy within TTCP are provided by DDR&E(R&T).

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US-UK Stocktake

The US-UK Science and Technology (S&T) Defense Review, also known as the US-UK S&T Stocktake, strategically directs and balances short- and long-term S&T priorities, responds to emerging threats and opportunities, and ensures that collaborative activities complement those done in wider multilateral engagements. The US Principal and Deputy to the US-UK S&T Stocktake are provided by DDR&E(R&T).