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

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. Valerie Browning is currently serving as the Acting Director of Defense Research & Engineering for Research & Technology (DDR&E(RT)). In this role, she provides leadership across DoD’s S&T enterprise efforts to rapidly develop, mature and protect key technologies and ensure U.S. warfighter dominance. Prior to this role she served as the Director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO) where she was responsible for all aspects of management and execution for a broad portfolio of high-risk, high payoff research initiatives focused on game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.

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).