In what is becoming a familiar scene in American higher education, a Chinese-born scientist at a high-profile university was recently arrested for his ties to the Chinese government. About a month ago, Gang Chen, a naturalized American citizen and highly respected professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, was indicted by a grand jury for “failing to disclose contracts, appointments and awards from various entities in the People’s Republic of China.” Authorities say that Chen, who received U.S. Department of Energy grants for his research in nanotechnology, did not properly inform the agency about contracts entitling him to “hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct payments” from entities in China. Chen’s lawyers have responded aggressively, accusing U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of making “false, highly inflammatory” comments that questioned Chen’s “character and reputation.” MIT has agreed to fund Chen’s defense, and hundreds of his colleagues have signed an open letter testifying to his character.Read More
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced at the Pentagon a review of how the military is postured to deter China in the Pacific region.
Biden, who was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris as he made his first visit to the department since taking office, said the review will help “chart a strong path forward on China-related matters.”Read More
15 DoD For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology robotics teams win Chairman’s Award for the 2019-2020 season
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.Read More
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division Scientists and Engineers Developed new Software for Sensors to Detect Fever
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.Read More
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.Read More
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/.Read More
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/.Read More
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,…Read More
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 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).
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).