Welcome to Research, Technology & Laboratories

Our  Vision:

Foster innovation and scientific and technological dominance across the Department of Defense, with our domestic partnerships and international alliances, and through excellent S&T workforce today and tomorrow


Our  Mission:  

Sustaining U.S. scientific and technological superiority to enable unquestioned battlefield dominance

About Us

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 Deputy Director, RT&L serves as the advocate for the DoD laboratories and engineering centers, Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs), Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), and serves as the leader for the Defense-wide STEM education, outreach, and workforce development. This office is a proponent for basic research, small business engagement, and rapid innovation, while setting the tone for homeland defense capability development and ensuring our S&T priorities are focused on modernization.


DoD Supports Advanced Manufacturing Education and Workforce Opportunities

With an acute skilled-labor gap facing U.S. industry, the Department of Defense (DoD) is moving aggressively to help build an educated, technology-enabled workforce that can support the development of a world-leading manufacturing sector. For the full article, read here. For the full article, read here.

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DoD SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program

As the 2021 scholarship season kicks off, degree-seekers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be hard-pressed to find an opportunity with better terms than this: full tuition plus stipend paid for a college and/or graduate degree, with guaranteed placement at a world-class research institution upon graduation. Find out more here.

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DoD Awards $31 Million to National Defense Education Program Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

The Department of Defense announced the selection of 12 awardees for the National Defense Education Program Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) awards.

These distinguished educational and industry partners will receive more than $31 million over a three-year period to establish or expand STEM education, outreach, and workforce initiatives for students and educators from early childhood through postsecondary. The goal of this effort is to establish programs to better position the current and next-generation STEM workforce, which is critical to the Department and our Nation’s security.

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DMEA Invention Delivers New Insights into Radiation and Temperature Effects on Space-Based Microelectronics.

McClellan Park, California—To operate successfully across the globe, U.S. military forces depend on the 24/7/365 availability of space-based systems like telecommunications and observational satellites. This means that these systems must operate reliably, often for decades, in a harsh environment where they face temperature extremes and ionizing radiation in the form of energetic atomic particles traveling,…

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DoD Released Assessment of Rapid Innovation Fund Effectiveness FY 2011-2016 by TechLink

The Small Business and Technology Partnership Office recently released a report on its TechLink study of FY 2011-2016 Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) participants. This study was commissioned to assess RIF effectiveness with respect to program objectives and transition. Small business and follow-on Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer awards were of particular interest. The report is available at: https://www.dodrif.us

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Defense Department Invests $42 Million to Awardees in Manufacturing Engineering Education Program

Arlington, VA – The Department of Defense, through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, is pleased to announce the selection of nine awardees for the Manufacturing Engineering Education Program (MEEP). https://www.cto.mil/dod-invests-42-million-to-meep/

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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.

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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.

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New Instruction on Technology Protection Released

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

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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