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.


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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Air Force Research Laboratory Engineer Wins COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon

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 Announces Recipients of the Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Department of Defense announced $650,000 in funding to 13 recipients of the Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic. “We were blown away by the overwhelming response and the ingenuity and creativity in the proposals we reviewed,” said Dr. JihFen Lei, acting director of defense research and engineering for research and technology.…

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The Department of Defense Announces Awards of $20,000 each for the 2020-2021 Cohort of the Minerva-U.S. Institute of Peace, Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows

The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 cohort of the Minerva-USIP, Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows. In partnership with the USIP’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program, more than 110 applicants from 80 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award. The dissertations chosen for the Peace and Security…

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