Welcome to the Human Systems Directorate (HSD)

Ensuring DoD Science & Technology Maximizes Warfighter Lethality



Superior Warfighter lethality in all domains through innovative research and Science & Technology policy



Frame, shape, integrate, and oversee DoD research investments, policies, and practices to ensure Warfighter dominance across all military operations

Research targeted to assess and optimize performance, nutrition, cognition, and integration with manned, unmanned, and autonomous systems for seamless operation in all domains

Research targeted to optimize the Military Health System's ability to provide cutting-edge care for the warfighter and their families, and to leverage biological science advances for Defense innovation


Environmental Sciences

Research targeted to understand, project, assess, and mitigate challenges and hazards the warfighter likely will encounter in current and future operational environments

Ensure DoD-wide awareness of and compliance with statutes, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures for human subjects and animal use in research and training