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Our Mission


Ensuring continued United States military dominance against current and future threats requires a continuous, vigorous and innovative Defense Research Enterprise. In an era of declining budgets and resource constraints, however, managing this effort requires concerted effort by the Director, Defense Research and Engineering USD(R&E) to optimally balance effectiveness and efficiency in the pursuit of meeting the National priorities as defined by Departmental guidance. The USD(R&E) Laboratories Office supports this USD(R&E) mission by ensuring comprehensive, cogent insight into the activities and capabilities of the DoD Laboratories, who comprise a significant facet of the broader array of governmental, academic, and industrial research and engineering efforts.


DoD Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)

DoD-supported FFRDCs are independent, not-for-profit, private-sector organizations that are established and funded to meet special long-term engineering, research, development, or other analytic needs that cannot be met as effectively by government or other private-sector resources.

DoD University Affiliated Research Center (UARC)

DoD-supported UARCs are all non-profit research organizations affiliated with a university and have a set of core competencies—areas of domain expertise or specialization - that are tailored to the long-term needs of the Department.

Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL)

A Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL) is an organizational designation, historically, through a National Defense Authorization Act, or designated as such by the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)).

Defense Laboratory Enterprise

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