The FY2017 NDAA outlines the powers and duties of the USD (R&E) to include:
Research, Technology & Laboratories Leadership
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Independent Research & Development (IR&D) is a key source of innovation for the department. In 2010, under the Better Buying Power 1.0 initiative, DoD staff engaged with industry and government to learn about what we could to improve IR&D effectiveness. The key challenge identified was communication—industry wanted information about Department investment priorities to better help them plan their IR&D investment projects and DoD planning was hampered by limited insight into industry IR&D projects.
The Defense Innovation Marketplace website was created to be a consolidated resource for both DoD and industry to help enable this communication.