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At the Department of Defense, our people are the military's most enduring advantage. DoD continually seeks to increase development of a representative, world-class STEM talent pool capable of filling our workforce needs and providing continuous access to STEM talent throughout the nation.

You don’t have to be a member of the military to work for the DoD as a STEM scientist or engineer. It is a great way to give back to your country and be a part of something bigger. With labs located across the country with innovative, diverse, and creative environments, working for the DoD means being surrounded by intelligent people who are laser focused on forwarding science and technology through innovation.

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PMA-201 demonstrates SBIR technology to advance aerial refueling

In August, successful wind tunnel testing and demonstration combining two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects in simulated flight took place at the AEDC National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) 40 by 80 wind tunnel at NASA Ames, California.

Research under SBIR topic N07-172 lead to the development of Actively Stabilized Refueling Drogue System (ASDRS) by Analytical Mechanical Associated (AMA); a system that is able to counteract disturbances on the aerial refueling drogue in flight. Integrated with the N15A-T014 effort developed by Coherent Technical Services, Inc. (CTI), the Innovative Instrumentation Package: Optical Reference System (ORS), an image processing system that can determine drogue position with Hi-Resolution video has resulted in a more stable aerial refueling platform. These began as two separate Science and Technology efforts in response to two independent needs.

The ASDRS/ORS Test team in the AEDC Full Scale Wind Tunnel, August 2019.

 

Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM

On 9 July, Spelman College, a Historically Black College for women, was awarded a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM. Funded through the DoD Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program, the Center is devoted to advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research capabilities through faculty and student training, coursework development, and research collaborations with DoD Service Components.


The Center will promote the scholarly development of undergraduate minority women to prepare them for advanced degrees in STEM and particularly for research careers in areas that support the mission of the DoD. Research areas comprise those of critical importance to the Department to include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cyber security, and supports the FY 2018 congressional add—by way of Senator David Perdue (R-GA)—for increasing minority women participation in STEM activities. The Center is funded at $2 million and has a four year period of performance.

For more information about the DoD HBCU/MI Program.

‘Connects the Dots’ for quantum networks


Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed a new technique that could enable future advancements in quantum technology. Read more on the impact of this cross-cutting technology on the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory website.