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​The annual Pacific Operational S&T (POST) Conference is being held virtually this year, with open sessions on 8-9 March and classified sessions on 10-11 March. Registration fee for Government civilians is $100 through 25 Feb, $125 after that. Active duty military members registration is complimentary. Event site:


Registration for FY21 DAU courses opens on 27 Aug 20. All STM classes in Q1 will be conducted by Virtual Instructor Led Training using Webex Training and/or MS Teams CVR. It is unclear at this time how classes in Q2 will be conducted (in-person or virtually) and, if virtually, what application will be used (Webex Training or MS Teams Education). DAU is supposed to start converting to MS Teams Education later this calendar year but the transition period is not yet clearly defined.


​DAU will host a webcast on 15 Sep 20, 1230-1400 EDT, presented by Ms. Melinda Reed on the new DoDI 5000.83, "Technology and Program Protection to Maintain Technological Advantage." This instruction was published on 20 Jul 20. See the event's web page for more info and for the link to join the webcast on 15 Sep.


I've added all STM 203 and STM 304 courses in the FY19 iCatalog to the STM CoP calendar. I also added the five major forum events for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA): Aviation, Propulsion and Energy, Space, SciTech, and Defense. I posted a blog about a recent interview of Dan Dumbacher, new AIAA Executive Director, on The Space Show, including a link to the one-hour podcast.


​On 9 Jan 2019, 1230-1400 EST, DTIC will present an overview of the DoD Techipedia and DoD Techspace sites in a DAU Lunch and Learn event via WebEx. Access the event at the following web page:


In October 2018, there are two DAU Lunch N Learns of interest to the STM, and technical community in general.

17 October: Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Overview presented by Roger Garay.

24 October: Other Transaction Authority.

Both sessions are scheduled from 1230-1400 EDT and are conducted via WebEx internet meeting application.

Registration is free for all DAU Lunch N Learns and can be accomplished at​


DARPA D60 Symposium is scheduled for 5-7 September 2018 at the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center, National Harbor, MD.​

"D60 is a three-day symposium hosted by DARPA in honor of its 60th Anniversary, which will highlight the Agency’s work to create breakthrough technologies and capabilities throughout its past, up to the present, and into the future. Consistent with the aims of previous DARPA events, the D60 Symposium seeks to:

  • Strengthen and expand DARPA’s innovation ecosystem by engaging a broader swath of scientists and technologists across the nation’s academic and industrial bases
  • Inform stakeholders about DARPA’s vision and priorities, in the context of national security, to better enable collaboration
  • Inspire the technical research community to seek R&D partnerships with the Agency by sharing DARPA’s record of innovative achievements"


​Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC 20001

21-23 August 2018

See STM CoP Calendar for more information about this event.


NDIA event to be held 10-11 April 2018 at the Waterford​ in Springfield, VA. For more info, go to:


This year's conference will be held 20-22 March 2018 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, TX. For more info, go to:​


​This NDIA event will be held on 12-14 March 2018 in San Diego, CA. More info can be found at:


NDIA event held 13-14 March 2018 at the Waterford in Springfield, VA. For more information, go to:​


The NDIA-sponsored event will be held 6-8 March 2018 at the Hilton-McLean-Tysons Corner VA. Event information can be found at:​


​Dr. Thomas P. Russell, DASA(R&T), will speak at the NDIA S&ET Executive Breakfast event that starts at 0700 on 8 Feb 2018 at NDIA facility in Arlington, VA. Registration, agenda, and other information can be found at the event page at:


The 18th Annual NDIA Science & Engineering Technology Conference was held 18-20 April 2017 at Fort Myer, VA.

This annual conference has presentations by numerous S&T related offices in OSD, as well as all DoD agencies and Services.

These presentations are excellent updates to the budget and direction of DoD S&T activities. From the Acting DASD (Research & Engineering) providing his expectation of the future DoD focus, to the directors of all agencies, it's a great resource for updated unclassified summaries. The Services' and Combatant Commands' summaries provide their direction and budgets for developing Service-specific technologies.

The conference proceedings are available at

​Gideon Grudo of Air Force Magazine reports that AFRL held its Lab Day recnetly. Link to his story is below. 2017/Catching-RPAs-Using-Actual-Nets-and-Other-AFRL-Innovations-at-Lab-Day.aspx



I'm starting a research project to look at the challenges and issues faced by U.S. Air Force science and technology (S&T) from 2006 to the present. Mainly, I plan to bring up to date the discussion contained in a paper published in 2005 by the National Defense University that looked at Air Force S&T funding challenges. My research will update the data contained in that paper and status the issues and recommendations that the earlier paper addressed. I also plan to briefly describe other issues that might have arisen during the 2006-2011/2012 period and set the stage for future research.

I'm soliciting and welcome any suggestions that my fellow community members want to make. My work email is

Thank you in advance for any suggestions you make.


Expected benefit of this announcement is to access broad experience base possessed by community members which should help research project gety started quickly in the right direction.


The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, formerly the Director of Defense Research and engineering, has just released a summary of the Defense Laboratory Enterprise. this is an identification and summary of all of the laboratories and development centers in the Air Force, Army and Navy. This is published by the Director for Laboratories, ASD(R&E), to highlight the annual $30B efforts by our labs to develop and innovate new technologies for use by the warfighters. 

This document brings together all of the Service labs and development centers and highlights their primary focus and activities. It is intended to highlight the numerous and high quality centers which continuously provide the advanced technology to improve combat capability and better protect our warfighters.

The referenced document can be found at

Reference Link:
Defense Laboratory Enterprise, Research Directorate, OASD(R&E)


Formerly the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Research & Engineering Portal, it was an excellent source for information and activities within the scope of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (ASD(R&E)).ASD(R&E) was formerly known as the DoD Director for Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E).

The R&E Portal has been relocated into the DTIC primary website listed below. It is open to all federal government and US defense industry employees.

Once at the website, click on the green "DTIC Online" box in the upper right.

Inform the DoD S&T workforce on DoD technology initiatives to encourage new and innovative ideas on how to do business with DoD. Part of the federal government's initiative to solicit outside ieads.

The Portal provides single-point access to all current R&E electronic information, including:

all DTIC technical data resources (eg, STINET collection)

• Defense Science & Technology Planning Documents

• ASD(R&E) financial databases (Congressional Budget Queries)

• other ASD(R&E) resources (eg, Global Technology Knowledge Base)

Pulls data from existing (albeit modified) service and agency data management


R&E Points of Contact

News Service

Emerging Technologies Analysis Portal (ETAP)

Links to useful sites

….and more….

Be able to intelligently search all data

Have Single sign-on capability (one password, multi-level security)

Customer base: DoD R&E community (civil service, military, approved contractors)


​According to the DAU iCatalog page, the DAU course calendar for FY22 Q1 and Q2 opens for registration on 26 Aug 21. The Q3 and Q4 calendar is slated for deployment on 27 Jan 22.

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