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This Community serves as a resources for science and technology management and provides a forum for the Defense Acquisition Workforce to collaborate and share information, connecting people with the resources that can help enhance their job effectiveness. 

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Defense Innovation Unit 3.0 released 7 Feb 24
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The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), established in 2015 by USD(AT&L) Ash Carter, released its third strategy document, DIU 3.0, on 7 Feb 24. A link to DIU's press release of the article is below. It contains a link to the 14-page PDF containing the strategy.

The DIU was elevated within the DoD by SecDef Lloyd Austin in April 2023 when he directed that the organization, which had reported to the USD(R&E) since its creation, now report directly to the SecDef, while remaining administratively supported by the OUSD(R&E).

DIU 3.0 contains eight lines of effort:

1. Focus on the most critical capability gaps and embed with the warfighter to do so. 

2. Partner at every level with DOD’s “engines of scale”

3. Catalyze the DOD’s innovation entities into a community of impact.

4. Take the partnership with the commercial tech sector to a new level.

5. Realize the enormous potential of tech partnership with allies and partners.

6. Build the trust and momentum required for speed and scale.

7. Retool DIU to support all of the above.

8. Provide the Secretary and Deputy Secretary with world class “dual fluency” advice

DIU 3.0
Defense Technical Risk Assessment Methodology (DTRAM) v6.4, May 2023
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The DTRAM is primarily used by OUSD(R&E) DTE&A to conduct Independent Technical Risk Assessments (ITRAs) on Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs). The second of the eight technical areas assessed is Technology, for which factors and criteria are provided to assess risk in the technical area. All programs can benefit from using the criteria to assess their technical risk.

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OUSD(R&E) Engineers Week Event, 21 Feb 24, 1330-1500
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The Honorable Heidi Shyu, USD(R&E), will headline a DoD Engineers Week event at the Pentagon on 21 Feb 24, 1330-1500. For more info, visit the SE&A News page.

Engineers Week Event News Announcement
Engineers Week, 18-24 Feb 24
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The 19th Annual Engineers Week is coming up 18-24 Feb 24. For more info on the national celebration, visit the Discover Engineering Engineering Week webpage.

The USD(R&E) Chief Technology Officer, Honorable Heidi Shyu, will hold an event at the Pentagon on 21 Feb 24, 1330-1500. For more info on this event, visit the SE&A News page.

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GAO Report on Legislative Analysis and Coordination of Emerging Technologies, 25 Jan 24
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On 25 Jan 24, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the 68-page report GAO-24-106122 titled "Federal Regulation: Selected Emerging Technologies Highlight the Need for Legislative Analysis and Enhanced Coordination." The report discussed legislative and regulatory efforts of three federal agencies (see below) in regards to emerging technologies such as drones and AI/ML-enabled medical devices, While the DoD wasn't a focus of this report, how other federal agencies are regulating emerging technologies also used by the Department is of interest.

Agencies mainly discussed: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and Department of Transportation (DOT). Other agencies were also interviewed as well as foreign government entities and U.S. industry.

The GAO made three recommendations, one each to the FAA, DOT, and FDA.

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Atlantic Council Releases Final Report of Commission on Defense Innovation Adoption, 16 Jan 24
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The Atlantic Council's Commission on Defense Innovation Adoption, co-chaired by former SecDef Mark Esper, PhD, and former SecAF Debra Lee James, released its 42-page final report on 16 Jan 24.

The report contains 10 recommendations on how the DoD can better adopt cutting edge technology and improve the National Defense Industrial Base. I don't think any of these recommendations are new. They are:

  1. Introduce a new capability portfolio model in 2024
  2. Consolidate program elements
  3. Reset reprogramming authorities
  4. Modernize DoD to align with the twenty-first century industrial base
  5. Strengthen alignment of capital market to defense outcomes
  6. Incentivize tech companies to do business with DoD
  7. Modernize budget documents
  8. Establish bridge fund for successfully demonstrated technologies
  9. Scale the Space Development Agency (SDA) model
  10. Modernize the DoD's requirements system

The report also contains eight vignettes (aka case studies) of recent successes in areas covered by the recommendations.

  1. Leveraging operational innovation and experimentation to demonstrate the value of commercial capabilities to meet operational needs
  2. Purposeful experiementation and scaling SBIRs (Small Business Innovation Research) for more rapid and well-aligned tech adoption
  3. Tying experimentation to acquisition outcomes and leveraging DIU (Defense Innovation Unit) commercial-landscape monitoring
  4. Pivoting to modern information-technology capability portfolio management
  5. Modernizing capability requirements
  6. Communicating demand signal to leverage commercial-sector innovation and adopt private-sector best practices
  7. Leveraging warfighting insights and commercial product vision to develop new innovative products
  8. Incorporating robust user feedback with government and private seed funding to deliver unique commercial capability

The report can be accessed from the Atlantic Council site.

There is also an Inside Defense article about the report's release.

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New DoD TRA Guidebook Released, 30 Jun 23
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OUSD(R&E)'s Office of the Executive Director for Systems Engineering & Architecture (SE&A) released an updated Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) Guidebook on 30 Jun 23. This 98-page guidebook replaces the TRA Guidance published in 2011.

For those who remember the TRA Deskbook last released in 2009, this guidebook is similar in scope to that deskbook in that it goes beyond the 2011 TRA Guidance in discussing content beyond just a TRA.

Section 1 coveres the benefit of conducting TRAs, TRA in statute and DoD policy, TRAs in the commercial sector, and the GAO's TRA Guide released in 2020.

Section 2 discusses Critical Technology Elements (CTEs) and Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), including TRLs for hardware and software. The section also include discussion of assessing hardware CTEs for aircraft, ground vehicles, missiles and guided weapons, ships and ship systems, hardward for IT applications, and hardward for space systems. There's also a discussion of assessing software CTEs.

Section 3 covers four "Characteristics of a High-Quality TRA." Lilmitations of TRAs are also discussed along with Human Systems Integration considerations in TRA.

Section 4 discusses "Initiatiing and Conducting High-Quality TRAs," including key players and their roles & responsibilities, the five-step TRA process, and options for addressing immature CTEs. The section also addresses the Independent Technical Risk Assessment (ITRA) required for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs). The section wraps up with a discussion of a Technology Maturation Plan (TMP).

Section 5 is titled "TRAs for the Adaptive Acquisition Framework Pathways." Table 5-1, TRA Guidance for AAF Pathways, contains a "TRA Relevance" column for each pathway, with the Major Capability Acquisition (MCA) pathway discussed in detail in a sub-section.

Section 6 discusses four "Other Types of Readiness Levels." These are Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRLs), Integration Readiness Levels (IRLs), System Readiness Levels (SRLs), and Sustainment Maturity Levels (SMLs).

The guidebook contains three lettered appendices. Appendix A contains "Guidance and Best Practices for Identifying Critical Technology Elements." Appendix B contains a "Suggested TRA Outline." Appendix C contains a "Technology Maturation Plan Template."

The guidebook concludes with a glossary, list of acronyms, and references.

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Multi-Agency R&D Priorities for FY25 Budget memo, 17 Aug 23
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​On 17 Aug 23, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (both under the Executive Office of the President) released their annual memo "Multi-Agency Research and Development Priorities for the FY 2025 Budget."

This year's memo is only four pages, the shortest in years. The memo "outlines the Administration's multi-agency R&D priorities for formulating fiscal year (FY) 2025 Budget submissions to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)." In reality, the S&T organizations under the agencies to which the memo is directed have already developed those budget submissions and are sending, or have already sent, their FY25 budget proposals to OSD this month. If anything, this memo provides the OSD S&T folks in OUSD(R&E) a back-check on the Administration's priorities in the budget process, but not guidance to help formulate those budgets as the memo states.

The priority guidance for FY25 covers several areas but they are not numbered or explicitely prioritized among themselves. Unlike in past years, they are not separated into mission- or functional-area and enablers but all grouped together. However, the last three priorities listed below appear to be such broad, enabling areas. Many of these priorities for S&T are already reflected in the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy that were released in October 2022. Each priority below contains further guidance in the memo.

  • Advance trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) technology that protects people’s rights and safety, and harness it to accelerate the Nation’s progress.
  • Lead the world in maintaining global security and stability in the face of immense geopolitical changes and evolving risks.
  • Step up to the global challenge of meeting the climate crisis by reimagining our infrastructures, renewing our relationship with nature, and securing environmental justice.
  • Achieve better health outcomes for every person.
  • Reduce barriers and inequities.
  • Bolster the R&D and industrial innovation that will build the Nation’s future economic competitiveness from the bottom up and middle out.
  • Strengthen, advance, and use America’s unparalleled research to achieve our Nation’s great aspirations.
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EO Addressing US Investments in Certain National Security Technologies, 9 Aug 23
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​On 9 Aug 23, President Biden released the "Executive Order on Addressing United States Investments in Certain National Security Technologies and Products in Countries of Concern." These technologies and products "are critical to such countries' military, intelligence, surveillance, or cyber-enabled capabilities."

The three areas of investment affected are in:

- Semiconductors and microelectronics

- Quantum information

- Artificial intelligence

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New OT Guide for Research and OT Guide v2.0 Issued June & July 2023
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​In early June 2023, the OUSD(R&E) released an new guide on Other Transactions (OTs) for Research under 10 U.S.C. 4021. The 35-page guide is not dated nor does it have a formal-looking title page like most sponsored guides have. However, the OT CoP lists it and the guide is posted on the official DPAP site so I take it as an official guide.

The updated, broader 51-page DoD Other Transactions Guide v2.0, issued in July 2023 by OUSD(A&S), defers to the OT for Research Guide on those matters. It covers changes made since the last guide was published in 2018.

DAU held a web event discussing the changes to the OT Guide v2.0 on 2 Aug 23. The slides for that event are available on its event page and the recording of it will be posted there in 3-5 business days after the event.

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QUESTION: R&D Incremental Funding / Non-severable Deliverable / Availability of Appropriations
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Does anyone know what the source document would be that provides validation that Congress authorized multi-year appropriations, with a period fo availability beyond a non-severable R&D delivery completion date, to be incremental funded? 

 

This question is related to the guidance provided in the DoD FMR 7000.14-R, Recording Contract Obligations (080304), para 3.4.2.2 Non-Serverable services, under the section that reads:

"The performance period of a fixed price non-severable services contract may cross fiscal years, but must be fully funded in the initial fiscal year unless contract funding requirements exist as set forth in DFARS 232.703-1(1)(ii).  Unless the period of performance is entirely within the charged acount's period of availability, if funded using a multi-year appropriation, non-severable service contracts may not be funded on an incremental basis *unless Congress has authorized incremental funding.*"

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Content Author… August 2, 2023 - 10:30am

I've asked our DAU SME on multi-year funding, John Pritchard, to look into this for you.​

Suski, Deborah… December 1, 2023 - 05:41pm

Is he referring to the guidance in the DoD FMR Vol 2A under RDT&E incremental funding

USD(R&E) Re-designates Its Deputies' Duty Titles, 12 Jul 23
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USD(R&E) re-designated its deputy leadership positions from Deputy CTOs to Assistant Secretaries of Defense (ASDs) and their deputies to DASDs on 12 Jul 23. This aligns OUSD(R&E) leadership titles with those of OUSD(A&S). The original memo was not released, only a press release on 24 July.



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Events / Science and Technology Management

OUSD(R&E) Engineers Week Event, 21 Feb 24, 1330-1500
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The Honorable Heidi Shyu, USD(R&E), will headline a DoD Engineers Week event at the Pentagon on 21 Feb 24, 1330-1500. For more info, visit the SE&A News page.

Engineers Week Event News Announcement

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Engineers Week, 18-24 Feb 24
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The 19th Annual Engineers Week is coming up 18-24 Feb 24. For more info on the national celebration, visit the Discover Engineering Engineering Week webpage.

The USD(R&E) Chief Technology Officer, Honorable Heidi Shyu, will hold an event at the Pentagon on 21 Feb 24, 1330-1500. For more info on this event, visit the SE&A News page.

Engineers Week
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Defense Innovation Board Winter Public Meeting and Updates on Studies
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The Defense Innovation Board (DIB), chaired by Mike Bloomberg, recently held its winter public meeting at which it announced new studies and provided updates on ongoing studies. A recording of the winter meeting can be accessed here. An Inside Defense article by Georgina DiNardo posted on 26 Jan 24 provides a synopsis of the meeting and new and ongoing studies.

Optimizing How We innovate with Our Allies and Partners TOR (2 pages)

Aligning Incentives to Drive Faster Tech Adoption TOR (2 pages)

Lowering Barriers to Innovation report (13 pages).

Building a DoD Data Economy report (28 pages)

Terraforming the Valley of Death report (26 pages)

An Innovation Strategy for the Decisive Decade report (7 pages)

Prelilminary Observations & Key Considerations for the National Defense Science and Technology Straegy report (2 pages)

Defense Innovation Board

Resources / Science and Technology Management

Community Resource / Science and Technology Management
STM Training (as of 1 Feb 24)

In February 2022, the Science and Technology Manager (STM) DAWIA career field was incorporated into the new Back-to-Basics Engineering and Technical Management (ETM) functional area. Therefore, there are no longer any specific STM training courses required for the ETM functional area.

However, DAU has developed some STM courses and credentials that contain STM-relevant training content. The first of these courses is STM 1010, Introduction to DoD Science and Technology Management, a ~4-hour online training course. STM 0010, Prototyping and Experimentation, remains available to take, too. Since 2022, DAU has deployed two other STM courses, STM 0020, Fundamentals of Science and Technology Protection, and STM 2040, Technology Project Management. There is also an STM-focused credential, CENG 012, Technology Project Management Credential, that encompasses STM 1010, STM 2040, and a capstone assessment.

More STM-related training is in development for deployment in 2024-25. This post will be updated as training assets become available.

Other DAU courses and credentials that may be of interest to STM practitioners include:

CLE 068, Intellectual Property and Data Rights, and CON 0180, Data Rights

CACQ 008, Foundational Intellectual Property Credential

PMT 0170, Risk Management

CACQ 004, Introduction to Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management Credential

CON 0660, Other Transactions (OTs), CON 2880V, Neg-OTA-tion 101, and CON 2990V, OTA Simulation

CCON 023, Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Credential

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DoD Policy and Guidance

Science and Technology DOD Policy and Guidance

Directives and Instructions
  • DoDI 5000.83, Technology and Program Protection to Maintain Technological Advantage
  • DoDI 5000.88, Engineering of Defense Systems

 

Guidance Memos and Guidebooks

 

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Other Transactions and the National Armaments Consortium interview, Jan-Feb 24 issue

The January/February issue of DAU's Defense Acquisition Magazine contains an interview with Al Abramson, BG, USA (Ret), President of Strategic Engagement for the National Armaments Consortium (NAC). BG Abramson discusses the use of consortia and Other Transactions (OTs), including recent examples.

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Negotiating IP and Data Rights video

DAU produced a new video on Negotiating Intellectual Property (IP) and Data Rights in January 2024. View the video here. Runtime is 20:47.

Description:

This video provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals for successfully negotiating sufficient rights to technology deliverables, and associated licensing rights acquired under DOD procurement contracts. A key feature of the video is the discussion of the 5 stages of negotiation, including preparation, exchange of information, bargaining, conclusion, and execution. The video concludes with a discussion of negotiating best practices for commercial computer software.

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SBIR Data Rights video

DAU produced a new video on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) data rights in January 2024. Runtime is 6:34.

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Best Practices Lessons Learned and Tools

Welcome to Science and Technology Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and Tools Site. This area is dedicated to bringing our community members together by offering a variety of ways to network with other professionals interested in Science and Technology (S&T), to access current community contributions and discussions, and to share the expert knowledge related to S&T.

TRL Decision Points:

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Technology Transition and Transfer Programs

The S&T community needs methods by which to identify technology requirements, match technology to those customer requirements, and transition that technology into tools that customers will use.  The community also needs to determine the best way to support the technical insertion of new technologies into system development.  Transitioning technology does not come naturally and can be very difficult.  To transition technology successfully requires positive actions by people interacting throughout the system.  A marketplace for the technology and appropriate applications for these technologies is necessary.  The following programs were specifically designed to assist the community with developing new technologies that could be successfully transitioned.  In some cases, the programs offer another source of funds, in addition to the specific program that supports the transition.

  1. Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATD). ATDs are normally at the Service level and funded with a combination of Service laboratory 6.3 funds and program office funds.

  2. Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD). Formerly called Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) until approximately 2006 when the name changed to JCTD. The JCTD Program resides under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability and Prototyping (DASD(EC&P)). DAU conducts a JCTD Workshop (WSE 016) for the JCTD Program Office at least annually.

  3. Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO). This office resides under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability and Prototyping (DASD(EC&P)).

  4. Comparative Technology Office (CTO). Formerly known as Foreign Comparative Test Office. The CTO resides under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability and Prototyping (DASD(EC&P)).

  5. Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Portal. "The Rapid Innovation Fund provides a vehicle for small businesses to provide the Department with innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet specific Defense needs. The fund is administered jointly by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and Office of Small Business Programs." - DASD(EC&P) Initiatives & Analysis page. The RIF Portal, which is the link provided above, can be found under the Defense Innovation Marketplace site's Business menu tab. From its inception in FY11, the RIF has been funded by Congressional Adds, not core Service/Agency/DoD dollars, though there has been discussion in 2017-18 to start a core-funded program in the near future.

  6. Defense Production Act Title III Program. The DPA Title III program, initiated in 1950 and renewed by Congress many times since then, is run by the DASD for Industrial Policy under USD(A&S).

  7. DoD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program. The DoD ManTech program was established in its current form in 1956 and is run by USD(R&E). It is governed by DoDD 4200.15, which was reissued on 15 Oct 2018. "The Office of Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation has policy and oversight responsibility to ensure that the linkage between "industrial policy" and "manufacturing" is firmly established and effectively coordinated. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) each have a ManTech investment program. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has two manufacturing technology investment strategies for its Defense-wide Manufacturing Science & Technology program, (DMS&T).  These are the OSD ManTech program and the DoD-led Manufacturing USA institutes. DMS&T was established to address cross-cutting, game-changing initiatives that are beyond the scope of any one Military Department or Defense Agency." - ManTech Program page of Defense Innovation Marketplace site.

  8. Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR). The SBIR/STTR programs are U.S. government programs not unique to the DoD. Within the DoD, they are overseen by the DoD Office of Small Business Programs under USD(A&S). There is also a Small Business Portal under the Defense Innovation Marketplace site's Business menu tab.

  9. Defense Innovation Unit (DIU); formerly Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) prior to Oct 2018. Established by SECDEF Carter in 2014 to foster DoD work with non-traditional DoD contractors.

  10. Defense Acquisition Challenge Program (DACP). Also known as simply the "Challenge Program." Authorized under 10 U.S.C. 2359b.

  11. Technology Transition Initiative (TTI). Established by Congress in 2002 under 10 U.S.C. 2359a.

  12. Independent Research and Development (IR&D). IR&D is conducted by a defense contractor and has been authorized by Congress to be reimbursed by the DoD in the company's G&A rates for decades. The Defense Innovation Markeplace web site was established in 2010 to provide government research and capability needs to industry and to provide industry IR&D project summaries to government personnel with need to know. See the DAU ACQuipedia IR&D article for more on this subject.

  13. DoD Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO). Have not found a web page for SCO yet.

  14. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). Established 28 April 2003. Have not yet found a public web page for the Air Force RCO.

  15. Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). "The Army Rapid Capabilities Office was created in August 2016 to expedite the delivery of critical combat materiel capabilities to the Warfighter to meet Combatant Commanders’ needs. The Office is headquartered in the National Capital Region." - Army RCO site.

  16. Department of the Navy Future Naval Capabilities. Note: For Office of Naval Research (ONR) Technology Transition Agreement (TTA) Level A and Level B templates, please go to Service-Specific Policy & Guidance>Navy/Marine Corps folder on this CoP.

  17. Navy/Marine Corps Maritime Accelerated Capabilities Office (MACO). Established in 2016. Based on the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. No web site found yet.

  18. Commercial Operations and Support Savings Initiative (COSSI) (possibly historical). Not able to find a recent web site about this program but did find some Service references to this program as late as 2012. The last COSSI guide was published in 2001 and can be found via internet search. Listed here for historical purposes.

  19. Joint Experimentation Program (possibly historical). Can find no recent web site for this program. This effort was run by the Joint Staff at one time under Joint Forces Command, which was disestablished in 2011. However, CJCSI 3010.02D (2013) states, "While not eliminating the DoD Joint Experimentation program, this instruction eliminates the Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff (DJ-7), role as the lead for Joint Experimentation and focuses on Joint Concept Development (JCD)."
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S and T Organizations and Related Links

Science and Technology is managed and performed at a variety of organizations within the DoD. These organizations jointly plan their work, as reflected in the ASD(R&E) Technology Area Review and Assessment. Information about the programs within each of these organizations is described.

Army Organizations

Navy Organizations

Technology Transfer Organizations

Air Force Organizations

Defense Organizations

Other US Government ?Science and Technology Organizations

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Defense Innovation Unit 3.0 released 7 Feb 24
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The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), established in 2015 by USD(AT&L) Ash Carter, released its third strategy document, DIU 3.0, on 7 Feb 24. A link to DIU's press release of the article is below. It contains a link to the 14-page PDF containing the strategy.

The DIU was elevated within the DoD by SecDef Lloyd Austin in April 2023 when he directed that the organization, which had reported to the USD(R&E) since its creation, now report directly to the SecDef, while remaining administratively supported by the OUSD(R&E).

DIU 3.0 contains eight lines of effort:

1. Focus on the most critical capability gaps and embed with the warfighter to do so. 

2. Partner at every level with DOD’s “engines of scale”

3. Catalyze the DOD’s innovation entities into a community of impact.

4. Take the partnership with the commercial tech sector to a new level.

5. Realize the enormous potential of tech partnership with allies and partners.

6. Build the trust and momentum required for speed and scale.

7. Retool DIU to support all of the above.

8. Provide the Secretary and Deputy Secretary with world class “dual fluency” advice

Defense Technical Risk Assessment Methodology (DTRAM) v6.4, May 2023
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The DTRAM is primarily used by OUSD(R&E) DTE&A to conduct Independent Technical Risk Assessments (ITRAs) on Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs). The second of the eight technical areas assessed is Technology, for which factors and criteria are provided to assess risk in the technical area. All programs can benefit from using the criteria to assess their technical risk.

CRS Defense Primer on Emerging Technologies, 30 Jan 24
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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released an updated two-page Defense Primer on emerging technologies on 30 Jan 24. The technologies discussed are:

  • artificial intelligence
  • lethal autonomous weapon systems
  • hypersonic weapons
  • directed energy weapons
  • biotechnology
  • quantum technology
CRS Insight Report on DoD Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), 23 Jan 24
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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) updated its Insight report on the DoD Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) organization on 23 Jan 24. The report provides the statutory background of CAPE and its role in the DoD in both the FYDP process and assessing programs' acquisition program baselines.

CRS Primer on Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), 23 Jan 24
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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) updated its Defense Primer on the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) on 23 Jan 24. It provides a general overview of the FYDP contents, focus, the 12 Major Force Programs (MFPs), and Program Element (PE) construct. The PE example given is for an Applied Research PE.

Critical and Emerging Technologies (CET) List Update, 7 Feb 22, OSTP
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11-page document, released 7 Feb 22, updates 2020 list of Critical and Emerging Technologies (CETs). This update supports the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance released by President Biden on 4 Mar 21. Contains 19 CETs with focus areas for each.

DoD Technology Portfolio - Roles and Responsibilities memo 7 Dec 21
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2-page memo signed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense on 7 Dec 21 that assigns roles and responsibilities for managing the DoD technology portfolio among the USD(R&E), USD(P), and USD(A&S).

Empowering the DAW to Improve Mission Outcomes Using Data Science
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National Academies of Sciences Consensus Study Report published 6 Oct 21. Empowering the Defense Acquisition Workforce to Improve Mission Outcomes Using Data Science. "The effective use of data science - the science and technology of extracting value from data - improves, enhances, and strengthens acquisition decision-making and outcomes. Using data science to support decision making is not new to the defense acquisition community; its use by the acquisition workforce has enabled acquisition and thus defense successes for decades. Still, more consistent and expanded application of data science will continue improving acquisition outcomes, and doing so requires coordinated efforts across the defense acquisition system and its related communities and stakeholders. Central to that effort is the development, growth, and sustainment of data science capabilities across the acquisition workforce."

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