The Department of Defense Experimentation Guidebook is issued by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering's Prototypes and Experiments office.
Military Departments and Defense Agencies have long used experimentation to support
innovation and develop solutions to vexing military problems. Many of these organizations and
their subject matter experts (SME) have developed processes, methods, and tools that help them
succeed in their efforts. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and
Engineering (OUSD(R&E), Prototypes and Experiments (P&E), was tasked to capture and
consolidate these approaches, best practices, and recommendations into a single reference
document for the Department of Defense (DoD). This guidebook is designed to complement
DoD, Military Service, and Defense Agency policy pertaining to experimentation, providing the
reader with discretionary best practices that should be tailored to the circumstances of each
experiment. It is a living document and will be updated periodically to ensure that direction
captured from governing documents is current and that best practices are fresh.