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The United States depends on science, technology and innovative engineering to not only protect the American people but to advance our national interests and to prepare us to meet the challenges of an uncertain future. Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on greater importance to DoD efforts.


Research & Engineering Guiding Imperatives

The Department’s R&E contributions are critical to the nation’s defense. The R&E community has three strategic guiding imperatives:

  1. Mitigate new and emerging adversary threats that could degrade U.S. (and allied) capabilities;
  2. Affordable enable new or extended capabilities in existing military systems;
  3. Develop technology surprise through science and engineering applications to military problems.

These imperatives complement the seven science and technology (S&T) priorities approved in 2011 by then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and provide the focus to meet future the Department’s technological goals.

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) provides S&T leadership throughout the Department of Defense; shaping strategic direction and strengthening the research and engineering coordination efforts to meet tomorrow's challenges.

Maintaining a Technological Edge

"Because, now more than ever, maintaining a technological edge over our competitors is the surest way to deter conflict, we must continue to invest in technologies that will be essential to 21st century defense".

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, U.S. Naval Academy, 22 November 2013

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