Current Task Forces

Advanced Technology Demonstrations

Examines the planned advanced technology demonstrations that will be submitted as part of the upcoming President’s Budget submission for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.
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Focuses on the most rapidly moving areas of modern bioscience. These areas have the potential to provide the basis for technologies that either yield novel opportunities for defense innovation or, in the hands of an adversary, present a threat to national security. Its emphasis will be on new technologies, and it will include consideration of technical advances that can be accomplished now as well as conservative speculation on what might be technically possible in 25 years.
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21st Century Multi-Domain Effects

Examines the range of doctrine, policy, authority, strategy, operational capability, tactics, implementation, and support options required to respond to threats to U.S. national security and give the Department full range of options for the employment of 21st century multi-domain effects. The study will encompass undersea, naval surface, land warfare, and air and space domains. The task force will not address the use of nuclear weapons.
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Survivable Logistics

Focuses on high-end threats, particularly Russia and China, and how their activities could challenge future logistics systems and operations. It will evaluate the implications of the current and emerging threats to the DoD logistics enterprise, develop concepts to mitigate these threats, and make prioritized actionable recommendations for steps that will reduce the most significant vulnerabilities.
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2017 Summer Study on Countering Anti-access Systems with Longer Range and Standoff Capabilities

Explores new defense systems, and technology that will enable cost effective power projection that relies on the use of longer stand-off distances than current capabilities.
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Role of the DoD in Homeland Defense

Assesses the current posture of the government and supporting organizations, particularly with respect to the preparedness of DoD to execute its missions, both in the homeland and abroad. The emphasis should be on scoping the challenges facing DoD in executing its missions.
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Design and Acquisition of Software for Defense Systems

Examines the current state of DoD software acquisition and recommend practical actions to improve performance by the DoD and its suppliers.
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Cyber as a Strategic Capability

Will investigate the opportunities for, and limitations of, offensive cyber capabilities in support of overall U.S. strategy and provide actionable recommendations to enhance those capabilities.
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Defense Strategies for Ensuring the Resilience of National Space Capabilities

Will identify and recommend, in the context of current and projected threats, strategies to enhance the net resilience of our national security space enterprise including those critical elements provided by our international partners and the commercial sector.
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Deterring, Preventing, and Responding to the Threat or Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Will identify ways in which deterrence can evolve given a changing security environment, and should deterrence alone prove inadequate, then identify additional ways to prevent and respond, both for the United States and for its allies. 
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