Welcome to the Research Directorate

Our Mission is to ...

  • Develop the strategies and supporting plans that exploit science, technology and prototypes to respond to the needs of the DoD.
  • Ensure U.S. technological superiority, prepare for an uncertain future, and accelerate delivery of technical capabilities to the warfighter.
  • Conduct analyses and studies; develop policies; provide technical leadership, oversight and advice; make recommendations; and issue guidance.
  • Oversee matters associated with DoD laboratories; the science and engineering workforce; and efforts to stimulate science, engineering and mathematics education.
  • Ensure interchange with Allied and friendly nations.
  • Provide support to the Defense Technology Security Administration on technological issues pertaining to international acquisition and export activities.
  • Provide advice and assistance in developing policies for rapid technology transition.
  • Provide technical support to the USD(AT&L) on programs subject to review by the Defense Acquisition Board to reduce the cost, acquisition time, and risk of major acquisition programs. Conduct technology readiness assessments to inform acquisition decisions.

Research Directorate Organizations Directory

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STEM Development
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Development office focuses on developing innovative solutions for the DoD's current and future challenges... Explore Stem

Basic Research
The Basic Research office focuses on supporting research activities at universities across the nation, as well as scientific advances around the world. ... Explore the Basic Research Site

The Technologies office is engaged in developing biosystems; information systems; material and microsystems; space and sensor systems; weapons systems; EW/countermeasures; advanced components and prototypes; and technology security. ... Read More about the Technologies office

The Laboratories office develops programs and policies to advance the scientific efforts of the Research Directorate. ... Explore the DLE Site