Reliance 21 is led by the Science and Technology (S&T) Executive Committee (ExCom), chaired by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, ASD(R&E), and comprised of the major departmental S&T organizations. The ExCom prioritizes resources and provides strategic oversight and guidance to the combined S&T workforce, laboratories, and facilities.
A strong connection with the warfighter underpins the S&T ExCom, through understanding needs and exploitation opportunities across the Services, and close interaction with the Joint Staff.
Through the ExCom, the S&T Leadership shapes and oversees the S&T Enterprise, establishing Communities of Interest and tasking those technical groups to conduct assessments and formulate strategies to address emerging challenges. The ExCom ensures delivery against the Department’s S&T Priorities and recommends new priorities or redirects activities in response to changing Defense needs and Strategic Guidance.