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 current and emerging adversary threats that could degrade U.S. (and allied) capabilities;
  2. Affordably enable new or extended capabilities in existing military systems;
  3. Create 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

“The U.S. military depends on its S&T enterprise to research, develop, and demonstrate high pay-off technology solutions for hard problems faced by our Warfighters in ever-changing, complex environments against an increasingly diverse set of threats. Uncertainty and complexity are at the heart of the military’s challenges. The military of the future requires solutions that are affordable, versatile, and rely on the S&T community’s contributions to ensure that we remain the most capable in the world.”

Ms. Mary Miller, Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering