Current Task Forces
Consider what potential technical capabilities may not be sufficiently acted upon by the DoD in the decade to come, that will lead to U.S. regrets in 2028 and, in broad terms, what those actions might be. Considerations for each recommended emerging technical capability should include: maturation of science and technology; the development of new weapons and weapon concepts (including weapons of mass destruction); the emergence of new operational concepts and rules of engagement; different potential adversaries and different kinds of potential adversaries; changing alliances among potential adversaries and changing relationships between the United States and its allies; broad global trends such as demographic shifts, geopolitical changes, resource constraints or climate change; evolving priorities for national security objectives; and, U.S. foreign policy goals.
Provide timely recommendations to the DoD on specific elements of a technology strategy for each of the ten Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)) priority technology domains: hypersonics; directed energy; command, control, and communications; space offense and defense; cybersecurity; artificial intelligence/machine learning; missile defense; quantum science and computing; microelectronics; and, nuclear modernization.
Provide subject matter expertise to the Executive Order working groups, including but not limited to providing insights into current and anticipated science and technology developments. The working groups are organized by sectors and areas of interest that make up the defense industrial base. The goal of engaging the DSB task force is to support the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) in their work to develop findings and recommendations for a robust, secure, resilient, and innovative industrial base that meets national security requirements.
Tasked to characterize the current capabilities of the NLCC, both within DoD and across the interagency; investigate new or emerging concepts and technologies that might facilitate a more adaptive NLCC to address an unpredictable future; determine alternative concepts for phasing in new capabilities, architectural changes, and/or technologies to implement the concepts investigated above; assess the technical and program management capabilities needed for producing a fully integrated NLCC; and make recommendations, both technical and organizational, that would increase confidence in the critical operations of the NLCC in the context of evolving threats to its integrity.
Examines the planned advanced technology demonstrations that will be submitted as part of the upcoming President’s Budget submission for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defense Science Board, OUSD(R&E)
The Pentagon, 3B888A, Washington, DC 20310