Department of Defense

8 Feb 2019

Several federal agencies are working to curb foreign nations, particularly China, from using talent recruitment programs and other methods to capitalize on the fruits of U.S.-financed R&D. In the latest major development, the Department of Energy announced last week that it will restrict its employees and future grantees from participating in recruitment programs operated by “sensitive” countries.

24 Jan 2019

The Trump administration’s new Missile Defense Review argues there is a pressing need to develop and test a variety of advanced anti-missile technologies to respond to an increasing range of international threats. Administration officials indicate they plan to press ahead with a network of space-based sensors for detecting enemy missiles as well as explore more unproven systems such as space-based interceptors.

17 Jan 2019

A new Government Accountability Office report examines the extent to which defense laboratories have leveraged special administrative authorities designed to enhance their ability to innovate and it details impediments the labs have encountered.

28 Nov 2018

NASA’s renewed efforts to build a sustained human presence on and around the Moon have spurred plans to integrate lunar research with exploration and commercial activity. Meanwhile, international rivalries have prompted the Defense Department to reform its space activities, while that same competition puts pressure on NASA to pursue a more direct path to the lunar surface.

19 Nov 2018

The Commerce Department has begun a process to establish new export controls for “emerging technologies,” as required by this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. Quantum information technology is one of 14 technology categories of interest to the department.

31 Oct 2018

A National Academies study committee has begun a decadal survey of progress and opportunities in plasma science that will complement a separate forthcoming assessment of U.S. research programs in magnetic confinement fusion.

4 Oct 2018

In fiscal year 2019, Congress is continuing to invest heavily in Department of Defense R&D programs to counter the increasing sophistication of rival nations such as China and Russia. Combined funding for basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development is increasing by 7 percent to almost $16 billion.

17 Aug 2018

The latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act contains numerous provisions that aim to enhance innovation in defense technologies and combat foreign efforts to exploit U.S. R&D. It postpones a proposal to reform the relationship between the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy.

19 Jul 2018

The House and Senate have both advanced proposals to increase funding for R&D activities in the Department of Defense, placing a strong emphasis on technology development and prototyping. The Senate is proposing an especially large increase, including a half-billion-dollar or 19 percent increase for basic research.

16 Jul 2018

At a recent hearing, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin drew parallels with the Cold War to suggest that China’s technological ambitions and adversarial behavior toward the U.S. warrant considering clamping down on the number of Chinese graduate students admitted into the country, among other actions.

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