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April 25, 2019

Ready, Aim, Fire: Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Lasers

The Defense Department's enduring mission is to provide combat-ready forces to deter war and protect the security of the United States. One of the ways DOD maintains the competitive edge of its troops is through a diverse system of research and development laboratories. DOD laboratories design new tools for cyber defense, evaluate new concepts for autonomous vehicles and advance military-critical technology in areas such as advanced computing, "big data" analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics, directed energy, hypersonics, and biotechnology.

April 24, 2019

AFRL scientists, engineers to highlight technology advancements at DOD Lab Day

Scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory will highlight technology advancements in 13 different research areas in various stages of maturity during the third biennial Department of Defense Lab Day April 25, 2019, in the Pentagon center courtyard.

April 6, 2019

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis holds a non-lethal weapons and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray training course

U.S. Navy Information Systems Technician Seaman Tyreke Jones, left, from St. Louis, participates in a non-lethal weapons and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray training course.

April 1, 2019

Unleash Directed-Energy Weapons

The era of U.S. technological dominance is over. Indeed, in many areas, including military technology, the gap has narrowed to parity or near-parity. Nations such as Russia and China, as well as countries to which these nations proliferate weapons, are deploying advanced weapons that demonstrate many of the same technological strengths that traditionally have provided a basis for U.S. advantage. In response, the Department of Defense initiated a “Third Offset Strategy” that sought to asymmetrically compensate for a disadvantaged position. Rather than competing head-to-head in an area where an adversary may possess significant strength, an offset strategy seeks to shift the axis of competition, through the introduction of new operational concepts and technologies, toward one in which the United States has a significant and sustainable advantage.