US Defense Science and Technology Research Market, Forecast to 2024
Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation is Key to Sustaining the Most Powerful Military in the World
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) relies on the technological superiority of its weapon systems and armed forces to protect US interests at home and abroad. This technological superiority is being challenged by new and evolving threats constantly being developed by potential US adversaries. To counteract these challenges, DoD’s science and technology (S&T) community is charged with identifying and maturing new technologies and making them available to DoD’s acquisition community for integration into weapon systems. The DoD conducts research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) in support of its mission requirements. The work funded by these appropriations plays a central role in the nation’s security and global S&T leadership. The DoD does not limit its development focus solely on weapon systems, however; it also researches advances in several arenas, such as intelligence collection, cybersecurity, medical, hypersonics technology, robotics, communications, artificial intelligence, directed energy, and quantum computing. This diversity is the essential strategy that has made the United States a superpower, and provides opportunities for a large number of commercial players to collaborate with the DoD.

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