CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREAS
Each DoD Component develops SBIR and STTR topics that are mission-oriented to their programs, however topics generally align with the OUSD(R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREAS. Each critical technology area is led by a Principal Director (PD) within OUSD(R&E), who is responsible for unifying and advancing the Department's investments and capabilities in that area. This includes:
- Establishing a DoD-wide, mission-focused roadmap to chart the path to deliver the technical capabilities needed by our warfighters
- Assessing the range of activities in their technical area, including what is occurring in DoD, other executive branch agencies, the commercial world, academia, and other countries
- Leading independent technical analyses
- Conducting engagement and outreach across the community.