Heidi Shyu

An AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial system (UAS) team assigned to the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, conduct training at Jaworze, Poland on November 22, 2023. Ravens UAS are used to provide day or night aerial intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance missions to support Operation European Assure Deter and Reinforce. (Photo by U.S. Army Maj. Arturo Rodriguez)

Trio of DOD leaders poised to visit kamikaze drone-maker’s California plant

The meeting comes as the U.S. military experiments with AeroVironment’s capabilities — and considers supplying some to Israel.
Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering Heidi Shyu meets with Maj. Grover Smith of the Indiana National Guard during Technology Readiness Experimentation (T-REX) 2023 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. T-REX is a critical component of the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve (RDER) effort, which facilitates modernization efforts through rapid prototyping and experimentation of integrated joint military technologies. (Defense Department photo).

Pentagon completes second technology experiment for RDER initiative

The second Technology Readiness Experimentation 2023 (T-REX 23-2) conducted 11 “full scale assessments” of new warfighting technologies.
U.S. Air Force Airmen board a C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan in support of Northern Edge 23-2 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 7, 2023. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Byrd)

Northern Edge exercise becomes test field for prototypes from DOD’s Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve  

Technologies associated with RDER are deploying as part of the joint training exercise series.
Research Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory Nature Inspired Research Facility use specialized equipment to measure an insect’s response to various light stimuli to better understand how they see and process information. The researchers use this information to determine how insect vision can enable engineers to develop better weapon sensors that more effectively sense targets. (Photo by Keith Lewis)

Pentagon’s new S&T strategy focuses on joint operations, collaboration

The document outlines three key lines of effort: joint operations, rapid experimentation and prototyping, and ensuring the foundations for research and development.
Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Englehardt, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the operations section for the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, which is deployed to support 1st Theater Sustainment Command, gauges wind speed near the Camp Buehring, Kuwait, drop zone for the April 22, 2021 air drop of four bundles using the Joint Precision Air Delivery System, JPADS. Englehardt said JPADS uses the Modular Autonomous Guidance Unit, or MAGU, to manipulate the the parafoil’s rigging to steer it using GPS to reach its programmed coordinates. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neil W. McCabe)

Pentagon alters oversight of PNT enterprise in new guidance

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks signed off on an update to how the Pentagon oversees its positioning, navigation and timing enterprise.
Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu speaks during a press briefing announcing a university-affiliated research center initiative with historically Black colleges and universities, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., June 27, 2022. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Pentagon’s S&T budget request would boost funding for microelectronics, integrated capabilities

The $17.8 billion budget request is the Defense Department's largest ever for science and technology.