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  • ABOUT DSO

    The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff fundamental research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines – sometimes reshaping existing fields or creating entirely new disciplines – and transforms these initiatives into radically new, game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.  

    DSO’s investment portfolio is broad. It encompasses physics, chemistry and mathematics as well as multidisciplinary topics such as materials, supervised autonomy, novel sensing and complexity.  DSO’s current focus areas include:

    • Physical Sciences: Leading edge experimental and/or theoretical research that explores scientific boundaries and advances our understanding of physics and chemistry to generate unique capabilities for U.S. national security.

       

    • Mathematics: Development and implementation of advanced mathematics and modeling tools for applications of interest to national security.

       

    • Transformative Materials: (1) Investigating the structure/function relationships that control physical, electrical, and chemical properties, and how to de-couple these properties through hierarchical structural control; and (2) design and fabrication of new materials across multiple length-scales that deliver superior performance.

       

    • Supervised Autonomy: Developing both hardware and computational tools to enable systems to operate with intermittent access to supervision in resource-constrained environments where there is limited or no infrastructure.

       

    • Novel Sensing and Detection Enabled by New Science: Applying novel approaches to sensing and detecting Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) materials and devices.

       

    • Harnessing Complexity: Exploring the science of complexity and developing novel approaches for accelerating discovery in complex materials and systems.

    For additional details on these focus areas and DSO’s interests, please see DSO’s office-wide Broad Agency Announcement, available at http://go.usa.gov/9cWW.

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