Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Following are answers to Frequently Asked Questions, arranged by category:

  • Q: Who is leading the updates to the Independent Research & Development (IR&D) program?
    • A: The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) will manage the current IR&D efforts. ASD(R&E) is coordinating with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, Defense Contracts Management Agency, Defense Procurement Acquisition Policy, Defense Technical Information Center and the Services.
  • Q: Why was a DFARS rule needed to collect this information?
    • A: In the 1990s, DoD reduced its technical exchanges with industry, in part to ensure the independence of research and development. Since this time, there has been a loss of visibility into the technical opportunities available from industry's IR&D investments and an updated DFARS rule was a mechanism to do this.