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10 U.S. Code § 4014 - Coordination and communication of defense research activities and technology domain awareness

(a) Coordination of Department of Defense Research, Development, and Technological Data.—The Secretary of Defense shall promote, monitor, and evaluate programs for the communication and exchange of research, development, and technological data—
among the Defense research facilities, combatant commands, and other organizations that are involved in developing for the Department of Defense the technological requirements for new items for use by combat forces;
among Defense research facilities and other offices, agencies, and bureaus in the Department that are engaged in related technological matters;
among other research facilities and other departments or agencies of the Federal Government that are engaged in research, development, and technological matters;
among private commercial, research institution, and university entities engaged in research, development, and technological matters potentially relevant to defense on a voluntary basis;
to the extent practicable, to achieve full awareness of scientific and technological advancement and innovation wherever it may occur, whether funded by the Department of Defense, another element of the Federal Government, or other entities; and
through development and distribution of clear technical communications to the public, military operators, acquisition organizations, and civilian and military decision-makers that convey successes of research and engineering activities supported by the Department and the contributions of such activities to support national needs.
(b) Defense Research Facility Defined.—
In this section, the term “Defense research facility” has the meaning given that term by section 4142(b)[1] of this title.

[1]  See References in Text note below.
Editorial Notes
References in Text

Section 4142(b) of this title, referred to in subsec. (b), probably should be a reference to section 4125(b) of this title. Pub. L. 116–283, div. A, title XVIII, § 1844(d)(2), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 4246, originally transferred section 2364(c) of this title, defining “Defense research facility”, to section 4142(b) of this title. However, Pub. L. 117–81, div. A, title XVII, § 1701(u)(4)(A), (5)(B), Dec. 27, 2021, 135 Stat. 2153, 2154, amended Pub. L. 116–283, effective as if included therein, so as to eliminate that transfer and instead transfer section 2364(c) to section 4125(b) of this title.


2021—Pub. L. 116–283, § 1841(d)(1), as amended by Pub. L. 117–81, § 1701(u)(2)(E), transferred section catchline and subsec. (a) of section 2364 of this title to this section.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 116–283, § 1841(d)(2), added subsec. (b).

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2021 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 117–81 applicable as if included in the enactment of title XVIII of Pub. L. 116–283 as enacted, see section 1701(a)(2) of Pub. L. 117–81, set out in a note preceding section 3001 of this title and note below.

Effective Date

Section and amendment by Pub. L. 116–283 effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, see section 1801(d) of Pub. L. 116–283, set out as an Effective Date of 2021 Amendment note preceding section 3001 of this title.

Collaboration Between Defense Laboratories, Industry, and Academia; Open Campus Program

Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title II, § 222, Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1682, provided that:

“(a) Collaboration.—
The Secretary of Defense may carry out activities to prioritize innovative collaboration between Department of Defense science and technology reinvention laboratories, industry, and academia.
“(b) Open Campus Program.—
In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary, acting through the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Commander of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, and the Chief of Naval Research, or such other officials of the Department as the Secretary considers appropriate, may develop and implement an open campus program for the Department science and technology reinvention laboratories which shall be modeled after the open campus program of the Army Research Laboratory.”