Current Task Forces

Future Cyber Warfighting Capabilities of the Department of Defense

21-01-2021
Section 1655 of the NDAA for FY 2020 requires the Secretary of Defense direct the DSB to conduct a study on future cyber warfighting capabilities. Areas of study to include; a technical evaluation of the Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture of the Department; a technical evaluation of the tool development and acquisition programs; an evaluation of the operational planning and targeting of USCYBERCOM; and development of recommendations for legislative or administrative action related to the future cyber warfighting capabilities of the Department.
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Emerging Biotechnologies and National Security

2021-01-21
Section 263 of the NDAA for FY 2020 requires the Secretary of Defense direct the DSB to "carry out a study on the emerging biotechnologies pertinent to national security." This study is tasked to examine ways in which the DoD can take better advantage of the rapidly expanding technologies in biology, and to better understand and prepare for their application or misuse by adversaries.
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2020 Summer Study on New Dimensions of Conflict

2019-12-19
Task Force to consider future dimensions of conflict that might be exploited by our near-peer competitors, Russian and China, and adversaries to impose their will on other states. The DSB should consider any new dimension wherein our strategic competitors or adversaries have both the intent and potential capability to operate and exert influence counter to U.S. interests.
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Position, Navigation, and Timing Control

2019-12-06
This study will identify and recommend specific architectures and operational approaches to enhance current PNT and support communications missions as well as provide ability to deny and confound other space based PNT systems over the next 10 years. Also, the Task Force will consider what synergy and dual use opportunities are possible for both PNT and communication missions across military, government infrastructure, and commercial applications.
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Internet of Things: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities

2019-11-06
This study should report on the scope of acquisition of loT devices by DoD; assess the state of cyber vulnerability-confidentiality, integrity and availability-and cyber defense for those devices; point out the potential vulnerabilities so introduced and the possible operational implications; and recommend what should be done in both management and technical terms to mitigate the risks while obtaining the benefits of loT devices.
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21st Century Industrial Base for National Defense

2019-10-30
This study will examine the character of the evolving threat as well as the Science and Technology needs of the defense industrial base exposes U.S. security to significant risk in its present form. The homeland-and the defense industrial base-is no longer a sanctuary and must be protected from adversary kinetic and non-kinetic attack even as the homeland operates in a global defense┬Čindustrial environment. This study will focus on the proactive steps needed to increase the depth, breadth, and security of our defense industrial base.
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Department of Defense Dependencies on Critical Infrastructure

2019-10-30
This Task Force is charged to investigate DoD's dependencies on non-DoD owned critical infrastructure with a focus on the energy, water, transportation, and communications sectors, and potential vulnerabilities and consequences from intentional multi-domain attacks against them. The Task Force should also assess how well the Department has addressed any issues related to its reliance on the DIB, for which it has direct responsibility.
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Ensuring Microelectronics Superiority

2019-10-30
This Task Force will consider how the United States can maintain a strong industrial base to provide increasingly more sophisticated and reliable microelectronics capability to defense systems.
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Homeland Air Defense

2019-10-30
This study will consider the most effective science, technology, capability, system, and operational vectors to maintain superiority beyond the next decade in the face of advancing threats from the surface, subsurface, air, space, and cyberspace. The goal of the Task Force is to develop recommendations regarding an architectural solution to this challenge for consideration by the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
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