Heidi Shyu Establishes Strategic Options Task Force Under Defense Science Board

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Heidi Shyu, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense and a 2022 Wash100 Award winner, has announced the formation of a new task force within the Defense Science Board to help identify weapon system and operational concepts as part of efforts to regain the U.S. military’s operational superiority.

The task force on strategic options will focus on several areas, including advanced undersea assets and operational concepts, use of cyber weapons, development of new countermeasures for electronic warfare and new uses of space systems, Shyu said in a memo published Tuesday.

Additional considerations should include the adversary’s use of countermeasures to undermine U.S. dominance in the air, space, sea and cyber domains,” the memo reads.

The task force will present its findings and recommendations to DSB for discussion and deliberation through a public meeting.

Shyu said she will sponsor the task force, which will begin the study period within 30 days of the initial appointment of its members and will gain access to DOD officials and data to support its activities.

In no event will the duration of the Task Force exceed 24 months from the start date,” the memo states.

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