Department of Defense Debuts Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, Research Grant Now Accepting Proposals

The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced a new competition for the “Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship” in a recent Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (N00014-16-R-FO12) on This program is formerly known as the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF), and both program names will be used for this round of competition during the transition phase.

The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)). The Office of Naval Research (ONR) executes the program for ASD(R&E) and is soliciting proposals. This program seeks outstanding researchers to propose basic research that is potentially transformative in topics areas of interest to the DoD.

“I strongly believe DoD faces some of the most exciting and difficult problems to be found in research and technology,” said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.  “Vannevar Bush fellows will lead the way in transforming and defining new fields of science and in helping the Department look to the future.”

This new program name commemorates Dr. Vannevar Bush (1890-1974). He was the Director of Scientific Research and Development during World War II and the author of “Science, The Endless Frontier.”  Bush was also a professor and Dean of Engineering at MIT and later founded a large defense and electronics company. As a devoted teacher, administrator and entrepreneur, Bush made creative and innovative contributions to science, engineering and the nation.

During World War II, Bush mobilized America’s scientific resources to achieve advances in defense technologies that were decisive in winning the war. After the war, he was instrumental in formulating sound policies for the advancement of science, engineering and education.

Bush, in his famous 1945 report, “Science: The Endless Frontier,” wrote that “the pioneer spirit is still vigorous within this nation. Science offers a largely unexplored hinterland for the pioneer who has the tools for his task.  The rewards of such exploration both for the nation and the individual are great. Scientific progress is one essential key to our security as a nation, to our better health, to more jobs, to a higher standard of living, and to our cultural progress.”  For more information on how to apply, please visit

Release No: NR-340-16
Sept. 26, 2016

General Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Air Force Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.  Thompson is currently serving as commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr. for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, with assignment as commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  McMurry is currently serving as commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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Sept. 23, 2016

Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s Meeting With Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter held a bilateral meeting today with Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, at the Pentagon.

Secretary Carter and Prime Minister Turnbull discussed a range of security issues, including their continued mutual commitment to defeat ISIL and to support the Government of Afghanistan.

They exchanged views on building a principled and inclusive security network in the Asia-Pacific, as well as developments in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the need for a peaceful resolution of disputes in the South China Sea in accordance with international law.

They also discussed opportunities to enhance collaboration related to defense innovation.

Release No: NR-337-16
Sept. 22, 2016

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on U.S.-Russia Video Conference

The Department of Defense today held a video conference co-chaired by Acting Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs Elissa Slotkin and Lieutenant General  Kenneth McKenzie Jr., director, J-5, Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff, with Russian Ministry of Defense counterparts. This was the latest session of our dialogue with the Russian Ministry of Defense under the Memorandum of Understanding for the safety of flight in Syria to ensure that each side continues to adhere to agreed-upon measures to mitigate incidents in the air over Syria.

Department officials discussed recent concerns over the safety of operations since the two sides last met, including the need to enhance current measures to avoid incidents.  The two sides reiterated the need to adhere to the Memorandum of Understanding to avoid accidents and misunderstandings in the air space over Syria.

Today’s meeting follows previous video conferences between the Department of Defense and the Russian Ministry of Defense on this topic. This video conference was separate from other discussions regarding the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria, yesterday’s UN Security Council session to discuss the attacks on humanitarian aid convoys, and today’s scheduled meeting of the International Syria Support Group.

Release No: NR-336-16
Sept. 22, 2016

Secretary of the Navy Names Two Littoral Combat Ships

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom and Independence variant Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Marinette (LCS 25) and USS Mobile (LCS 26) to recognize the two cities’ significant contribution to Navy ship building.

The ceremony took place at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

The future USS Marinette, a Freedom- variant Littoral Combat Ship, will be the first commissioned U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.

The future USS Mobile, an Independence- variant Littoral Combat Ship, will be the fifth ship to bear the name.  The last USS Mobile (LKA-115) was a Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship and served for more than 24 years before being decommissioned in 1994.

A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions in areas such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.

The ship will be built with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat needs change in a region. These mission packages are supported by detachments that deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors, in support of mine, undersea, and surface warfare missions.

Marinette will be built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Mobile will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

Additional information about Littoral Combat Ships is available online at:

Release No: NR-335-16
Sept. 22, 2016

FALLEN HEORES – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Airman Devon M. Faulkner, 24

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Odyssey Lightning.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Airman Devon M. Faulkner, 24, of North Carolina, died Sept. 20 of a non-combat-related injury while underway. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to USS Wasp (LHD 1), forward deployed in the central Mediterranean Sea.

Release No: NR-334-16
Sept. 22, 2016