U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Research and Development Strategy

The Challenge

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a trusted history of developing innovative solutions to the Nation’s toughest engineering challenges. Since 1775, Army Engineers have reduced risks for disasters, enabled commerce, strengthened national security, and supported our military’s ability to defend the homeland.

To continue to meet the evolving and increasingly complex engineering challenges facing the Nation and the world, USACE Research & Development (R&D) must evolve as well. Bold action is needed to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow through rapid advancements in science and technology.

The Approach

The Institute supported the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in developing a Research and Development (R&D) Strategy. This first-of-its-kind product was developed in close coordination with the Director and Deputy Director of Research and Development and other key USACE personnel, with direct input from the USACE Chief of Engineers.

Work to develop this product included supporting the execution of a series of stakeholder workshops as well as conducting targeted interviews to elicit input from USACE personnel and others in the R&D community. The Water Institute team then developed a framework that provided a challenge-based focus for conducting coordinated, programmatic R&D throughout USACE. The Strategy was designed to catapult USACE into a new bold era of executing its Missions, meeting the needs of the warfighter, and supporting the Nation through innovation and collaboration through both identifying near-term R&D priorities and establishing strategies for a disciplined, long-term, and agency-wide approach to R&D.

The R&D Strategy:

  • Identifies the Top Ten USACE R&D Priorities to address the Nation’s toughest challenges
  • Provides a framework for a new USACE Research & Development Program
  • Positions USACE to support the needs of the Nation now and for decades to come

The Water Institute developed a visually rich document designed to present the R&D Strategy in an engaging and informative way to a variety of stakeholder interests, in addition to developing additional communication materials for USACE use in disseminating the Strategy.