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Medical Research and Development

Advancing Medical Innovation for our Service Members through Research

The Research, Development, and Acquisition (RDA) is the core research program of the Department of Defense that was established in 2014 to enhance the related medical research and development programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Vision

Advance collaborative, innovative medical research and development to improve military community health and save lives on and off the battlefield.

Mission 

Implement best practices to responsibly design, prioritize and integrate medical research, development and acquisition programs across the continuum of care. By fostering strategic partnerships and transitioning medical discoveries to deployable products, RDA will enhance the readiness and resilience of the military community. 

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