The Defense Science Board (DSB) provides the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and, as requested, other Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Principal Staff Assistants, the Secretaries of the Military Departments, the Commanders of the Combatant Commands, independent advice and recommendations on scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the Department of Defense. The DSB is not established to advise on individual DoD
procurements, but instead shall be concerned with the pressing and complex technology problems facing the Department of Defense in such areas as research, engineering, and manufacturing, and will ensure the identification of new technologies and new applications of technology in those areas to strengthen national security. 
The DSB publishes reports of science and technology issue that can be found on their website. These reports give insight in the current status of these topics affecting the DoD.
Website: Defense Science Board Reports
AcqLinks and Reference:
-  Website: Defense Science Board (DSB)