The Dominion Research and Experimentation Division - otherwise known as DRED - is responsible for developing advanced technology for the empire. Populated exclusively by Chua inventors, DRED has been directiy responsible for the ongoing success of the Dominion military through the creation of destructive weapons and powerful machines of war. They have also engineered advanced machinery - such as the massive Planet Reapers - that have revolutionized large-scale resource harvesting, allowing the empire to efficientiy exploit the natural resources of conquered worlds.
“"Listen up Collegium! You tired of always seeing great inventions shut down because of LAWS? Because of SAFETY? Because of STUPID? So does Mondo Zax! Yes, thats me. I am the Zax, and the Zax wants to pick your brains! Not literally. Not YET. Just figuratiye for now. Not important.
The Zax wants your ideas. Your brain-juice-power. Your mind-ideas. Deadlier the better! You have deadly plans? Bring them to DRED!
Thats right! DRED is the new Dominion Research and Experimentation Division. Fancy name. Means make big weapons! You want to make big weapons? You join DRED!
Make lots of booms. Sign up today. FOR SCIENCE! And explosions. See Zax's nearest assistant- strike that, see Zax's nearest assistant who STILL ALIVE - and see what DRED can do for you and you can do for DRED! And the Zax."
Additional Reference, Mondo Zax, initial Recruiting Pitch for DRED
Because of their reputation and untarnished track record, DRED works with almost complete impunity, answering directly to the emperor himself. Though their methods might be considered extreme by other groups within the Dominion, no one can argue that DRED gets results - and everyone knows better than to question or interrupt their work.
“"Why DRED autonomous? Because the Zax no play by the rules! Only way to get results. Wild card! Break the rules! Etc. Also, Collegium big fancy stupid word, DRED fits on T-shirt! T-shirts DRED can sell to buy detonators. FOR SCIENCE!"
Additional Reference - From "A Chat with the Zax," an interview published in Bezgelorian Illustrated
When in the field the division establishes a secret scientific facility known as a DREDplex, usually focused on developing a specific piece of technology. On Nexus, these facilities are located in a number of territories, as the legendary Eldan homeworld is a treasure trove of ancient technologies and exotic resources.
Mondo Zax is the leader of DRED. Brilliant and infinitely curious, "the Zax" is a borderline sociopath with a vindictive streak a mile wide. Those who cross him tend to him meet an untimely and painful demise.
The drilldozer is a Zax-designed subterranean vehicle manufactured by DRED for Dominion forces. Powered by powerful modified starship engines in the rear and a massive drillbit in front the drilldozer can burrow through most types of soil, earth, and even solid rock (for short periods). The drilldozer allows the quick and secret deployment of science expeditions, military strike teams, and others who wish to travel in underground comfort and security.
The game journal.