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Technology Transfer is the transfer or licensing of technology developed in Federal Laboratories to domestic partners, including industry, state and local governments, and academia. Key mechanism for the transfer are Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Patent License Agreements, Educational Partnership Agreements, and DoD-wide Partnership Intermediaries, inparticular, TechLink and TechMatch.
Title 10 USC, section 2515 established the Office of Technology Transition within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The purpose being to "ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that technology developed for national security purposes is integrated into the private sector of the United States in order to enhance national technology and industrial base..." Each of the Military Services, Defense Agencies, and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) maintain technology transfer websites to inform the public and make available general information on this program. These websites provide information on technology transfer opportunities, training, success stories, and mechanisms and agreement examples to facilitate joint research and development efforts and transfer technology to the private sector. These websites are:
DUSD(AS&C) Technology Transfer Office
Army Research Laboratory
ONR Science & Technology Office of Transition (Code 03T)
Air Force Office of Technology Transition (T2)
Missile Defense Agency
National Security Agency Domestic Technology Transfer Program
United States Joint Forces Command
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