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Technology Transition and Transfer Programs

The S&T community needs methods by which to identify technology requirements, match technology to those customer requirements, and transition that technology into tools that customers will use.  The community also needs to determine the best way to support the technical insertion of new technologies into system development.  Transitioning technology does not come naturally and can be very difficult.  To transition technology successfully requires positive actions by people interacting throughout the system.  A marketplace for the technology and appropriate applications for these technologies is necessary.  The following programs were specifically designed to assist the community with developing new technologies that could be successfully transitioned.  In some cases, the programs offer another source of funds, in addition to the specific program that supports the transition.

  1. Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATD). ATDs are normally at the Service level and funded with a combination of Service laboratory 6.3 funds and program office funds.

  2. Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD). Formerly called Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) until approximately 2006 when the name changed to JCTD. The JCTD Program resides under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability and Prototyping (DASD(EC&P)). DAU conducts a JCTD Workshop (WSE 016) for the JCTD Program Office at least annually.

  3. Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO). This office resides under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability and Prototyping (DASD(EC&P)).

  4. Comparative Technology Office (CTO). Formerly known as Foreign Comparative Test Office. The CTO resides under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability and Prototyping (DASD(EC&P)).

  5. Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Portal. "The Rapid Innovation Fund provides a vehicle for small businesses to provide the Department with innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet specific Defense needs. The fund is administered jointly by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and Office of Small Business Programs." - DASD(EC&P) Initiatives & Analysis page. The RIF Portal, which is the link provided above, can be found under the Defense Innovation Marketplace site's Business menu tab. From its inception in FY11, the RIF has been funded by Congressional Adds, not core Service/Agency/DoD dollars, though there has been discussion in 2017-18 to start a core-funded program in the near future.

  6. Defense Production Act Title III Program. The DPA Title III program, initiated in 1950 and renewed by Congress many times since then, is run by the DASD for Industrial Policy under USD(A&S).

  7. DoD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program. The DoD ManTech program was established in its current form in 1956 and is run by USD(R&E). It is governed by DoDD 4200.15, which was reissued on 15 Oct 2018. "The Office of Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation has policy and oversight responsibility to ensure that the linkage between "industrial policy" and "manufacturing" is firmly established and effectively coordinated. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) each have a ManTech investment program. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has two manufacturing technology investment strategies for its Defense-wide Manufacturing Science & Technology program, (DMS&T).  These are the OSD ManTech program and the DoD-led Manufacturing USA institutes. DMS&T was established to address cross-cutting, game-changing initiatives that are beyond the scope of any one Military Department or Defense Agency." - ManTech Program page of Defense Innovation Marketplace site.

  8. Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR). The SBIR/STTR programs are U.S. government programs not unique to the DoD. Within the DoD, they are overseen by the DoD Office of Small Business Programs under USD(A&S). There is also a Small Business Portal under the Defense Innovation Marketplace site's Business menu tab.

  9. Defense Innovation Unit (DIU); formerly Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) prior to Oct 2018. Established by SECDEF Carter in 2014 to foster DoD work with non-traditional DoD contractors.

  10. Defense Acquisition Challenge Program (DACP). Also known as simply the "Challenge Program." Authorized under 10 U.S.C. 2359b.

  11. Technology Transition Initiative (TTI). Established by Congress in 2002 under 10 U.S.C. 2359a.

  12. Independent Research and Development (IR&D). IR&D is conducted by a defense contractor and has been authorized by Congress to be reimbursed by the DoD in the company's G&A rates for decades. The Defense Innovation Markeplace web site was established in 2010 to provide government research and capability needs to industry and to provide industry IR&D project summaries to government personnel with need to know. See the DAU ACQuipedia IR&D article for more on this subject.

  13. DoD Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO). Have not found a web page for SCO yet.

  14. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). Established 28 April 2003. Have not yet found a public web page for the Air Force RCO.

  15. Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). "The Army Rapid Capabilities Office was created in August 2016 to expedite the delivery of critical combat materiel capabilities to the Warfighter to meet Combatant Commanders’ needs. The Office is headquartered in the National Capital Region." - Army RCO site.

  16. Department of the Navy Future Naval Capabilities. Note: For Office of Naval Research (ONR) Technology Transition Agreement (TTA) Level A and Level B templates, please go to Service-Specific Policy & Guidance>Navy/Marine Corps folder on this CoP.

  17. Navy/Marine Corps Maritime Accelerated Capabilities Office (MACO). Established in 2016. Based on the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. No web site found yet.

  18. Commercial Operations and Support Savings Initiative (COSSI) (possibly historical). Not able to find a recent web site about this program but did find some Service references to this program as late as 2012. The last COSSI guide was published in 2001 and can be found via internet search. Listed here for historical purposes.

  19. Joint Experimentation Program (possibly historical). Can find no recent web site for this program. This effort was run by the Joint Staff at one time under Joint Forces Command, which was disestablished in 2011. However, CJCSI 3010.02D (2013) states, "While not eliminating the DoD Joint Experimentation program, this instruction eliminates the Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff (DJ-7), role as the lead for Joint Experimentation and focuses on Joint Concept Development (JCD)."
Managers Guide to Technology Transition 2005 [HISTORICAL].pdf
Reference12/22/2015 5:26 PM
STM CoP page Technology Transition Programs.ppt
Presentation9/7/2006 3:58 PM
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