Annex D. Space And Missile Defense Technologies
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


A. Introduction

One of the more notable benefits of technology development at the USASSDC is technology transfer. The command defines Technology Transfer (T2) as the application of scientific and technological capabilities to fields of endeavor other than those for which they were developed. USASSDC is committed to transferring and facilitating access of USASSDC-developed technology to enhance our nation's defense, economy, and competitiveness. USASSDC is required by law to establish an Office of Research and Technology Application for acting as contacts for T2 and executing a T2 program as an R&D activity. The ORTA for USASSDC is located in the Program Analysis & Integration Directorate at MDSTC.

Legal Mechanisms used to accomplish the T2 process include Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs), Patent Licensing Agreements (PLAs), spinoff technologies from the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs). In relation to the SBIR program, there is a new two-year pilot program called Fast Track. The intent of this program is to support, by early award of a phase II contract, those companies which, during the high risk phase I effort, attract independent third-party private sector funding. T2 tools used to facilitate the T2 process include the Automated Technology Catalog, Patent and Dual-Use Catalogs, T2 brochures, workshops, and newsletters.