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Analysis of Innovation Communities of Interest for Technology Transfer and Development

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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Naval Postgraduate School

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In A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2016, The Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Richardson, identified, the increasing rate of technological creation and adoption as one of the three major interrelated global forces shaping todays strategic environment. To achieve high velocity learning at every level, the paper cited the need to Adapt processes to be inherently receptive to innovation and creativity. The Department of the Navy Additive Manufacturing Implementation Plan states that, The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are realizing the potential of additive manufacturing to transform the Department of the Navy through innovation in design, rapid prototyping, and future applications that enable warfighter readiness and self-sustainment during operations. Through the Department of the Navys Small Business Innovation ResearchSBIR Program, small businesses of 500 people or less have the opportunity to address naval needs in more than 30 science and technology areas. SBIR provides the fleet with innovative advances in technology developed by small firms. SBIR participants benefit both from program awards as well as the further development and commercialization of the resulting products. In addition, the Navy Small Business Technology Transfer STTR program is intended to foster transitions of joint efforts between qualified small businesses and research institutions to Navy and Marine Corps, in particular Collaboration and brain storming methods have inspired new possibilities, critical thinking skills, and collaboration, through Design ThinkingDT, User Based Design, experimentation, rapid prototyping, and intrapreneurship. By identifying and connecting the nodes in these social innovation networks using open source data and voluntarily provided information, the Navy can amplify effects generated within additive manufacturing communities of interest to increase warfighter readiness and self-sustainment.


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  • Administration and Management
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

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[A, Approved For Public Release]