Technology Transfer at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: A Diagnostic Analysis
GEORGE MASON UNIV FAIRFAX VA TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER STUDY CENTER
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Five technology transfer issues have been identified as relevant to the DARPA mission. 1 Transfer within Programs Intra-program transfer describes what DARPA program managers do on a day-to-day basis and typically involves seven strategies enlisting the best talent encouraging social interaction encouraging inter-institutional linkages providing adequate and sustained fiscal support concern for downstream applications promoting creativity supporting innovations which strengthen the RD system. 2 Transfer of the Military 3 Domestic Spin-off 4 Technical Knowledge Containment All DARPAs contractors share a great concern for the security issue, but few if any are able to propose viable countermeasures. There is a general fear that new restrictions on communication within the DARPA network would reduce creativity and productivity and might thus have a net negative effect on the Nations standing as a technology leader. 5 Transfer into DARPA from Other Sources DARPA has no reliable process for acquiring new ideas from sources outside the DARPA contractor pool. Better intelligence is needed on what is going on both in the U.S. and in foreign countries including the Soviet Bloc.
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