Technology Transfer at DARPA: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
GEORGE MASON UNIV FAIRFAX VA TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER STUDY CENTER
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Five distinct transfer issues were uncovered, namely 1 transfer within programs intra-transfer 2 transfer to military users hand-off 3 transfer to non-military users spin-off 4 undesired transfer or leakage defined as the problem of knowledge containment and 5 transfer into DARPA from other sources in-transfer. Five specific recommendations are offered for early action to begin a more coherent and aggressive approach to transfer issues within the Agency. First, the Agency should immediately appoint a technology transfer facilitator to oversee the transition of developed technology to military use. Second, it should develop a state-of-the-art on-line retrieval system for tracking data on all projects and proposals. Third, it should develop a new system of program tracking to identify critical stages and outcomes, which we call transition analysis. Fourth, it should convene a panel on access to unclassified technical knowledge. Finally, it should establish an annual forum for the review of newly emerging technologies. A brief summary of each recommendation is given.
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