Transitioning Research Concepts to the Command and Control Community Quickly
MAK TECHNOLOGIES INC CAMBRIDGE MA
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We present a business model providing an extremely fast method of transferring new research to the command and control community. As any software developer or user knows, there is a vast gulf between research beta prototypes and commercial quality software. By shortening the time between concept and commercialization, command and control programs increase their technological advantage. We demonstrate that a marketplace of multiple competing vendors of similar products works much better than a single anointed government-subsidized solution. In particular, using Small Business Innovative Research SBIR grants to transition to commercial-off-the-shelf COTS software is more effective than monolithic decade-long programs. We briefly mention the products, as concrete examples of successful commercialization, but defer any detailed description of the products themselves to other literatures. The emphasis in this paper is on the process, not the specific grants or products.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Command, Control and Communications Systems