Technology Transition: A More Complete Picture
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB MAXWELL AFB AL
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This article explores the current view of technology transition, why that view can be considered too narrowly focused, and how we can look at it in a broader, more holistic way. Technology transition is the process of inserting technology into military systems so the military can perform its missions. Most of the time, the focus is on incorporating technology into a system, preferably through an interaction between the science and technology ST and acquisition communities. However, there are other ways to view technology transition, such as improving our understanding of the trade space in which the systems designer must operate. This article offers four possible paths for technology transition and gives examples from the Air Force Research Labs Space Vehicles Directorate.
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