Accession Number:

ADA496041

Title:

Assessment of Industry Attitudes on Collaborating with the U.S. Department of Defense in Research and Development and Technology Sharing

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INDUSTRIES AND ECONOMIC SECURITY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

159.0

Abstract:

At the request of the U.S. Department of the Air Force, an assessment was undertaken by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security BIS in conjunction with Trotta Associates to review attitudes of private companies toward sharing new or promising technologies developed for commercial use with the Department of Defense DoD. The primary goals of the study were 1. To examine private industry experiences when communicating, interacting, and collaborating with DoD as well as non-defense federal agencies and the private sector, specifically related to research and development RD programs 2. Based on these experiences, to identify actions DoD agencies can take to encourage more RD ties between private industry and government, in order to draw on new commercial technologies, thus improving defense technology, eliminating duplicate development programs, and saving materials and resources. BIS designed and conducted the industry survey instrument and collected and entered the responses into the database which was utilized for analysis by Trotta Associates. Surveys were mailed to companies in the following technology areas Advanced Composites, Power Electronics, Batteries, and Wireless Broadband. The selection of these particular technologies was essentially based on three criteria 1 areas important to DoD 2 technologies driven by commercial markets and 3 areas with different industry structures and market forces. Surveys were sent to 1,022 companies representing the four technologies. After the initial surveys were distributed, the Air Force requested that additional surveys be sent to a special category of defense-supplier companies primarily in the aerospace and electronics field. Forty seven special category companies received surveys. To facilitate analysis, the survey responses were divided into two major sub-groups defense contractors and non-defense contractors.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE