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Transitioning Research & Development – Working with Small Businesses __________________ January 2012. UNCLASSIFIED. Dan Cundiff Deputy Director, Comparative Technology Office Office of the Director, Defense Defense Research & Engineering Rapid Fielding Directorate

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transitioning research development working with small businesses january 2012

Transitioning Research & Development – Working with Small Businesses __________________January 2012

UNCLASSIFIED

Dan Cundiff

Deputy Director,

Comparative

Technology Office

Office of the Director, Defense

Defense Research & Engineering

Rapid Fielding Directorate

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Email: dan.cundiff@osd.mil

Phone: (571) 372- 6807

UNCLASSIFIED

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Key Programs of Interest

(Transition-Enabling Programs)

  • Description
  • Focus Areas
  • Additional Information
    • Point of Contact
    • Website
  • Examples of Small Business Participation
  • Manufacturing Technology (ManTech)
  • Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC)
  • Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF)
  • Technology Transfer

UNCLASSIFIED

manufacturing technology mantech
Manufacturing Technology(ManTech)
  • Description
    • Services & Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech)
      • Address processing & fabrication issues related to weapon systems and components
      • Implementation in defense industry, depots, and shipyards
  • Focus Areas
    • ManTech (Services & DLA): Platform-driven processes for composites, electronics, metals and the Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise
  • For Additional Information
    • Michael Dunn, michael.dunn.ctr@osd.mil, 571-227-8761
    • Website: www.dodmantech.com
    • Annual Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC): Nov 26-29, 2012 in Orlando, FL (http://dmc2011.com)
manufacturing technology small business
Manufacturing Technology- Small Business -

Machining for Fabrication: Integrally Bladed Rotors (IBRs) 

  • Objective: Establish machining techniques for titanium alloys that has twice the materials removal rate while maintaining tool life
  • Reduce overall price of machined titanium components
  • Transition from Phase II SBIR, demo in lab environment, to Phase III, demo on shop floor

Develop high speed machining / high frequency tooth pass modeling capabilities and apply to machining of titanium

Highly Energy Efficient Shelters with Aerogel* Insulation

  • Objective: Develop improved manufacturing process to integrate aerogel insulation into military soft wall shelter skins
    • Low thermal conductivity preserves heat or conditioned air in living quarters
    • Greatly reduce fuel requirements
    • Cost efficient & scalable manufacturing process needed to bond tent skin material to surface of aerogel

Aerogel Insulated Tent

Control Tent

* Aerogel: Nano-sized porous silica material with lowest thermal conductivity of any known solid

defense acquisition challenge dac
Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC)
  • Description
    • Test mature technologies that ‘challenges’ incumbent on existing acquisition programs
    • Anyone can propose
      • Improved system performance, production, or affordability
      • Proposed technology tested in two years or less
  • Focus Areas – Ongoing Operations:
    • Forward Operating Bases
    • Hostile Fire / Aircrew Protection
    • Tactical Unit Field Medical Capabilities
    • Advanced Individual Weapons
  • For Additional Information
    • Paul Frichtl, paul.frichtl.ctr@osd.mil, 571-372-6804
    • Website: https://cto.acqcenter.com
      • BAA and unsolicited proposals; guidelines for proposal submission
  • Autonomous & Portable Air
  • Ground & Underwater Systems
  • Enhanced Soldier Protection
  • Improved Power Sources
defense acquisition challenge small business
Defense Acquisition Challenge- Small Business -

Mini-Combat Trauma Patient Simulation System

  • Realistic training provided for over 3500 medics
  • Reduced training attrition rate (23% to 6%)

Portable Oxygen Generator

  • Reduces logistical burden in transporting oxygen tanks to patients in field hospitals
  • Provides 10x weight savings
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Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF)

  • Establish competitive, merit-based program to accelerate fielding innovative technologies into military systems or programs
  • Priority to small businesses
    • Includes transition of SBIR Phase II
  • Key activities:
    • Military Services & OSD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) issue solicitations (BAAs)
    • Industry response: White papers
    • Eligible offerors invited to submit full proposals
    • Award
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RIF Selection Criteria

  • Is relevant to operational need or acquisition program, and:
    • Enhances military capability
    • Accelerates development of military capability
    • Reduces the development cost of an acquisition program
    • Reduces sustainment cost of a fielded system
  • Is completed within 24 months of award
  • Cost is not more than $3 million
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Technology Transfer (T2)

  • Description
    • Integrate advanced commercial-sector technologies into DoD systems, particularly from non-traditional defense contractors
    • Ensure spin-off of DoD-developed technologies to the commercial sector
    • Establish Cooperative R&D Agreements (CRADAs) with private sector for cost-sharing of dual-use technology
  • Focus Areas
    • Over 3,000 active CRADAs and 450 active patent license agreements (PLA)
      • FY08 CRADA payback: $90M, PLA royalties: $16M
    • Partner with private industry, especially small businesses
  • For Additional Information
    • Point of Contact: Dan Cundiff, dan.cundiff@osd.mil, 571-372-6807
    • Website: www.acq.osd.mil/ott/techtransit
technology transfer partnership intermediaries
Technology Transfer -Partnership Intermediaries
  • State, local government, or nonprofit entities that facilitate federal technology transfer
    • Assist companies or educational institutions in utilizing federal technologies (find the right lab to work with)
    • Offer services that increase the likelihood of success of cooperative or joint activities of the laboratory with small business or educational institutions
  • Provide Skill & Capabilities Not Resident in Organizations to:
  • Market Research & Development
  • Facilitate Partnering
  • Develop Licensing Technologies & Commercialization Plans
  • Explore Applications for New Products
technology transfer partnership intermediaries1
Technology Transfer:Partnership Intermediaries
  • Helps commercialize leading-edge technologies by partnering DoD Labs with private sector companies
  • Has worked with approximately 75% of DoD labs and centers nationwide
    • Facilitated 650 partnerships & 200 license agreements
  • Supporting numerous DoD research organizations to develop licensing and cooperative R&D agreements with US companies

techlinkcenter.org

  • Provides hands-on product design, prototyping, and manufacturing assistance to transition innovative technology to the US Warfighter
  • Assists DoD suppliers in multiple areas related to manufacturing and design, including:
    • Product design
    • Manufacturing sustainability
    • Prototyping & requirements compliance

www.miltechcenter.com

  • Product commercialization for sustainable supply
  • Production ramp-up & efficiency
  • Facility layout, quality systems, etc
technology transfer partnership intermediaries2
Technology Transfer:Partnership Intermediaries
  • Arlington, TX
  • http://thecenterforinnovation.org/techcomm
  • Inter-agency coalition of U.S. federal agencies & their federal labs
  • Facilitates –
    • Transfer of patented technology to industries for commercial use and manufacturing
    • Cooperative research between federal labs with both universities and industry
      • Departments: Defense, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Commerce (NIST), & National Institutes of Health
      • Multi-State affiliate network: South-central U.S.
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Competing for Transition Funds

Some Issues for Consideration

  • Urgency / Timing - -
    • Operational or Combatant Command (COCOM) need
    • Satisfies a routine operation capability need?
  • Who is the Buyer - -
    • On critical path or ‘nice to have’ ?
    • Actively committed, or passively awaiting results?
  • Worked with DoD Before - -
    • If not, who is your ‘broker’?
  • So What - -
    • Saves lives (vehicle or body armor)?
    • Saves money (improved component, subassembly)?
    • Game changer (UAVs, IED detection)?
  • Who is Customer / Sponsor - -
    • Lab, weapon system PM, industry, congressional, other government agency?
  • Risk, Technology maturity - -
    • Technology Readiness Level (TRL) / Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL)?
    • Risk is best guess or well-understood?
the transition lexicon
The Transition Lexicon
  • Technology Transition: Range of activities involved with improving, moving, maturing, and speeding the movement of technology to the marketplace
    • In DoD, this usually applies to developing, adapting, or improving commercial and military technologies for use in weapon system applications. For example, monitoring technology movement to:
      • the next phase of acquisition; OR
      • an actual military system that has been or may be fielded; OR
      • a military / commercial test facility or depot
  • Technology Insertion: Introduction, placement, and integration of a demonstrated defense or commercial technology into a military system, component, or application
the transition lexicon cont d
The Transition Lexicon (Cont’d)
  • Technology Transfer: In DoD, it’s the intentional communication (sharing) of knowledge, expertise, facilities, equipment, and other resources for application to military and nonmilitary systems with state and local governments, industries, and academia. (i.e. spin-off, dual-use, and spin-on)
  • Affordability: Consideration of “best value” options that integrates performance, cost, producibility / manufacturability, reliability, supportability, and risk
    • Does not mean the “cheapest”
      • Dictionary: To manage to bear without serious detriment . . . reasonable, modest, moderate . . .