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Opportunities for Partnering with US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM). Dr. Russell Richards Manager, Office of Research and Technology Applications August 15, 2007. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR). ORTA Coordinates. Industry Engagement. USJFCOM Public Web Site
US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM)
Dr. Russell Richards
Manager, Office of Research and Technology Applications
August 15, 2007
We now have several mechanisms to facilitate the engagement of businesses (large and small) and universities with JFCOM.Mechanisms for Engaging w Industry
JFCOM Contracting / Business Manager
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
Technology Transfer Authorities (ORTA)
Also, “Spin Off”
Complete Capability Package
Industry; Academia; State & Local Gov’ts; Service, National, and Other Labs
Provide Value Added
Partner and “Spin-On”
Determine what the warfighter needs; inform our partners; infuse their technologies and capabilities; partner with them to make sure the capabilities meet the warfighter’s needs and transition capabilities to the warfighter
JFCOM Org HiPri’s; Lines of Operation
JCA Prioritized Gaps
Working to Improve on
Getting the Word Out!
(e.g., from President, SecDef, Chairman, DPG, QDR, Transformation Road Map)
COCOM IPLs and Engagement
Concise message to tell industry how you can help us!
JFCOM High Priority Capability Areas
Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (CIED)
Information Sharing, Information Security
Effects Based Planning; Decision Support
Database Integration, Knowledge Management
Joint Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance
Force and Materiel Tracking, Personnel Recovery
Modeling and Simulation
Joint Command & Control (Capability Portfolio Manager), Net Enabled Command & Control
“We have a potential solution.”
“These are the problems that require your help.”
Send email to email@example.com
Abstract with Briefing or White Paper
JFCOM Focused Forums, Industry Symposium, Web Page, Announcements, Presentations, Engagement
Request Opportunity to Give Capability Presentation or Demo
Tasker to Determine Interest
“Who is interested in a capability presentation?”
Hold capability presentation/demo;Discover promising capabilities
“What is the capability? Who might be interested?”
Focused forums (select a single important JFCOM need; inform industry; seek solutions)
Advantages: Provide greater reach, easier and more convenient for you, and less expensive to do.
Annual NDIA/JFCOM Industry Symposium
FedBizOps, JFCOM Web Page
JFCOM OutreachIndustry Engagement
CRADA authorization arises from a separate statute, so FAR procedures do not apply;
Several pieces of Congressional legislation to encourage federal labs to partner with industry and academia
Stevenson-Wydler Act, Bayh-Dole Act, Tech Transfer Act
CRADAs allow us to share risks and resources; should provide clear benefit to both JFCOM and the partner (“win/win”)What is a CRADA?
Cooperative Research & Development Agreement
CRADAs protect the intellectual property of our partners; trade secrets or confidential information supplied by a partner shall not be disclosed
Partner gets right to patent inventions and may get an exclusive license to inventions in a specific negotiated field of endeavor under the CRADA efforts, but at a minimum the government gets a royalty-free license to inventions that are developed through the partnershipWhat is a CRADA? … cont’d
We do little research; more development (and integration); but significant test & experimentation
Our partners are generally strong in R&D
Our strength is on the T&E part of RDT&E
Examine how well capabilities integrate with other capabilities; test for interoperability
Experiment to determine utility to the warfighter; provide feedback on what we like or don’t like; partner with you to “get it right”
Plus – JFCOM rounds out the RDT&E with conops, training, and doctrine so that we provide a complete capability package to the warfighterWhy Do a CRADA with JFCOM?
Good partnerships result when the partners complement each other; both partners benefit.
Improve our standing with industry
CRADAs give us a chance to leverage work our partners have already done
Reduces the resources that JFCOM will have to provide
Reduces the amount of time required to accomplish the projects
Reduces the risk
Improves the quality of the product
Better, cheaper, faster, lower risk – not bad!Benefits to JFCOM
Access to JFCOM personnel; both technical and operational
What do they like?
What needs to be improved?
What is the utility?
JFCOM support for the doctrine, training, TTPs
Integration and interoperability testing
Inclusion of capabilities in experiments and other events
Access to JFCOM facilities, M&S tools, networks, databases, scenarios, and other resources
Exposure beyond JFCOMAdvantages to our Partners?
Phase I: < $100K; 6 months feasibility study
Phase II: < $750K for those that are selected; up to 2 years for prototype development
Phase III: No SBIR funding; Other funding for commercialization or transition; non-monetary assistance from the government
Targets small businesses (< 500 employees)
Funding is awarded competitively (FAR applies), but process is streamlinedSmall Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
A change in JFCOM R&D funding line from the Navy in 2006 to the Office of SecDef (OSD) in 2007 resulted in transition problems
JFCOM attempting to resolve the problems
JFCOM is “exploring” its own SBIR program to give us more flexibility to address the research problems important to us
Submit 5-7 topics each year
Award 2-3 Phase I contracts for each topic
Compete the good ideas and down select to one Phase II award for each topicSBIR Programmatics
Similar to SBIR but for small businesses partnered with universities or other research institutions (FFRDCs, not-for-profits)
Education Partnership Agreement -- none yet but several discussions
ODU, Hampton U., William and Mary, ECPI
Inventions, patents, trademarks, data rights, licenses (protecting JFCOM intellectual property); “spin off”
Technology transfer trainingOther ORTA Activities
We are becoming more externally focused
We are looking to find capabilities and experience that we can leverage before we undertake to build the capabilities ourselves
We are becoming a better partner
We value our partnerships with industry and academia
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.orgConcluding Comments