DDR&E All Hands Brief

Research &
Development –
Working with Small
Dan Cundiff
Deputy Director,
Technology Office
Office of the Director, Defense
Defense Research & Engineering
Rapid Fielding Directorate
January 2012
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (571) 372- 6807
Key Programs of Interest
(Transition-Enabling Programs)
Technology (ManTech)
Defense Acquisition
Challenge (DAC)
Rapid Innovation Fund
Technology Transfer
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• Description
• Focus Areas
• Additional
 Point of
 Website
• Examples of
Manufacturing Technology
• 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
• For Additional Information
– Michael Dunn, [email protected], 571-227-8761
– Website: www.dodmantech.com
– Annual Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC): Nov 26-29, 2012
in Orlando, FL (http://dmc2011.com)
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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
Develop high speed machining / high frequency tooth pass
modeling capabilities and apply to machining of titanium
• Transition from Phase II SBIR, demo in lab
environment, to Phase III, demo on shop floor
Highly Energy Efficient Shelters • Objective: Develop improved manufacturing
with Aerogel* Insulation
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
Control Tent
Aerogel Insulated
* Aerogel: Nano-sized porous silica material with
lowest thermal conductivity of any known solid
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• Cost efficient & scalable manufacturing
process needed to bond tent skin material to
surface of aerogel
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
Autonomous & Portable Air
Ground & Underwater Systems
Enhanced Soldier Protection
Improved Power Sources
• For Additional Information
– Paul Frichtl, [email protected], 571-372-6804
– Website: https://cto.acqcenter.com
 BAA and unsolicited proposals; guidelines for proposal submission
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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
• Reduces logistical
burden in
transporting oxygen
tanks to patients in
field hospitals
• Provides 10x weight
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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
− 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, [email protected], 571-372-6807
– Website: www.acq.osd.mil/ott/techtransit
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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
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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
• 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
− Product commercialization for sustainable supply
− Manufacturing sustainability
− Production ramp-up & efficiency
− Prototyping & requirements compliance
− Facility layout, quality systems, etc
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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 - -
• So What - -
 Operational or Combatant
Command (COCOM) need
 Satisfies a routine
operation capability need?
 Saves lives (vehicle or body armor)?
 Saves money (improved component,
 Game changer (UAVs, IED detection)?
• Who is Customer / Sponsor - -
• Who is the Buyer -  On critical path or ‘nice to
have’ ?
 Actively committed, or
passively awaiting
 Lab, weapon system PM, industry,
congressional, other government
• Risk, Technology maturity -  Technology Readiness Level (TRL) /
Manufacturing Readiness Level
 Risk is best guess or wellunderstood?
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• Worked with DoD
Before - -
 If not, who is your
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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
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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”
o Dictionary: To manage to bear without serious detriment . . .
reasonable, modest, moderate . . .
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