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Operational System Development

Budget Activity 7, Operational System Development. This budget activity includes development efforts to upgrade systems that have been fielded or have received approval for full-rate production and anticipate production funding in the current or subsequent fiscal year. All items are major line item projects that appear as RDT&E Costs of Weapon System Elements in other […]

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RDT&E Management Support

RDT&E Management Support (BA-6) includes research, development, test and evaluation efforts and funds to sustain and/or modernize the installations or operations required for general research, development, test and evaluation. Test ranges, military construction, maintenance support of laboratories, operation and maintenance of test aircraft and ships, and studies and analyses in support of the RDT&E program

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Advanced Component Development & Prototypes

Advanced Component Development & Prototypes (ACD&P) (BA-4) finances efforts necessary to evaluate integrated technologies, representative models, or prototype systems in high fidelity and realistic operating environment are funded in this BA. The ACD&P phase includes system-specific efforts that help expedite technology transition from the laboratory to operational use. Emphasis is on proving component and subsystem

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System Development and Demonstration

System Development & Demonstration programs (BA-5) have passed Milestone B approval and are conducting engineering and manufacturing development tasks aimed at meeting validated requirements prior to full-rate production. This BA is characterized by major line item projects and program control is exercised by review of individual programs and projects. Prototype performance is near or at

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Technology Transition Initiative

10 U.S. Code § 2359a – Repealed. The Technology Transition Initiative (TTI) is a DoD program that helps move technology from a science and Technology (S&T) program into a DoD acquisition programs.  Congress established it in 2002 to bridge the gap between demonstration and production of S&T funded technology in (10 U.S.C. 2359a). It often takes

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Small Business Technology Transfer Program

  The purpose of Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to harness the innovative talents of our nation’s small technology companies for U.S. military and economic strength. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.   The

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Research and Development Cost

Research & Development (R&D) Cost consists of development costs (both contractor and Government) incurred from the beginning of the Materiel Solution Analysis (MSA) Phase, Technology Development (TD) Phase and through the end of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase. – See R&D Appropriations Typically costs include: [1] Advanced technology development Assembly Common support equipment

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Small Business Innovation Research Program

The purpose of DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs is to harness the innovative talents of our nation’s small technology companies for U.S. military and economic strength. The program funds at over one billion dollars of projects annually and is made up of 12 participating components. SBIRS program

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Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)

Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) examines the military utility and provides an assessment of new technology to clearly establish its operational utility and system integrity. The demonstration introduces operational concepts utilizing this new technology to solve important military problems and facilitates technology transition. A JCTD may be a substitute for a formal Capabilities Based Assessment

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Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military. DARPA is independent from other more conventional military R&D and reports directly to senior Department of Defense management. DARPA has around 240 personnel (about 140 technical)

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Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is a written agreement between a private company and a government agency to work together on a project. It’s one of the principal mechanisms used by federal labs to engage in collaborative efforts with non-federal partners to achieve the goals of technology transfer. The government laboratories provide equipment,

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Applied Basic Research

Applied Research Applied Research is designed to solve practical problems of the modern world, rather than to acquire knowledge for knowledge’s sake. One might say that the goal of the applied scientist is to improve the human condition. For example, applied researchers may investigate ways to: Improve ballistic materials for bulletproof vests Increase fuel efficiency

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Advanced Technology Development

An Advanced Technology Development (ATD) is a Budget Activity (BA) 3 within a Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation account. ATD includes the development of subsystems and components and efforts to integrate subsystems and components into system prototypes for field experiments and/or tests in a simulated environment. ATD also includes Concept and Technology Demonstrations

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Critical Technology Element

A Critical Technology Element (CTE) is a new or novel technology that a platform or system depends on to achieve successful development or production or to successfully meet a system operational threshold requirement. Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) are a method of estimating the technology maturity of CTE of a program during the Acquisition Process. They

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Independent Research & Development

Independent Research & Development (IR&D) is a technical research and development effort by industry that is not sponsored by or required in the performance of a contract.  It consists of projects within (1) Basic Research and (2) Applied Research & Development, (3) Development, and (4) System and other concept formulation studies. Contractors can recover a

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Defense Science Board (DSB)

The Defense Science Board (DSB) provides the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and, as requested, other Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Principal Staff Assistants, the Secretaries of the Military Departments, the Commanders

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Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA)

A Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) (Title 10 U.S.C. § 2366b) is a formal, metrics-based process and accompanying report that assesses the maturity of critical hardware and software technologies called Critical Technology Elements (CTE) to be used in systems. It is conducted by an Independent Review Team (IRT) of subject matter experts (SMEs). All DoD acquisition

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Advanced Technology Demonstration

An Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) is a demonstration of the maturity and potential of advanced technologies for enhanced military operational capability or cost-effectiveness. They may provide early insights into available technologies for incorporation into developmental or mature, post-prototype systems. ATDs are identified, sponsored, and funded by Services and agencies. They follow Advanced Technology Development. [1]

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

The purpose of DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs is to harness the innovative talents of our nation’s small technology companies for U.S. military and economic strength. The program funds over one billion dollars of projects annually and is made up of 12 participating components. The SBIR program

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Technology Broad Agency Announcement

  A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a notice from the government that requests scientific or research proposals from private firms concerning certain areas of interest to the government. The proposals submitted by the private firms may lead to contracts.   FAR 35.016 (a) Broad Agency Announcement procedure is for the acquisition of basic and

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DoD Research and Technology Funding Opportunities

  Below is a list of the main websites that list DoD related technology funding opportunities. Department of Defense Federal Business Opportunities DoD Research and Technology Opportunities  Army Army Networking the Soldier: Information for Industry Army Technology Opportunities Army Engineer Research and Development Center Army Research Laboratory/Army Research Office Navy Navy Technology Opportunities Naval Research

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Technology Readiness Level (TRL) – Overview

Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) are a method of estimating the technology maturity of Critical Technology Elements (CTE) of a program during the research, development, and deployment phase of the acquisition process. They are determined during a Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) that examines program concepts, technology requirements, and demonstrated technology capabilities. TRLs”s were originally developed by

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Technology Development Strategy (TDS)

Note: The Technology Development Strategy (TDS) is no longer required for DoD Programs according to DoD Instruction 5000.02. A programs technology development approach is now detailed in a programs Acquisition Strategy. The Technology Development Strategy (TDS) describes the acquisition approach that will be undertaken to mature key technologies and maturation efforts to Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

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