Accession Number : ADA434135


Title :   Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Technology Transition


Corporate Author : DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY ARLINGTON VA


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a434135.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1997


Pagination or Media Count : 176


Abstract : The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was created in 1958 to ensure technological superiority for U.S. military forces by fostering innovation and pursuing high-payoff, frequently high-risk projects. Each conflict since that time has demonstrated the wisdom of having an entrepreneurial technical organization unfettered by tradition or conventional thinking. For example, in Operation Desert Storm, the Persian Gulf War of 1990, some of the revolutionary capabilities, such as the F-117 stealth fighter, the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), and the Precision Guided Munitions were the direct result of initiatives of this small agency in the preceding years. Successful though DARPA has been, the introduction of new capabilities into our forces has been relatively slow for a variety of reasons. It is important to examine past transitions of technology to military applications in order to improve the processes and to understand the right investment strategies. Introducing high-quality military capabilities is obviously important and, historically, has been the department's dominant goal. In today's less certain world, in which many potential adversaries have access to technology almost as rapidly as does the U. S. military, the time it takes to apply new technology takes on new significance. It is hoped that this study will go a long way to focus attention on improving the transition process and timeline.


Descriptors :   *TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER , *MILITARY RESEARCH , MILITARY APPLICATIONS , SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Administration and Management


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE