The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is the Army’s technology leader and largest technology developer. RDECOM ensures the dominance of Army capabilities by creating, integrating and delivering technology-enabled solutions to our Soldiers. To meet this commitment to the Army, RDECOM develops technologies in its eight major laboratories and research, development and engineering centers. It also integrates technologies developed in partnership with an extensive network of academic, industry, and international partners. USI provides prime contractor support to the following three (3) RDECOM programs:
Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program
The primary objective of the ManTech Program is to provide essential manufacturing technologies that will enable affordability, sustainability, improved quality, shorter production lead times, enhanced productiveness, improved safety, and reduced risk in transitioning manufacturing technology to production. USI personnel execute the day-to-day ManTech activities by providing program mission support planning and portfolio oversight/management of the 27 different ManTech programs executed by the eight different RDEC’s totaling over $40M. This includes technology integration of ManTech products, road mapping of Army manufacturing requirements, coordination and planning with other Service and Agency manufacturing technology programs; executing goals to support DA and OSD requirements. Additionally, it includes oversight of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Centers (RDECs) and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), with respect to project development and execution.
Technology Transfer (T2) Program
The Technology Transfer (T2) program is structured to enable the collection and review all Army Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) and upload data and information to the Defense Technology Transfer Information System (DTTIS). USI T2 support personnel perform day-to-day data collection and analysis the CRADAs and Patent License Agreements (PLAs) developed between Army Laboratories and industry partners and coordinate with the Technology Transfer Integration Planning Team on the use of this information. USI T2 personnel interact with all Army’s Office of Research Technology Application representatives on a monthly basis and report the quarterly Technology Transfer Commercialization Act to the OSD Office of Technology Transfer to ensure accurate reporting of all congressionally mandated required information. USI personnel also oversee the assignment of Army Control Numbers to all CRADAs and PLAs and retain digital copies in a web based central repository for a minimum of five years to meet OSD requirements.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program
The Army SBIR program is designed to increase the participation of small, high technology firms in the Army R&D endeavor. Congressional support for the initiative was predicated upon the belief that while technology-based companies under 500 employees tended to be highly innovative, and since innovation is essential to the economic well-being of the United States, these businesses were underrepresented in government R&D activities. The ultimate objective of each SBIR project is to develop technologies and products that a small business may market to the Government or private sector, resulting in revenues from non-SBIR funding or resources.
RDECOM is responsible for managing and executing the Army SBIR and STTR programs. In this capacity RDECOM directs, monitors and coordinates activities at 25 participating Army R&D organizations, covering the full spectrum of the Army’s mission. The Army SBIR Program Management Office (PMO) acts as a focal point for these R&D organizations and maintains overall program continuity through coordination of proposal solicitation, proposal evaluations and contract awards.