Transition and Innovation
When technologies transition out of the research and development phase into the commercial market, it is a win for both industry and the government. Technology transition enables innovative technologies to fuel economic growth by increasing corporate and small business revenue, thereby creating jobs and services critical to ensuring the United States remains ahead in the fight to combat terror. The government also benefits by ensuring that the investments made into R&D reach the commercial or government market and remain good and efficient stewards of taxpayer dollars. Technology transition is the process of taking a technology from the developmental and prototype phase to production and deployment by the end user community. Transition success is achieved when research and development products have evolved to the commercial market and/or have been inserted into government acquisition programs and can be easily and continuously obtained by the combating terrorism community. The path from the research and development phase to transition success can be challenging, and it is the mission of the Technology Transition Office at CTTSO to help overcome transition challenges to ensure success for the developers and end users. The Technology Transition Office at CTTSO works with internal program managers, external government agencies, end users, industry, and developers to overcome any barriers that may prohibit the successful transition of CTTSO technologies.