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Master of Science

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Richard M. Franza, PhD


Due to reduced funding levels and increased pressure towards cooperation with industry, government research and development (R&D) organizations are becoming increasingly involved in the transfer of technology to the commercial sector. However, the process of technology transfer is complex, and transfer activities are being applied inconsistently across the Department of Defense. This research explores the approaches, processes and mechanisms to accomplish technology transfer. A comprehensive literature review documents many of the transfer concepts that have been proposed or are currently in use. A detailed case study then examines the technology transfer efforts of an advanced government research organization: the National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) Program. Using personal interviews with key NASP personnel as primary data, unique examples of NASP technology transfer are examined to determine whether specific transfer activities support the overall transfer goals of the organization. The analysis further investigates the similarities between the NASP program and the elements documented in the literature, and highlights recurring elements and underlying themes. The key findings of this research suggest recommendations that can be applied to enhance the transfer activities of any organization involved in technology transfer. Opportunities for additional research in this area are also offered.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of The Air Force Institute of Technology