of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA)
U.S. Joint Forces Command’s (USJFCOM) Office of Research and Technology
Applications (ORTA) is the focal point for the command’s Technology
Transfer Authority (TTA).
It oversees partnership agreements between the command and
other organizations and identifies new technologies that
will help fulfill warfighter requirements. By law, any government
organization using TTA must have an ORTA.
The ORTA offers advice and assists with Cooperative
Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), intellectual property
agreements, patent licensing agreements, personnel exchange
and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects.
Technology transfer allows the government and other parties
to protect their rights while engaging in research and development.
It also provides the government the use of intellectual property
while protecting the rights of the company to guard its patents.
While USJFCOM is not a national laboratory, DoD recognizes
that much of what the command does in its joint concept development
and experimentation role has national laboratory-like implications
USJFCOM uses TTA to speed the research and development process.
The goal is to quickly develop new ideas from academic, industrial,
national and international research laboratories into integrated
joint warfighting capabilities. One way USJFCOM uses TTA
is by entering into CRADAs with private companies and other
entities, which allow partners to share costs.
The objective of a CRADA is cooperative research that will
enhance the mission of the command and benefit the other
party. CRADAs define the individual responsibilities of each
party and rights to intellectual property developed under
Under federal law, the command can establish CRADAs with
industrial organizations, industrial development organizations,
non-profit organizations, universities, state and local governments.
USJFCOM may provide personnel, facilities, and equipment
to perform the cooperative research, but may not provide
funds to support a CRADA. The other party may provide personnel,
facilities, equipment, and funding.
The command has signed ten CRADAs with non-DoD organizations.