By Reaching Out to Technology Experts and Connecting to Small Companies, Institute Ensures DoD Has Access to Relevant Technologies

How can a large organization like the Department of Defense find best technology ideas that are percolating in the commercial market place?  Declining budgets and an increase in innovation in the commercial market space -- coupled with smaller/innovative companies not knowing how to do business with DoD -- make the process even more challenging.

The Potomac Institute is assisting with the solution, through DoD’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office Innovation Outreach program, by identifying and evaluating commercial technologies and products developed in industry and academia that can address critical defense needs.  This work ensures government organizations gain access to the most relevant and available technologies to help accomplish their missions.

The RRTO Innovation Outreach program supports the exploration of commercially-developed capabilities and products that meet critical and diverse government needs.  And the Potomac Institute plays an important role in the process.  The Institute surveys potential commercial technologies and available laboratory-proven capabilities to solve DoD needs in ways that would not be available through traditional DoD suppliers.

By directly reaching out to commercial technology experts, the Institute can leverage the most innovative advances currently being explored that could rapidly meet the needs of the DoD. Connections to the small companies developing commercial technology aimed at the consumer market are absolutely necessary for the success of this program.

The entire process takes about four months, starting with identifying requirements and needs, then analyzing potential technologies, and then bringing it all together.  Engaging the community who support new industries and new technologies helps bring a wide array of talent and expertise to identify solutions.

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