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Technology Transition

Technology Transition is the process by which technology deemed to be of significant use to the operational military community is transitioned from the S&T or a commercial off the shelf (COTs) innovation into a funded prototype, tested by DoD, and then as a modification to an existing program of record. This is a streamlined means to monetize private investments without relinquishing intellectual property (IP). DoD has recognized a need for this and established processes & procedures to reach out & interact with industry.

Purpose:   The North Carolina Military Business Center has established a Technology Transition office to provide a liaison between North Carolina innovative technologies and the Department of Defense. This liaison will facilitate increased communications and collaboration between DoD agencies and the North Carolina innovation ecosystem by:

  • providing information & understanding to NC Companies concerning emerging Federal requirements and the processes & procedures for interacting with various agencies
  • conducting emerging technology forums and discussions
  • engaging with NC industry to gain a better understanding of its technologies
  • facilitating interactions between NC companies and Federal customers
  • representing NC to the Federal market
  • strengthening existing relationships and building new ones
  • scouting for breakthrough and emerging technologies
  • serving as a local point of presence for the Department of Defense
Most importantly, by registering on this page, the Tech Transition Center will keep you apprised of tech transition opportunities and assist you with relating your technologies to DoD operational requirements and or gaps.


“We want to partner with businesses on everything from autonomy to robotics to biomedical to engineering; from power, energy and propulsion to distributed systems, data science and the Internet of thingsif we are going to leverage these technologies to defend our country and help make a better world, the DoD cannot do everything in all of these areas alone.”
– Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

The Department of Defense (DoD) is modifying its traditional acquisition methods. It must improve its weapon systems now and believes it can do so with commercial off the shelf (COTS) technologies, that with some minor modifications, could truly be “game changers” when integrated into an existing weapon system. Due to severe budget constraints, DoD is pursuing a strategy that defers new program procurements and emphasizes innovation and “offset” technologies that can be quickly integrated into existing equipment and programs of records to increase efficiency and performance. Moreover, DoD has budgeted $18B for these offset technologies and established several offices to “reach out” to companies with innovations. This process is commonly referred to as “Technology Transition.”

In 2001, the DoD Budget was $316B (base plus OCO). In fiscal year 2010, its Budget was $691B. The DoD FY 17 Budget request is $583B.   The Budget Control Act and other non-DoD needs continue to drive the DoD Budget down, but it is still over $268B more than it was pre-911. Nevertheless, DoD is faced with a declining budget at the same time it must: repair & modernize its equipment, worn out by 15 years of war; conduct a troop reduction; balance readiness by juggling training, personnel, and equipment costs while maintaining preparedness to defend our nation. So, they are seeking COTS solutions to quickly and less expensively obtain “off set technologies”.

“In an increasingly competitive and fast- moving technology environment, the Department of Defense (DoD) relies on innovation from a variety of different sources, both internally and externally, to disruptive change that will keep us ahead of the Nation’ s adversaries.”  

So, what type of new technologies is DoD looking for?   The list is long and includes: 17 Communities of Interest; position, navigation and timing; unmanned vehicles; arsenal plane; hypersonic; velocity projectile; cyber; sensor networking (IoT); smart machines; electronic warfare; special purpose optics/electronics; micro-materials; power management; pocket electroencephalogram; explosive detection systems; wireless vibration recorders; plasma nano-ceramic coatings; autonomous learning systems; human machine collaboration; manned – unmanned teaming; assisted human operations; protection and enabling of weapons systems to function in a complex cyber/EW environment; reliable non-satcom communications; etc. And this just scratches the surface.

There are dozens of other defense and service agencies and offices that identify requirements. The NCMBC Tech Transition office will assist NC businesses understand, navigate, compete and win a share of this lucrative market.  


The NC Military Business Center, the NC Community College System, and the State of North Carolina do not officially endorse events. These items are posted strictly for the information and convenience of NCMBC customers.

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