Mission Statement:

The mission of the Technology Transfer Program for U.S. Cyber Command is to foster collaboration with industry, academia, and other government organizations to develop innovative capabilities and solutions to our challenge problem set. Through strategic partnerships and knowledge sharing, we aim to accelerate the transfer of cutting-edge technologies and expertise to enhance U.S. cyber capabilities for our mission force. Our program is committed to bridging the gap between research and operational implementation, driving the advancement of cyber capabilities to protect national security and maintain the advantage in the cyber domain. The U.S. Cyber Command Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) manages the Tech Transfer Program on behalf of the Lab Director and Commander.

Opportunities for Technology Transfer

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) is a mechanism that allows the U.S. Cyber Command Federal Laboratory to facilitate collaborative research and development efforts between our command and our external partners. A CRADA allows our command to partner with non-federal partners, such as state or local governments, private companies, universities, or nonprofit organizations. Designed specifically to enable our research efforts with non-federal partners, a CRADA allows us to work together on specific research or development projects. CRADAs encourage the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and resources to accelerate the development of new cyber technologies or processes. The agreement outlines the terms and conditions of the collaboration, including intellectual property rights, liability,  access to and use of government facilities and resources, sharing of data and results, funding responsibilities, and the commercialization of any resulting technologies.  The two primary categories of U.S. Cyber Command CRADAs are (1) Capability Development CRADAs and (2) Critical Infrastructure CRADAs.  Capability Development CRADAs focus on exploring the realm of the possible for offensive and defensive cyberspace operations.  Through Critical Infrastructure CRADAs, U.S. Cyber Command and Critical Infrastructure entities conduct collaborative activities, potentially on the partner’s networks and systems, in order to research and develop new cyberspace Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) for different types of Critical Infrastructure networks, especially Operational Technology-Industrial Control System (OT-ICS) networks.  Critical Infrastructure CRADAs often involve information sharing, workshops, blue-red team exercises, penetration testing, and tradecraft transfer.
Intended Audience(s):
Academia, State and Local Government, Private Sector, and Defense Industrial Base

Education Partnership Agreement (EPA)

An Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) is a formal and legal Tech Transfer Agreement between the command and academia. It outlines the terms and conditions for collaborative efforts, resource sharing, and mutual support in areas such as curriculum development, faculty exchange, internships, and professional development. The EPA establishes the framework for collaboration and cooperation between parties involved in the fields of science, math and engineering. It typically defines the roles, responsibilities, objectives, and expectations of each party, ensuring a transparent and mutually beneficial relationship.
Intended Audience(s):
Academia, State/Local Government

Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA)

A Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) is an agreement that facilitates the transfer of technology and fosters collaboration between the government and external partners. The partnership intermediary acts as a bridge between U.S. Cyber Command and potential private sector partners, helping to identify and promote technologies, facilitating licensing or cooperative research agreements, and providing assistance in navigating intellectual property rights and other legal considerations. PIAs play a crucial role in fostering technology transfer and promoting cyber innovation by leveraging the expertise and resources of both the government and non-federal partners. They provide a framework for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and the commercialization of federally funded technologies.
Intended Audience(s):
State Governments, Local Governments, or State/Local Government Affiliated Non-profits

 

Questions? For more information, contact our Federal Lab’s Office of Research And Technology Applications (ORTA) at USCC_ORTA@cybercom.mil

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