(a) Establishment.— The Secretary of Defense shall establish within the Office of the Secretary of Defense an Office of Technology Transition.
(b) Purpose.— The purpose of the office shall be to ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that technology developed for national security purposes is integrated into the private sector of the United States in order to enhance national technology and industrial base, reinvestment, and conversion activities consistent with the objectives set forth in section
2501(a) of this title.
(c) Duties.— The head of the office shall ensure that the office—
(1)monitors all research and development activities that are carried out by or for the military departments and Defense Agencies;
(2)identifies all such research and development activities that use technologies, or result in technological advancements, having potential nondefense commercial applications;
(3)serves as a clearinghouse for, coordinates, and otherwise actively facilitates the transition of such technologies and technological advancements from the Department of Defense to the private sector;
(4)conducts its activities in consultation and coordination with the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce; and
(5)provides private firms with assistance to resolve problems associated with security clearances, proprietary rights, and other legal considerations involved in such a transition of technology.
2011—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 112–81struck out subsec. (d). Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a biennial report on the activities of the Office. The report shall be submitted each even-numbered year at the same time that the budget is submitted to Congress by the President pursuant to section
1105 of title
31. The report shall contain a discussion of the accomplishments of the Office during the two fiscal years preceding the fiscal year in which the report is submitted.”
2004—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 108–375struck out par. (1) designation before “The Secretary”, substituted “congressional defense committees” for “congressional committees specified in paragraph (2)”, and struck out par. (2) which read as follows: “The committees referred to in paragraph (1) are—
“(A) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and
“(B) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.”
2003—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 108–136, § 1031(a)(23)(A), substituted “Biennial” for “Annual” in heading.
Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 108–136, § 1031(a)(23)(B), substituted “a biennial report” for “an annual report” in first sentence, “each even-numbered year” for “each year” in second sentence, and “during the two fiscal years” for “during the fiscal year” in third sentence.
1999—Subsec. (d)(2)(B). Pub. L. 106–65substituted “Committee on Armed Services” for “Committee on National Security”.
1996—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 104–106substituted “Annual Report” for “Reporting Requirement” in heading, designated existing provisions as par. (1), substituted “The Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional committees specified in paragraph (2) an annual report on the activities of the Office. The report shall be submitted each year at the same time” for “The Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services and on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives an annual report on the activities of the Office at the same time”, and added par. (2).
Schedule for Establishment of Office of Technology Transition
Pub. L. 102–484, div. D, title XLII, § 4225(b),Oct. 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 2683, provided that: “The Office of Technology Transition shall commence operations within 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 23, 1992].”
Submission of Annual Report
Pub. L. 102–484, div. D, title XLII, § 4225(c)(2),Oct. 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 2684, provided that: “Notwithstanding section
2515(d) of title
10, United States Code (as added by subsection (a))—
“(A) the first report under that section shall be submitted not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 23, 1992]; and
“(B) no additional report is necessary under that section in the fiscal year in which such first report is submitted.”
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