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Partnerships are essential to the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center because they further strengthen our ability to deliver the Army’s modernization priorities and to design the force of the future.

Technology Gateway

Located right in the hub of the country’s leading academic institutions and industry leaders, the DEVCOM Soldier Center is the center point for innovation for the Soldier.

We strive to provide Soldiers with the best technology possible through collaboration with U.S. Army Futures Command, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, other military branches, industry and academia. Partnerships forged have proven valuable to ensuring our continued ability to rapidly address technology generation, application, integration, transition, fielding, and sustainment requirements.

Additionally, our state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technologies provide a unique scientific ability to support the current fight while transforming the future force. Our partners from government, industry and academia are welcome to use our facilities to support the development of cutting-edge solutions for the Soldier.

The two most common methods of partnering with us are through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) and through Patent License Agreements (PLAs).

CRADAs allow us to enter into agreements with a non-federal partner to conduct specified research and development-related activities that are consistent with the laboratory’s mission. It leverages the Soldier Center’s and the partner’s resources toward a common or mutually beneficial objective. We currently participate in more than 130 CRADAs.

PLAs are a method for private entities to license Soldier Center-patented intellectual property. Learn about our technologies available for licensing here

Some of our recent success stories are here and here.

We also partner with the Army Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs, which give small businesses an opportunity to identify, develop and demonstrate highly innovative technologies for Army Soldiers.

DEVCOM Soldier Center

DEVCOM Soldier Center recognizes the importance of maintaining and enhancing core competencies that are relevant to supporting the Warfighter of today and tomorrow. With the demand for accelerated solutions, expertise across key disciplines is being cultivated to create a knowledge base with great breadth and depth. We work with hundreds of domestic and international industry and academic partners, as well as other Army organizations and Department of Defense laboratories, to develop and test science and technology efforts and then send them to a program executive office, or program management office, to get the most-advanced technology into Soldiers’ hands more quickly.


DEVCOM Soldier Center has academic partnerships with universities across the globe that support modernization efforts. These partnerships are critical to accomplishing our mission to lead the research, development and engineering of next-generation capabilities to make the U.S. Army more lethal than ever.

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DEVCOM Soldier Center is dedicated to using science and technology to ensure America’s Warfighters are optimized, protected and lethal. We collaborate work with hundreds of nontraditional defense companies and industry to strengthen our extensive technology portfolio. Through these partnerships, we develop, integrate and deliver technology to support Multi-Domain Operations 2028, while also maintaining a balance of scientific research for technology that may be developed in 2050 and beyond.

Small Businesses

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs were established in 1982 to better equip and protect our Soldiers so they can continue to dominate the virtual and physical battlespace. These programs allow small, high-tech U.S. businesses – those with less than 500 employees – and academia to provide innovative research and development solutions in response to critical Army needs. By capturing the tremendous and agile talents of the U.S. small business community, the SBIR and STTR programs develop and demonstrate highly innovative technologies with strong commercialization potential to satisfy Department of Defense and private industry needs. General information on DoD SBIR and STTR programs can be found here, and DoD SBIR and STTR topics can be found here.


DEVCOM is committed to ensuring the Army has access to the world’s best science and technology through strategically located international offices that develop interoperable relationships with allies and close partners, conduct extensive technology search with foreign governments, industry and academia, and provide robust science and technology support to U.S. Army Combatant Commands and U.S. Army Service Component Commands.

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