International Technology Transfer Program
International cooperative research and development (R&D) is a technology transfer mechanism that can reduce the development costs of U.S. weapons systems and combat support equipment and enhance interoperability with our allies. ARL is seeking ways to make the most efficient use of our collective R&D resources. ARL's objectives in international cooperative R&D programs include the following:
- Leveraging resources for equipping allied forces by exploiting the best military or civilian technologies available worldwide
- Leveraging resources through cost sharing and economies of scale afforded by coordinated research, development, production, and logistic support programs.
- Leveraging fighting effectiveness by the deployment and the support of common, interoperable equipment.
To effectively increase cooperation in science and technology, the U.S. Army is currently emphasizing bilateral and multilateral international R&D activities. Army policy is to advance programs that have both a technological payoff for the participating countries and technical goals that we would have pursued unilaterally in any case. In such a relationship, the proposed international exchange must be mutual and in the best interest of the Army. Programs that propose the most effective quid quo pro will be favored.