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

Partnership Agreements

The two most common methods of partnering with DEVCOM are Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), and Patent License Agreements (PLAs).

DEVCOM also partners 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.

CRADAs allow one or more DEVCOM laboratories and one or more non-federal parties to enter into agreements to conduct specified research and development-related activities that are consistent with the laboratory’s mission.

PLAs are a method for private entities to license DEVCOM-patented intellectual property.

Technology Gateway

A great way to partner with DEVCOM is through Technology Gateway. Technology Gateway is a collaborative experiment between the Army and industry partners to enable collective innovation and to identify novel technology capabilities that will help the Army achieve its goals.

DEVCOM collaborates with Army Futures Command to expand the Army’s ability to experiment, evolve and deliver technologies to address critical capabilities.

To learn about the process for submitting technology white papers, visit,

To join the Vulcan ecosystem of innovation scouting in support of national security, click here.

DEVCOM Domestic and Global Partnerships

DEVCOM works with hundreds of U.S. domestic and international industry and academic partners, as well as other Army organizations and Department of Defense laboratories. Together, they develop and test science and technology efforts, which are then sent to a program executive office, or program management office, to get the most advanced technology into Soldiers’ hands more quickly.


DEVCOM has academic partnerships with universities across the globe that support modernization efforts. These partnerships are critical to DEVCOM accomplishing its 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 maintains a steady stream of world-class technology through its partnerships with other government organizations, academia and industry. With its eight technology elements and Global team, DEVCOM collaborates with hundreds of nontraditional defense companies and industry entities around the globe to strengthen its extensive technology portfolio. Through these partnerships, DEVCOM develops, integrates and delivers technology, and it maintains a balance of scientific research for technology that may be developed in 2050 and beyond.

Small Businesses

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs were established in 1982, to better equip and protect American 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 – 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.


DEVCOM is committed to ensuring the Army has access to the world’s best science and technology through strategically located international elements that develop interoperable relationships with allies and partners. Together, they conduct extensive technology research and provide robust science and technology support to the U.S. Army.

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