Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)

Agency/Department

FLC Region

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8725 John J. Kingman Highway
Suite 0944
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6218
United States

Description

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®) is the premier provider of DoD technical information. DTIC serves as a vital link in the transfer of information among DoD personnel, DoD contractors and potential contractors and other U.S. Government agency personnel and their contractors. DTIC is a DoD Field Activity under the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, reporting to the Director, Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E).

Mission

To provide essential, technical research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) information rapidly, accurately and reliably to supportDoD customers' needs.

DTIC accomplishes this mission by:

  • Providing centralized operation of scientific, technical and related defense information services, databases, systems, or networks for the acquisition, organization, retrieval, and dissemination of information to support the Defense Community
  • Developing and improving DoD Scientific and Technical Information (STI) and Defense Information systems through the continuous application of advanced, innovative processes, techniques and technologies for information discovery, analysis and dissemination
  • Assuring information security and integrity while improving customer access through the enhancement and application of the latest guidance and technologies for system security, user authentication, access control and single sign on
  • Managing the DoD Information Analysis Centers program
  • Performing outstanding Customer Service including extensive user training and outreach programs
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Funding

Career development awards for new investigators from foundations, specialty societies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other organizations have been considered critical to developing independent researchers. These grants provide awardees salary support (thus protected time) for research training and supervised research and ensure that they receive mentorship from accomplished researchers. This experience then provides the foundation for awardees to successfully compete for larger research grants (such as NIH R awards) and achieve research independence as recognized experts in their fields. The NIH and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) support this model and fund a career development award (K award) portfolio that has awarded over $8 billion since 1957.1 In the early 1990s, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) sought to reduce the challenges faced by emergency physician-scientists who aim to become independent researchers and to advance the science of emergency medicine (EM).2 SAEM funded several training grants and specifically established the Research Training Grant (1998) and the Institutional Research Training Grant (2002) as the flagship opportunities. Now funded by the SAEM Foundation, these grants are thought to be important initial opportunities for new investigators who desire to successfully compete for NIH and AHRQ K awards. However, the evidence for the value of these awards has been limited to a description of the trajectory of SAEM grant recipients. 3 The Society had intended for the SAEM grants to prepare EM researchers to apply for K awards, just as the K awards prepare researchers to compete for and receive NIH independent research grants (R01).

Programs

As DoD budgets continue to decline, it's important to establish and/or maintain excellent working relationship(s) between all DoD Service Laboratories, and DTIC. As you know, our mission is to store and disseminate the scientific, technical and engineering reports, journal articles, etc., produced by your lab. With the possibility of future budget decreases for DoD science and technology, DoD can't afford to duplicate efforts.

To that end, DTIC is introducing a lab liaison program to assist DoD labs with the submission of all types of documents, particularly, limited and classified reports, since those documents are harder for the community to find and access. We have assigned DTIC employees to work exclusively with DoD Service Laboratories to coordinate/submit your documented results to DTIC.

The DoD community is dependent upon your lab's research, development, test and evaluation collection to advance science and technology, discover the latest information, and engage researchers and organizations. Submitting your work to the collection increases discovery of existing research which, improves coordination, aligns priorities, and augments resources.

Data security is, of course, always a concern. DTIC follows DoD standards to manage and validate who can access and download information based upon security protocols, credentials and in accordance with the security classification that you identify on your research documents. DTIC handles the full range of document markings: DoD only, DoD and contractor, U.S. Government only, U.S. Government and contractor, and export control.

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program provides access to scientific and technical information products and services to faculty, staff, and students.

Affiliated institutions:
Alaska Native-Serving Institutions
American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
High Hispanic Enrollment
Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions
Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs)
Historically Black College/University (HBCU)
Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
Native American Tribal College or University (TCU)
Minority Institution (MI)
DEPSCoR Institution
Foreign Government or Foreign Embassy

The products and services are provided to assist institutions with developing and improving their:

Scientific and technical curriculum
Research program
Abilities to compete for federal grants and contracts.

The DoD Scientific and Technical Information (STINFO) Manager Training Program was developed to teach STINFO managers how to carry out the responsibilities of the DoD Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP).

The STIP was established to:

  • improve and enhance the acquisition of data sources
  • prevent redundant research
  • disseminate technical information efficiently
  • prevent the loss of technical information to U.S. adversaries and competitors
  • aid the transfer of technical information to qualified researchers in U.S. industry and government agencies

DTIC provides valuable technical information to small technology companies engaged in early-stage R&D projects for the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

DTIC University Research Support (URS) provides unclassified, unlimited scientific and technical information products and services to organizations and individuals eligible for the Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiatives (MURI), Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Program and other DoD Special Programs for academic organizations and researchers. These programs are elements of the Department of Defense (DoD) University Research Initiative (URI), funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. URI is designed to improve the quality of defense research performed at universities to meet defense needs, provide expanded opportunities for interaction between universities and the DoD research community and support the education of engineers and scientists in disciplines critical to national defense needs. The initiative is a collection of specialized research programs performed by academic research institutions.

MURI supports basic research in the science and engineering areas intersecting more than one traditional discipline. The program is focused on multidisciplinary team efforts to address issues of critical concern to the DoD and the AF. The goal of this program is to advance defense research, accelerate technology transition, and educate scientists and engineers in the interdisciplinary areas important to national defense.

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