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Technical Report (TR) Database   
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Contains nearly two million reports in print and nonprint (software, datafiles, databases and videorecordings) format conveying the results of Defense-sponsored research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts. It includes:

• Technical reports
• Journal articles
• DoD-sponsored patent applications, studies and analysis reports
• Open source literature from foreign countries
• Conference proceedings,
• Reprints
• Theses

DTIC® has also acquired Library of Congress Federal Research Division records that cover a variety of foreign and domestic subject areas.

Research Summaries (RS) Database
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Contains descriptions of DoD research that provide information on technical content, responsible individuals and organizations, principal investigators and funding sources at the work unit level. Access to this collection is based on individual access restrictions. The collection consists of approximately 290,000 active and inactive summaries from 1965 to present.

Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Database
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The database contains over 165,000 descriptions of R&D projects initiated by DoD contractors but not performed under contract. Federal statute encourages IR&D by allowing contractors to claim a portion of their IR&D costs as part of the overhead in “cost plus” contracts. By reimbursing these costs, DoD encourages industry to explore new technologies with potential application to military systems. IR&D projects are usually performed to improve existing DoD products, meet dual use demands, or address a whole host of known or potential DoD requirements. Accessible only to U.S. Government organizations, the information is used to identify contractors with expertise in areas of interest to DoD and to avoid DoD duplication of industry R&D efforts.

Research and Development Descriptive Summaries (RDDS) Database
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Include narrative information on Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) Programs and Project Elements within the DoD. The RDDS repository contains data from the military services and a host of other Defense agencies.

Defense Technology Transfer Information System (DTTIS) - DTIC maintains DTTIS in cooperation with the military departments and various defense agencies. As of September 30, 2003, DTTIS contained project information on 5,016 DoD Technology Transfer (T2) Activities, including 3,062 active Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and 220 active Patent License Agreements. Approximately 100 DoD Technology Transfer professionals are registered to use the secure DTTIS World Wide Web site to view and analyze T2 data. 2003 input into DTTIS included 476 new records and 406 modifications.


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