Founded in 1940, the Navy Radio and Sound Laboratory was the U.S. Navy's first West Coast laboratory. Though the mission and name have changed over time, SSC Pacific excels as the U.S. Navy's premier research and development laboratory for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR).
SSC Pacific extends over a 500-acre complex of laboratories, test facilities, and offices located on the Point Loma peninsula to the south and west of downtown San Diego. The Center is supported by a workforce of over 2,000 scientists and engineers.
SSC Pacific maintains state-of-the-art research programs in such diverse fields as atmospheric physics, electro-optics, underwater acoustics, engineering psychology, signal propagation and processing, artificial intelligence, material sciences, electronics, chemical oceanography, and environmental and biological sciences.
Technology transfer is the process by which existing knowledge, facilites, or capabilities developed under federal research and development (R&D) funding are utilized to fulfill public and private needs. Since 1980, Congress has enacted a series of laws to promote technology transfer and to provide technology transfer mechanisms. Two such mechanisms used by SSC Pacific are Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and Patent License Agreements (PLAs).
Federal technology transfer programs such as SSC Pacific's are intended to make the most of the R&D budget and the expertise of both government and nongovernment scientists and engineers, increasing the return on investment of the federal R&D budget and helping federal agencies meet mission requirements while enhancing U.S. competitiveness in the world economy.
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