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Technology Transfer

Mission - The Technology Transfer, or T2, Program promotes the efficient transfer of environmental information to the widest audiences possible.

Vision - To be the leading Department of Defense source of science and engineering knowledge, technologies, and methods ensuring that the Air Force has access to the latest scientific and engineering knowledge, best practices and solutions to complex environmental problems.

T2 Program Overview

Technology Transfer, or T2, provides the technical expertise needed for evaluating, demonstrating and applying existing off-the-shelf technologies, governmental or commercial, and innovative technologies to solve complex challenges for Air Force environmental programs such as environmental restoration, compliance restoration, military munitions response, air quality, cultural resources, hazardous materials, hazardous waste, integrated solid waste, natural resources, National Environmental Policy Act and environmental impact analysis process, noise and air installation compatible use zone, fuel and petroleum oil lubricants and tank management, green procurement, toxic substances, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act and toxic release inventory, water quality, ranges and environmental planning.

One mechanism for implementing the various projects under the AFCEC Environmental T2 Program is the Broad Agency Announcement, or BAA. BAAs may be considered by federal agencies to fulfill requirements for scientific study and experimentation directed towards advancing state-of-art technologies and increasing knowledge or understanding rather than focusing on a specific system or hardware solution. The BAA method should only be used when meaningful proposals with varying technical or scientific approaches can be reasonably anticipated.

T2 Program Process

Developing optimal solutions for an array of environmental problems is accomplished by asking the right questions, validating the best answers, and effectively communicating the knowledge. The process consists of three steps:
-- Assess needs;
-- Validate solutions; and
-- Communicate scientific knowledge to assist environmental programs.

The initial step, Assess, supports Air Force current and future environmental science and technology needs by collecting relevant information and anticipating future problems. This includes identification of requirements for new and innovative technologies. requirements are drawn from a wide range of sources, including environmental directorate technical specialists, other Department of Defense service branches, field staff, contractors and regulatory agencies.

During the second step, Validate, the T2 Program staff evaluates data, identifies gaps, solicits solutions and identifies the optimal solutions. Validation also involves the collection and analysis of cost and performance data, the preparation of engineering/design or application guides and the use of other programs and specialty areas to critique and review the status of a technology.

During the final step, Communicate, the T2 Program staff transfers their findings to internal and external customers using a variety of venues, such as newsletters and websites. This step also includes the communication of broad agency announcement goals to internal staff and external contractors to encourage submittal of innovative proposals for methodologies and technologies, as well as using workshops and symposia to provide internal and external training.