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Naval Sea Systems Command Holds First Virtual Small Business Forum

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Naval Sea Systems Command held a virtual forum to discuss programs that fund the research, development and transition of technologies made in partnership with small businesses. 

“In the end, the event enabled our small business community innovators to make many key connections with our Navy acquisition team," Dean Putnam, SBIR/STTR program manager for NAVSEA, said about the event.

The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Transition online event ran from Jan. 27 to 28, marking the forum's first virtual rendition, NAVSEA said Friday.

SBIR/STTR program entries each run over three phases: feasibility study, research and development and transition. Phase two participants virtually exhibited electronics, airborne systems, autonomy, sensors, energy technology, resilience-focused engineering and other naval technologies during the event.

Putnam added the SBIR/STTR program has undergone changes to accelerate technology development and transition timelines.

“The SBIR/STTR program has been re-engineered for faster technology development. The program has the ability to insert emerging technology into programs earlier and puts capability into the warfighters’ hands faster,” said Putnam.