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Dedicated technology transition programs can be highly effective and efficient at moving technologies across the “valley of death” from technology providers to acquisition. The programs that work best do this by facilitating alignment among the key stakeholders (developers, acquisition officials, resource sponsors, and users) and requiring a short timeline for completion, typically 2 or 3 years. By implementing these and a few other best
practices, dedicated transition programs can produce high success rates that are essential for our nation to keep its technical edge and save operational costs during a period of constricting budgets.