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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
(508) 233-5340

Date: September 21, 2006
No: 06-34

New partnership creates opportunities for military and state

NATICK, Mass. – The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center and the Mass. Defense Technology Initiative entered into a partnership today with the signing of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

The CRADA creates a formal partnership between the NSC and MassDTI that allows these organizations to work together to enhance the transition of technology in to and out of the NSC and to increase economic development in the Commonwealth.

Philip Brandler, director of the NSC, and Alan Macdonald, executive director of MassDTI, signed the CRADA at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick today.

“We see this CRADA as recognition that not only is Soldier-related military research and development a generator of high tech jobs but that the leverage offered by this public/private partnership will enhance the ability of the Natick Soldier Center to accomplish its mission, while at the same time, it will strengthen the economic growth and competitive advantage of the region,” said Brandler.

Macdonald agreed, adding “This partnership will help us maximize the NSC’s technological and economic contributions to the region – as well as delivering critical technical solutions to the U.S. Warfighter. The Commonwealth has shown in the past that it is committed to supporting Natick, and the John Adams Innovation Institute grant and CRADA are tools to build on the vision for enhancing Natick’s connections to the state’s premier defense technology cluster.”

The NSC is responsible for protecting and sustaining America's Warfighters through research, development, and engineering of unique human-centric items and systems such as food, clothing, shelters, airdrop and Soldier support equipment as well as integrating the technologies necessary for the creation of the Soldier System. NSC supports the entire Department of Defense as well as other federal agencies such as NASA and the Department of Treasury. 

The MassDTI is a member organization of leading defense technology firms, research facilities, and universities working to establish Mass. as the definitive global leader in the defense technology industry. Its mission is to bolster the competitiveness of the local technology cluster, promote the expansion of new missions at Mass. military installations, enhance the image of the state’s defense technology center, and generate growth opportunities for Mass. employers. 

This CRADA is supported by a $207,000 planning grant to MassDTI from the John Adams Innovation Institute at the Mass. Technology Collaborative. Other partners of the planning grant are Mass. Technology Transfer Center at the University of Mass. and Grayhead Associates.

For more information on the Mass. Defense Technology Initiative, please visit their website at: For more information on the Natick Soldier Center or the Soldier Systems Center, please visit our website at:

This page last updated on 10 May 2006.