Defense Acquisitions: DOD Should Take Additional Actions to Improve How it Approaches Intellectual Property, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Letter to Congressional Committees: "The Department of Defense (DOD) acquires and licenses intellectual property (IP)--including technical data, computer software, and user manuals--from companies to operate and maintain its cutting-edge weapon systems and other equipment it purchases. Acquiring and licensing IP is critical for ensuring these systems and equipment remain functional, sustainable, upgradable, and affordable. Additionally, we [Government Accountability Office] previously reported that companies told us intellectual property is essential to their survival, calling it the life-blood of their enterprise. As such, transactions that affect the ownership, control, or transfer of IP can have enormous implications for parties on both sides. [...] In the Fiscal Year 2021 NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act], Congress included a provision for us to review DOD's efforts to improve IP acquisitions and licensing. This report (1) examines issues addressed in DOD's IP Instruction, (2) examines the extent to which DOD has implemented the IP Instruction, (3) assesses DAU [Defense Acquisition University]'s efforts to improve IP training, and (4) describes DOD's efforts to develop a capability to track the IP the department has acquired and licensed."

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