The Government's Role

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The tech sector is known for its rapid innovation, but that quality is often believed to be absent from the federal government. However, that may not really be the case, as federal research programs often result in innovative products for commercial consumers. The Cipher Brief spoke to Linda Burger, director of the Technology Transfer Program (TTP) at the NSA, about how technologies move from the government to the marketplace. According to her, tech transfers are symbiotic arrangements that provide enormous benefits to both businesses and the government – while ensuring strong technological leadership for the nation as a whole.

The Cipher Brief: What is the Technology Transfer Program at the NSA?

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