Implementing a Plan for Growth - Creating Jobs by Design

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

We welcome this guest blog post from Ashley Johnson, Technical Director, NSWC IHEODTD, about work at the base and technology transfer initiatives.

Over the past year NSWC IHEODTD has been rolling out a series of strategic initiatives designed to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and grow. This new calendar year has seen the roll out of several new initiatives, many of which are focused on increasing and improving the partnerships with our academic and commercial colleagues. As a result of these initiatives, I believe Charles County residents can expect to see a steady increase of activity both inside and outside the base at Indian Head.

Our Technology Transfer Office has begun hosting a series of events this year to stimulate the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem within our region. Together with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and the Energetics Technology Center, we hosted Dr. Taffy Williams and Mr. Glenn Colby as guest speakers on the subject of Agile Intellectual Property at the Town of Indian Head’s Black Box Theater. The second event of the series is hosted with the Southern Maryland Innovation and Tech (SMIT) initiative and is scheduled the evening of Feb. 23 beginning at 6:00 PM and will be open to the public. Coinciding with this event, NSWC IHEODTD, in partnership with the Energetics Technology Center, will hold the Grand Opening of the new Technology Transfer, Training, and TechFire space on the second floor of the Black Box Theater.

The Technology Transfer, Training, and TechFire (T4) space is a joint venture that seeks to provide opportunity and training to commercial and academic entities, as well as the general public. In the coming year T4 will establish and host training on the governments Small Business Innovative Research program, offered to both federal government employees and the general public. This training is intended to increase awareness and regional participation in this program. T4 will also be open to walk in traffic interested in partnering with NSWC IHEODTD on joint ventures or collaborative research efforts. Lastly, the T4 space will also house TechFire, Charles County’s regional business incubator. Information regarding TechFire’s incubation services, as well as other support for small businesses and start-ups will be available to any who’s interested.


Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Division (NSWC IHEODTD) is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), a Department of Defense (DoD) Energetics Center, the DoD EOD Technology Program lead and part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise. NSWC IHEODTD is the leader in ordnance, energetics and EOD solutions.

The division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.

The command began as a Naval Proving Ground in 1890, predating the Town of Indian Head, which was incorporated in 1920. NSWC IHEODTD supports the warfighter of today and of tomorrow through discoveries that anticipate the next generation’s future needs.


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