The study describes the business models deployed by the eight DoD institutes, challenges and lessons learned regarding the development of public-private partnerships around the institutes, and the potential costs and values to DoD associated with different types of engagement strategies. The report also makes four broad recommendations for the institutes, as well as areas for additional research. The main recommendations are to:
- Conduct a formal review of each DoD manufacturing institute based on whether they are meeting the goals of the agency’s strategic plan;
- Implement a hybrid business model that combines: continuation of core support (within budget constraints) and more sponsored projects;
- Improve institute operations through activities such as linking to DoD R&D, increasing the flexibility of acquisition and contracting policies, developing relevant performance metrics, advancing workforce development best practices, and strengthening cross-institute collaboration; and,
- Provide senior DoD support for institute engagement and communication with the department’s stakeholders.