Energetics Technology Center, Inc. (ETC), is an Indian Head based, not-for-profit company whose​ professionals specialize in defense policy development and R & D, including energetics, robotics and autonomy, informatics, surface and undersea warfare, and technology incubation and commercialization of intellectual property (IP) from federal military labs.  Established in 2006, ETC has brought in over $60 million to Maryland in contract awards and appropriations. Over the past few years, the ETC has established two incubators under the name TechFire, one in Indian Head and one in Silver Spring, Maryland to develop and nurture technology start-ups, with a primary focus on the commercialization of military IP.


ETC maintains existing Partnership Intermediary Agreements (PIAs) with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi and Aberdeen, Maryland, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) at Naval Support Facility-Indian Head (NSF-IH), and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD) at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Under federal law, a PIA permits ETC to serve as an intermediary to facilitate joint projects and accelerate technology transfer between federal labs and private companies and assist small businesses in interactions with federal laboratories. ETC has or has had contract awards for R&D projects as well as commercialization, incubation, and facility planning and development activities with these commands.

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