In 2015 TechLink conducted a study of the nationwide economic impacts of Department of Defense (DoD) technology license agreements with US industry. The report is available here for download.
TechLink surveyed a total of 602 companies having active license agreements with DoD during the 2000-2014 period and gathered information about commercial and US military sales and other economic impacts related to these agreements. Ninety-two percent of the companies contacted provided information.
The company-reported sales data was provided to the Business Research Division of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which analyzed the dataset and applied the national-level IMPLAN economic impact assessment model to determine the total economic contribution effects. The results of the IMPLAN analysis show an impressive economy-wide impact of $48.8 billion in economic output resulting from the DoD license agreements. Employment impacts include 182,985 jobs created with an average salary of $71,000, according to the analysis.
Click here for the full report, which includes the economic impacts specific to the Air Force, Army, Navy and 30 different DoD laboratories or centers.