On October 21, 2020, the Leonard Wood Institute (LWI) became a formal partner with the Army Futures Command (AFC), Combat Capability Development Command’s (CCDC) Data and Analysis Center (DAC). As a Partnership Intermediary under 15 U.S. Code § 3715 (Partnership Intermediary Agreements) (PIA) LWI can perform services for the DAC that increase the likelihood of success in the conduct of cooperative or joint activities of the DAC with small business firms, institutions of higher education, and other educational institutions, as well as support technology transfer.
The PIA creates a relationship between the LWI and CCDC DAC whereby both parties intend to participate in future Collaborative Project Orders (CPOs). LWI and DAC will leverage the newly issued PIA to facilitate access to useful regional facilities and researchers developing and maintaining synergistic relationships with the research and entrepreneur community and identifying and establishing government partnerships to support the development of knowledge, methods, techniques, and capabilities relevant to the future Army that will enable maneuver support and protection to Multi Domain Operations.
LWI, is a tax-exempt, non-profit research organization founded in 2004, and focused primarily on fulfilling the technology needs of the U. S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE) and Fort Leonard Wood (FLW), Missouri, and improving the technology base of the region. LWI was created to enable and manage collaborative and innovative efforts to assist in developing solutions that meet Army requirements, primarily focused on the Force Modernization missions associated with MSCoE, by providing a mechanism to connect the expertise of private sector researchers and small, technology producing companies with identified Army needs.
Prior to becoming a PIA partner with the Army, LWI managed a collaboration-based research and development program benefiting the Army, as well as other DOD and defense community stakeholders through an innovative Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL).
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) is a subsidiary of LWI and shares its non-profit status, governing board of directors, and staff. LWI/SOP is officed at the University of Missouri Technology Park on FLW.