Objectives of this Report:

This report provides defense contractors with an assessment of how well their innovation and patenting strategy (and those of their competitors) matches the US DOD 5-year RDT&E plan. Use this insight to realign R&D strategies with the DOD’s objectives, optimize technology development investments, and understand if competitors are out-investing your company in key DOD research areas.

Questions Answered in this Report:

  • Which defense contractors are investing in research topics important to the US DOD?
  • Are there research topics important to the US DOD that a defense contractor is not investing in?
  • How are defense contractors comparatively stacking up against each other? I.e. who is leading the competitive pack in each DOD research topic?
  • If US DOD funding amounts are indicative of the DOD’s priorities, is your company addressing the DOD’s most important research topics?
  • How well does your company’s innovation strategy match that of the US Army, the US Navy, or the US Air Force?
  • Which US military service branch is driving investment in particular research areas? Are there opportunities for your company to work with other service branches who are also investing in technologies you have under development?

Review our PDF report brochure to see sample charts and the report's Table of Contents.

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This type of report has never been published before, not by Vector Analytics and not by other firms. We’d like to give clients the opportunity to shape our analysis and the deliverable we provide. 

Thus, Vector Analytics wishes to engage Early Research Investors in this project. These organizations will commit to purchasing our report in advance for a 25% discount off the full retail price and will receive other benefits that will not be provided to organizations that purchase the report after publication.  

Early Research Investor benefits include adding defense contractors to the list of those we will cover in the report, requesting custom drill-downs into the results, preliminary briefings not released to others, and the 25% discount on the report price.

To become an Early Research Investor, download our PDF report brochure and complete the form on the last page. Or contact us today via email or phone at 910-585-6228.


We utilize natural language processing techniques and machine learning models to distill R&D topics from the FY19 US DOD RDT&E budget request. These R&D topics will be mined from the 1,000 program elements described in the DOD’s budget justification books. We will then search for those R&D topics in the patent portfolios of leading defense contractors. 

Using a defense contractor’s patent portfolio as a proxy for their R&D strategy, our machine learning model allows us to quantitatively compare the DOD’s RDT&E initiatives to defense contractors strategy. We also parse out funding associated with the Future Years Defense Plan (FY20 to FY23) and can tell defense contractors how much DOD funding is associated with each R&D topic through FY23. Our methodology is described further in our PDF report brochure.

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