Economic and Warfighter Impact

Economic and Warfighter Impact

Economic and Warfighter Impact Webinar

This one-hour webinar presents the perfect opportunity for you to understand and discuss the Warfighter and Economic Impacts of USAF CRADAs. The webinar is based on TechLink’s first-ever USAF CRADA Economic Impact Review (EIR) of 1,263 CRADAs issued between 2000-2020. TechLink’s EIR found $4.3 billion in transition sales, $10.7 billion in commercial sales, $31.3 billion in total economic impact, and that the 1,263 CRADAs supported approximately 139,000 jobs over the 21-year period. The panel will focus on the practical impacts that CRADAs have had on the USAF, the U.S. Warfighter, the U.S. economy, and DoD's Defense Mission.



Michael Wallner, PhD
Wallner leads the economic research team at TechLink. He oversees economic impact analysis for the Department of Defense (DoD), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), DoD inventions and TechLink licensing, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) for the Air Force, Navy, and Army, as well as the first-ever economic analysis for the National Cancer Institute. Wallner focuses on conducting research and development analysis for DoDs defense mission, the U.S. economy, and transitioning of technologies to the U.S. Warfighter. Wallner also teaches applied statistics at Montana State University, has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, and is currently finishing his MBA.

Brett Cusker
Brett Cusker is the Executive Director of the MSU TechLink Center, an economic development center of the Montana University System. TechLink operates as a partnership intermediary for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs as defined by 15 USC 3715, connecting innovation to the National Security Industrial Base and U.S. Innovation Ecosystem in a cost-effective manner, supporting Warfighter and Veteran requirements while bolstering the U.S. economy. TechLink also serves as a University connection to the high-tech sector in the state, region, and nation. Brett is a retired Air Force Colonel. Prior to joining TechLink in 2016, he served as the Chief, Command and Control Division for Air Force Acquisition at the Pentagon where he was responsible for a $4 billion/year acquisition portfolio. Brett has master’s degrees in strategic studies, operational art and science, and human relations.

Brian Lewandowski
Brian Lewandowski is the Executive Director of the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder. Brian provides regional business and economic information and education, including economic and revenue forecasts, policy studies, economic impact analyses, and data workshops. Brian has 15 years’ experience conducting economic studies at CU Boulder. Prior to CU, he worked in both the private sector and government. He currently serves on the boards of the Denver Association of Business Economists, the Association for University Business and Economic Research, and the National Association for Business Economics’ Regional Roundtable.

Matthew Fetrow
Matt Fetrow is the Director of the Tech Engagement Office at the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico. He leads the laboratory’s technology transfer, STEM outreach, commercialization, innovation, and community engagement activities in the state. In addition, Fetrow has led numerous technology programs for the Air Force with a focus on space remote sensing, laser remote sensing, and advanced photonics. Prior to his years of federal service, he worked in optical systems research and development at industry startups and in academia. Matt received his B.S. in Physics from Utah State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

Robert McCoyBob McCoy
Robert McCoyBob McCoy is the Director of the Geophysical Institute (GI), home to about 400 faculty, staff and students who study geophysical phenomena in Alaska and around the globe. The GI manages a diverse set of operational facilities that monitor volcanos and earthquakes, launch rockets, fly unmanned aircraft and downlink satellite data. Prior to coming to Alaska Bob worked for the Navy for 30 years as a space scientist at NRL and ONR. He has a Ph.D. in Astro-Geophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder and has several awards from NRL, NASA, and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.