The U.S. Army has been named one of the world’s most innovative research organizations by Thomson Reuters, joining companies such as Apple, DuPont and General Electric on the 2012 Top100 Global Innovators list.
The recognition comes after the Army earned more than 300 patents for new technologies in a three-year period.
“This recognition is shared with the members of our Army science and technology community who perform research relevant for the Army and our important mission, and provide the innovation that contributes to a strong national security posture,” Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said in a released statement.
According to the Army, the award focuses on all organizations with 100 or more innovative patents from 2009 to 2011. Reuters used its proprietary methodology to measure success on a variety of metrics, including how often an organization’s research was cited by other innovators in subsequent inventions.
More than 900 individuals contributed to the Army’s patents, including personnel from RDECOM, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.