Technology Readiness Level
DAU Glossary of Defense Acquisition Acronyms and Terms
One level on a scale of 1 to 9, e.g., TRL 3, signifying technology readiness pioneered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), adapted by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and adopted by the Department of Defense as a method of estimating technology maturity during the acquisition process. The lower the level of the technology at the time it is included in a product development program, the higher the risk that it will cause problems in subsequent product development.
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