The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) is a component of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Information Analysis Center (IAC) enterprise (http://iac.dtic.mil). DSIAC was established on January 1, 2014 from the consolidation of six legacy DoD IAC basic center operations: AMMTIAC, CPIAC, RIAC, SENSIAC, SURVIAC, and WSTIAC. The establishment of DSIAC represents the largest consolidation of IACs under the DoD’s “Better Buying Power 2.0” initiative. The purpose of DSIAC is to leverage expertise and knowledge from other Government agencies, research laboratories, industry, and academia to help solve the toughest scientific and technical problems of the Defense Systems community. DSIAC is a convenient information and knowledge resource for the DoD and greater Defense Systems community. To accomplish its mission, DSIAC maintains a network of subject matter experts (SMEs), as well as access to the vast repository of DoD Scientific and Technical Information (STI). The scope of DSIAC includes the following nine subject areas: Advanced Materials; Autonomous Systems; Directed Energy; Energetics; Military Sensing ; Non-lethal Weapons; Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, Interoperability (RMQSI); Survivability and Vulnerability; and Weapon Systems.Defense Systems Information Analysis Center DSIAC
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The Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center (DTRIAC) is one of 12 Information Analysis Centers (IACs) established by the U.S. government to support researchers, scientists, engineers, and program managers with expertise in all areas of Defense research and engineering. DTRIAC is the DTRA-sponsored IAC that has been serving the nuclear community, among others, since 1961.Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center DTRIAC
The Defense Innovation Marketplace is a communications resource to provide industry with improved insight into the Research and Engineering investment priorities of the Department of Defense (DoD). The Marketplace contains DoD R&E strategic documents, solicitations, and news/events to better inform Independent Research and Development (IR&D) planning. The IR&D Secure Portal houses project summaries that provide DoD with visibility into the IR&D efforts submitted. .Defense Innovation Marketplace - Connecting Industry and DoD
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Looking to identify forums where information is exchanged between industry regarding COTS. My focus is on Spectrum Dependent Systems. Appriciate any input you may have.
The following is what I have already identified;
1a. Communications Society
1b. Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
1c. Antennas and Propagation Society 2. Microwaves & RF (mwrf.com)
3. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
DTIC's CoIs maybe of interest. There is one on systems that leverage the spectrum for EW uses, https://defenseinnovationmarketplace.dtic.mil/communities-of-interest/electronic-warfare/
Also, Association of Old Crows (AOC) is a relevant trade assoc for providers of spectrum dependent systems, and a good resource for EMSO topics in general. They have a product showcase that is useful for market research for govt folks in acquisition, and for industry providers to find partners/collaborators: AOC Product Showcase (crows.org)
The DoD Inspector General released it Report No. DoDIG-2022-127 on September 8, 2022. [NOTE: open the announcement to access the link]
The objective of the audit was to determine whether the DoD awarded Other Transactions (OT) for prototypes in accordance with applicable Federal laws and DoD policies.
The findings included:
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Announcements / Commercial Off-the-Shelf Products and Commercial Services
- Diagnostic, Vaccine, and Therapeutic R&D
- Infectious Disease Modeling, Prediction, and Forecasting
- Biomedicine and Biotechnology
- Artificial Intelligence
- Quantum Information Science:
- Advanced Communications Networks:
- Advanced Manufacturing:
- Industries of the Future (IotF)-Related Technology - Future Computing Ecosystem:
- IotF-Related Technology - Autonomous and Remotely Piloted Vehicles:
The first consideration in the recently published Office of Management and Budget (OMB) M-20-28 is to "Take full advantage of acquisition flexibilities and innovation tools." The new cross-agency priority goal (CAP Goal) is "frictionless acquisition." Here's where you can find out more about the resources available, including Acquisition Innovation Hub, Periodic Table of Acquisition Innovation, TechFAR Handbook, Case Studies, and Frictionless Acquisition Resources Collection (see https://www.performance.gov/CAP/frictionless-acquisition/).
GAO-23-106059 What GAO Found. DoD continues to face challenges quickly developing innovative new weapons. These challenges persist even with recent reforms to its acquisition process intended to help deliver systems to the warfighter in a timelier manner.
The JAIC has lauched a new AI accelerator, AIDA. The AIDA Initiative is the AI and Data Accelerator Initiative; initially teams will go out to all combatant commands and start to tie in their data.
Learn more about the DoD Data Strategy.
The NSCAI was formed: 1) To consider the methods and means necessary to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States. 2) Submit to the President and Congress reports on the findings of the Commission and such recommendations that the Commission may have for action by the executive branch and Congress related to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies, including recommendations to more effectively organize the Federal Government. A video and the final report are available on the NAICS.gov website.
If you haven't visited DTIC's IAC page lately, you may want to check it out for the lates on the DoD Information Analysis Center (IAC) and the IAC Multiple Award Contract (MAC). The IAC MAC consists of 3 pools, Pool 1-Full and Open, Pool 2-Small Business, and Poll 3-CBRN Lab (currently awarded to 3 small businesses). Templates, Samples and Guidance are available by selecting RESOURCES from the home page. Templates for a PWS, Notes to Buyer, IGCE, Evaluation Plan, Support Agreement and Funding Documents, DD Form 254 and IAC MAC preferred use memo may be found.
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This list is a sample of what's available on ACQuipedia that's related to Commercial Off-the-Shelf products and services
This section includes information on the DoD Information Analysis Centers (IACs) applicable to the acquisition of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Products and Commercial Services.
DoD Information Analysis Centers are an essential tool for discovering and delivering superior warfighting capabilities through comprehensive scientific and technical research, analysis, and creative mechanisms to recruit non-traditional researchers, engineers, scientists, and program managers to solve the most challenging technical problems. With more than 600 technical area tasks (TATs), the DoD IACs currently support all three military services, OSD, labs, civilian agencies and all nine combatant Commands (COCOMs). The DoD IACs serve the needs of the warfighter by bringing the "Think Tank" to the Battlespace.
IACs support the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for Research and Engineering (R&E) in carrying out the R&E community's three strategic guiding imperatives:
- Mitigate new and emerging adversary threats that could degrade U.S. (and allied) capabilities;
- Enable affordable new or extended capabilities in existing military systems; and
- Develop technology surprise through science and engineering applications to military problems.
Technology Domain Awareness (TDA) is an initiative to better understand the technology landscape as it relates to defense needs. It is a Defense innovation business process based on shared technology information and related operational concepts and lessons learned to support better technology decision-making. The IACs’ TDA initiative is building an expanded Defense technology innovation community of practice that incorporates DoD stakeholders, traditional defense industry, the start-up and venture capital communities, and the academic research community. It employs a combination of incentives, information, shared infrastructure, and services to:
- Facilitate the rapid identification of defense-relevant technology opportunities and challenges,
- Enable collaborative development and prototyping activities,
- Develop a learning context for defense technology innovation, and
- Link and scale distributed innovation efforts to enhance transition and address DOD-wide learning objectives.
In January 2015, as part of a TDA pilot deployment authorized by ASD(R&E), the IACs awarded a $100M Other Transaction Authority (OTA) contract to the National Security Technology Accelerator Consortium (NSTXL) to identify, vet, and prototype innovative energy technologies for reuse to address military needs. NSTXL is a non-profit, membership-based consortium consisting of over four hundred businesses, universities, and research laboratories, incubators and investors. It provides unique resources and services, including a database of over 250,000 technology providers and experts, for engaging the non-traditional high tech community (I.e., R&D businesses and organizations that do not ordinarily transact business with DOD) to prototype advanced energy technologies for Defense applications. Additionally, the NSTXL’s Technology Challenge program provides DoD access to vetted technologies aimed at addressing specific needs.
Additional information on NSTXL can be found at www.nstxl.org.
For more information about IACs go to http://iac.dtic.mil/tda.html.
This section includes links to websites that contain information on Other Transaction Authority vehicles applicable to the acquisition of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Products and Commercial Services.
This section includes resources and training applicable to the acquisition of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Products and Commercial Services.
This section includes laws, regulations, policy and guidance applicable to the acquisition of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Products and Commercial Services.
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Site quickly debunks some of the most common misconceptions of OTs.
The existing Rapid Equipping Force is tasked with getting hardware and systems into the field as quickly as possible -- generally within 180 days -- the RCO will focus on providing capabilities in a one- to five-year time frame. Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) One of serveral Related posts from the Army on the RCO
The Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI) mission is to serve as the trusted source for collaboration on important enterprise information topics between federal information managers and IT decision makers, the federal IT vendor community (including consultants, integrators, software and infrastructure providers), and IT research partners in the academic community. The AFEI mission is to support the advancement of enterprise information environments for the CIO community through industry/government collaboration. The information technology landscape changes rapidly, challenging the community to keep pace. For more information, go to http://www.ndia.org/afei.
Change 1, November 23, 2018 • Establishes the mission, organization and management, responsibilities and functions, relationships, authorities, and administration of DIU. • Establishes an internal governance council, the DIU Technology Review Group, to oversee the activities of DIU.
In this article in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of the ARJ, the Honorable Frank Kendall discusses innovation and what that means in the context of BBP 3.0. This article contains a discussion of the ingredients necessary to foster and encourage innovation in the Defense Acquisition Enterprise -- knowledge, freedom, acceptance of risk, and persistence. Reference Link: Innovation in the Defense Acquisition Enterprise (http://dau.dodlive.mil/2015/10/14/innovation-in-the-defense-acquisition-enterprise/)
CEED, recognizing and capitalizing upon the unique synergies that exist among energy, environmental and demilitarization technology businesses, was formed under the authority of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993 for the purpose of promoting innovation and collaboration among industry academia and the Government. CEED is a non-profit corporation, comprising traditional and non-traditional members in industry and academia, offering a route to simplify and improve Government access to emerging technologies. The Consortium is registered with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to limit anti-trust liabilities. Through its partnership with the Government’s Federal Center for Energy, Environment and Demilitarization (FCEED), CEED is able to offer its members an innovative acquisition mechanism for research, development, test and evaluation and prototype development of new technologies and products that advance the Federal Government’s capabilities in Energy, Environment and Demilitarization. For more information, go to http://ceed-ota.org/
The Other Transactions Guide for Prototype Projects (version 1.2.0, dated January 2017) is rescinded in its entirety and replaced by this guide. Guide provides advice and lessons learned on the planning, publicizing, soliciting, evaluating, negotiation, award, and administration of OTs, to include all three types of OT agreements: Research, Prototype, and Production
Although BBP 3.0 does not specifically consider using grants within the focus area "Incentivize Productivity In Industry And Government," grants are a viable method of providing assistance for research projects to support public policy. Grants are not a substitute for procurement contracts. This paper provides information on the definition, policy, and proper use of grants, statutory and regulatory references, and DAU and other training and resources.