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Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)DIU
Solving the toughest security challenges.

With outposts in the heart of Silicon Valley and Boston, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) serves as a bridge between those in the U.S. military executing some of our nation’s toughest security challenges and companies operating at the cutting edge of technology.
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Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell (JRAC)Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell (JRAC)
Coordination of joint urgent and emergent operation needs.

Mission:  JRAC provides Warfighter Senior Integration Group oversight for all ongoing operations; coordinates Combatant Commander-wide joint urgent and emergent operation needs; and assists the Department of Defense in refining requirements and policy best suited for rapid acquisition.
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DoD Small Business Office SBIR and STTRSBIR and STTR
Link to Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs. This site has a wealth of information including new solicitations when they are available.
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Defense Innovation MarketplaceInnovation
DoD R&E strategic documents, solicitations, and News/Events.

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.
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Coalition Warfare ProgramDoD International Cooperation
Cooperative R&D projects with foreign partners.

The Coalition Warfare Program (CWP) leverages U.S. and foreign investments to conduct cooperative research and development projects with foreign partners.
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DASD Industrial PolicyDASD Industrial Policy logo
Programs affecting the Industrial Base.

Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III, Industrial Assessments, Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment are examples of programs you will find here.
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DoD Information Analysis CentersDoDIACs
Scientific and Technical Information (STI) to drive innovation 


The mission of the IACs is to collect, analyze, synthesize, produce, and disseminate Scientific and Technical Information (STI) to DoD and Federal government users.  The IAC vision is to drive innovation and technological developments by anticipating and responding to the information needs of the defense and broader community, while enhancing collaboration through integrated Scientific and Technical Information (STI) development and dissemination.
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010/7/2020 10:03 AM

DoD CUI Website

What is CUI?  Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) 

  • Government created or owned UNCLASSIFIED information that must be safeguarded from unauthorized disclosure.

  • An overarching term representing many difference categories, each authorized by one or more law, regulation, or Government-wide policy.  

  • Information requiring specific security measures indexed under one system across the Federal Government.

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01/27/2020 7:55 AM

Update:  On 2 April, DAU released a new online training module, ACQ 0150, Middle Tier of Acquisition.

This learning module provides an understanding of the Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA) and its role in the Defense Acquisition System (DAS). The MTA Pathway enables the Department of Defense (DoD) to speed new technologies to warfighters more quickly than traditional acquisition programs, helping the U.S. military to maintain its competitive advantage. During this course, you will learn about MTA; its related policies, provisions, and procedures; and the requirements for implementing MTA.

This module incorporates the latest policy in DoDI 5000.80, Operation of the Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA), dated 30 Dec 2019.

Earlier:  The Rapid Deployment Training for MTA is now available on DAU's website.  Based on DoDI 5000.80 released 30 Dec 2019, this briefing describes the responsibilities, procedures, and requirements for establishment, review, approval and reporting on MTA programs.

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012/12/2019 7:27 AM

Defense Innovation Board (DIB)
RECOMMEND:  Software Acquisition and Practices (SWAP) Study
-Software Acquisition and Practices (SWAP) Study (May 3, 2019)
   o Includes an executive summary, implentation plan and full report
   o SWAP Vignettes and Concept Papers
   o Three fundamental themes

You'll also find:
-The Road to Zero Trust (Security)
-The 5G Ecosystem:  Risks & Opportunities for DoD
-AI Principles Project

Pick up your copy today!

12/12/2019 7:27 AMNo
04/19/2019 8:13 AM

​Lets start a conversation about 5G and Chinese tech. [open this announcement to follow the link]

4/19/2019 8:13 AMNo
01/11/2019 7:42 AM
Although GSA does not have OTA authority, the  CSO procedure can be used for establishing an agreement using OTA authority or a contract not governed by normal FAR rules. <NOTE:  click on the title of this post to access links.>

GSA published Commercial Solution Openings (CSOs) ordering procedures. CSOs are a competitive acquisition process not governed by the FAR which allow us to competitively procure innovation commercial items, technologies, and services.  CSOs are designed to open up the field of competition through streamlined solicitations, fast-track vendor selection processes, simplified contract administration procedures and requirements, and carry a preference for the vendor retaining core intellectual property. CSOs are not the same as Other Transactional Authority (OTAs). OTAs are legally binding procurement agreements based on separate statutory authority. GSA does not have legal authority to enter into OTAs. Key controls on CSOs include requiring prior approval from a GSA Acquisition Innovation Advocate who will ensure the buy is truly competitive (and innovative), limits on order size, and creation of a resources center.

GSA has also created an internal Procurement Innovation Resource Center (PIRC) to assist with implementing the new CSO procedure and highlight other tools and resources that promote using unique contract vehicles for innovative solutions. After conducting market research, a written acquisition plan using the PIRC CSO
Streamlined Acquisition Plan template must be developed that discusses the overall strategy and how the CSO procedure will be utilized. The plan must state how the items being procured are innovative in accordance with the definition in GSAM Part 571.103.

GSA has issued guidance for this CSO procedure within GSAM 571—Pilot Program for Innovative Commercial Items. Links to the GSAM 571 as well as the PIRC CSO Guide and PIRC CSO Solicitation Template may be found at the PIRC web site.
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