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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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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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09/13/2022 8:15 AM

​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:  

Although DoD agreement officers awarded OTs for prototypes in accordance with the statute, additional OT policies are needed. The audit found agreement officers did
not always:
• verify the status of nontraditional defense contractors (NDC) because there is no requirement for agreement officers to do so;
• validate NDCs participating in prototype awards to a significant extent actually completed the significant work because there is no requirement for the agreement officers to validate the work performed by the NDC throughout the project; or
• approve costs incurred prior to award or appropriately award resource share OTs because the agreement officers did not comply with the U.S.C. and compliance with the OT Guide is not a requirement.

The DoD takes on more risk when it uses OTs to get participation from NDCs. However, without validating NDC status, conducting appropriate oversight to ensure the NDC performs the requirements of the OT agreement as proposed, or validating resource share contributions, agreement personnel may not meet the conditions of the statute, the Government may be paying more than the amount required in the resource share agreement, and traditional contractors may obtain an OT for which they were ineligible.

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03/17/2022 1:52 PM

DIU continues to help the Department of Defense (DoD) embrace and adopt life, cost, and time-saving commercial technology. 

DIU’s FY 2021 Annual Report provides an overview of key performance metrics, descriptions of commercial solutions DIU helped deliver to DoD partners, and feature portfolio project vignettes. 

3/17/2022 1:52 PMNo
02/19/2021 8:41 AM

​GAO Technology Assessment Design Handbook, GAO-21-347G dated February 2021.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides Congress, federal agencies, and the public with non-partisan, objective, reliable information to help the government save money and work more efficiently and effectively. Science and technology (S&T) issues figure prominently in problems that Congress confronts, and one component of the assistance GAO provides to Congress is the production of technology assessments (TAs). GAO TAs analyze recent S&T developments, highlight potential effects of technological change, and strive to make S&T concepts readily accessible to policymakers.

The Technology Assessment Act of 1972 (Public Law 92-484) established the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) as an analytical support agency of the Congress. OTA was defunded in 1995. In 2002, GAO began conducting TAs, and in 2008, established a permanent TA function. In 2019, GAO created the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics (STAA) team by pulling together and building upon existing elements and expertise within GAO.
2/19/2021 8:41 AMNo
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.

10/7/2020 10:03 AMNo
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.

1/27/2020 7:55 AMNo

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