Defense Intelligence Agency leaders discuss with hundreds of industry partners the need for new or more efficient technologies in an increasingly austere fiscal environment during Innovation Day 2013 briefings and exhibition events at DIA Headquarters in Washington D.C. June 27.
A rapidly changing technology horizon, dynamic international landscape, and a fiscally austere budget environment create an imperative for innovation. DIA has made innovation a top priority – developing an innovation strategy centered on converting ideas to action.
Read the 2014 DIA Innovation Strategic Plan (PDF, 1.7MB)
DIA is committed to leveraging the full range and scope of forward leaning ideas from all qualified and interested sources, to include both traditional and non-traditional parties, inside or outside of our organization, to include, but not necessarily limited to, the intelligence community writ large, elsewhere in government, coalition partners, industry, and academia. Our ability to keep pace with change depends on strengthening ties with existing partners and developing new relationships with potential innovation sources, complemented with a focus on efforts to streamline engagement mechanisms and procedures to promote rapid and cohesive communications and information sharing on topics of interest. Our focus is not on simply keeping pace, but in leading change. Given the central nature of this imperative to our mission, we are incorporating best practices and applying new models for linking DIA to idea creators and solution providers.
Information provided below is intended to be a quick primer for how to engage DIA with innovative ideas. While not necessarily intended to be all inclusive, no guarantees or promises are hereby implied, and notwithstanding the fact that DIA reserves the right to change, update, and/or rescind any of the content listed herein, the content below is intended to provide an overview of existing models for engagement and to outline future directions to support planning. Interested parties are free to check back for updates, or follow us on Twitter @DefenseIntel, as appropriate.
“Innovation” engagement opportunities, mechanisms, and initiatives include the following:
Unfunded Research and Development Agreement (URDA)
DIA is expanding its Unfunded R&D Program, which is similar to the more well-known CRADA program. The program is intended to initiate and regulate technology transfer relationships between DIA and Private Entities, which allows for the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and other resources in furtherance of Unfunded R&D efforts yielding better outcomes for both parties. We’re emphasizing the use of these agreements to provide mission transition paths for large and small businesses engaged in R&D initiatives funded by sources such as IARPA, DARPA, NSF, Service Labs, etc. If you’re interested in partnering with DIA this way, email: ~I2Aemail@example.com.
Industry Interaction Program (IIP)
DIA and the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency (NGA) have partnered to evaluate ideas supporting the collective intelligence mission. More information on this program can be found at http://www1.nga.mil.
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
At any given time, DIA may have a number of different types of solicitations published via FedBizOps.gov to communicate its requirements to potential solutions providers. One type of solicitation available to express agency interest is the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). DIA is currently developing an agency-wide BAA to target “innovation” on a broad variety of topics of interest, which may serve as a broad umbrella for maximum engagement opportunities with any interested and qualified sources, both traditional and non-traditional, including potential engagement on a myriad of unclassified and classified topic areas. Interested parties may wish to check back frequently for future developments in this regard. It is anticipated that interested sources will engage the DIA on a broad variety of “Innovation” topics of interest by using: ~Ideas2Action@dodiis.mil.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) partnering
Currently, DIA is evaluating the establishment of an SBIR program. DIA is expanding discussions with various SBIR program managers and continues outreach with a variety of small businesses funded through other external agency SBIR programs to expand innovation transition opportunities with DIA mission elements. If you are conducting an externally funded Phase 2 or 3 SBIR that aligns with the Defense Intelligence Enterprise mission, we would like to hear from you. Learn more about the DIA Office of Small Business Programs.
Other Government Entities
Other Government R&D programs in need of a transition partner can work with the Innovation Team and DIA during any stage of the project development. DIA partners with other program funding offices to refine requirements, develop challenge problems, co-sponsor, provide access to mission relevant data sets, systems, and users for evaluation, and identify mission impact for innovative solutions. Contact ~I2Afirstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Open Innovation Gateway (Coming Soon – June 2014)
The DIA Open Innovation Gateway (OIG) is designed to bring the DIA mission environment to the innovator. The OIG is a low barrier to entry virtual environment with a core that resembles the mission architecture (IC ITE) and capabilities with high fidelity - streamlining the transition of promising technologies, methods, and tradecraft. OIG enables the innovator to develop capabilities from their own lab and showcase them in a mission relevant environment without compromising intellectual property. The OIG is envisioned to foster maximum collaborative discussion and rapid innovation exploration with the broadest set of innovators through a low barrier to entry process. The environment is intended to support rapid spirals by enabling feedback on beta capabilities, simplify integration with mission systems through specific guidance and mission relevant, and promote awareness of mission context via “challenge problems” that are analogs for mission needs.
Other ideas – no date specified.
Disruptive Capability Evaluation (DCE) program
Modeled after the successful CIA Non-traditional Enterprise Acquisition Technology (NEAT) program, the DIA DCE program is designed to gain quick access to small businesses and start-ups with disruptive capabilities that have potential for mission impact.
DIA Innovative Mission Capabilities (IMC) program
In collaboration with the NSA IMC program, the DIA IMC program is designed to rapidly scan the solution space for viable capabilities with the potential to address mission challenges. Annually, the IMC presents challenge problems to registered Innovative Solution Providers (will be part of the OIG registration). Through this model, innovation providers compete for short duration (typically 3 month) proof of concept pilots used to explore new possibilities. The best ideas emerging from this process may be picked up to extend to full mission capabilities.