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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.

DIA Innovation Day 2014 - June 27, 2014 - DIA HQ

 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.

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.

Read the 2014 DIA Innovation Strategic Plan (PDF, 1.7MB)

Information provided below is intended to be a quick primer for how to engage DIA with innovative ideas. Interested parties are free to check back for updates, or follow us on Twitter @DefenseIntel.

Engagement Opportunities

“Innovation” engagement opportunities, mechanisms, and initiatives include the following:

NeedipeDIA is a FAR compliant mechanism designed to communicate mission needs to innovators and streamline the acquisition process. It is a mechanism to link mission needs to innovative solutions by engaging idea creators from industry and academia in a model that facilitates streamlined acquisition.  Through NeedipeDIA, DIA can convert innovative ideas to action with unprecedented speed.  If you have a great idea to enhance national security join us at

Open Innovation Gateway (IOC – June 2014)
The Gateway offers innovators the opportunity to showcase capabilities in a realistic emulation of our operational environment.  This allows innovators and mission users to co-create, developing the next generation of tools and tradecraft.  This environment provides a gateway for promising capabilities conforming to specifications to be fast-tracked for mission use. If you are interested in participating in the Gateway, please email (reference Gateway in the subject line).

To listen in on a deeper discussion on NeedipeDIA and Gateway go to the Federal New Radio at

Unfunded Research and Development Agreement (URDA)
To facilitate partnerships on external research and development, DIA is expanding its Unfunded R&D program.  An URDA regulates technology transfer relationships between DIA and Private Entities, allowing the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and other resources, when no funds are exchanged. This enables mission practitioners to participate in external R&D activities to yield better outcomes for both parties. Specifically, DIA would like to be the premier partner for mission transfer of R&D outcomes. If you’re interested in partnering with DIA this way, email:

Other Government Entities
DIA seeks partnerships with all federal, state, and local agencies to share ideas, split costs, and yield maximum value to the U.S. taxpayer. Contact for more information.

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) partnering
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.