Core Analysis Task Program

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Challenging technical problems that are beyond the scope of the free 4 hour technical inquiry can be investigated with a Core Analysis Task (CAT) request. CATs are separately funded research activities that extend beyond the DSIAC BCO services. Via a CAT request, the DSIAC can be utilized as a contracting vehicle enabling the DoD community to obtain specialized support for specific projects. The projects must be within the technical scope of the DSIAC and must result in the generation of formal scientific and technical information (STI), such as a technical report, data, analysis, or other formal deliverable product.  The DSIAC scope includes advanced materials, autonomous systems, directed energy, energetics, military sensing, non-lethal weapons, Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, & Interoperability (RMQSI), survivability & vulnerability, and weapon systems.

Advantages of DSIAC CAT Services

  • Fast Track – The DSIAC operates under a pre-competed single award CPFF IDIQ so work can begin in as little as 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Expansive Technical Domain – the broad scope of the DSIAC provides a wide and deep pool of resources for projects which is especially valuable for efforts that cross multiple domains.
  • Large SME Network – The DSIAC can leverage support from its expansive SME Network to perform CATs.
  • Immense Database –The DSIAC has access to an enormous repository of data and information to support the execution of CATs, including the scientific and technical information collections from the six legacy IACs, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)Research and Engineering (R&E) Gateway, and specialized DoD and Government databases and repositories that are not routinely accessible to the community.
  • Latest Information – Draw from the most recent studies performed for agencies across the DoD, as the results from all DSIAC CATs and Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (TATs) are collected, stored and used to support ongoing efforts of the DSIAC.

Starting is Free & Easy

The first step is to contact us and as with all technical inquiries, the first four hours of TI research are conducted free of charge. If the scope of the effort exceeds the free TI threshold, the DSIAC will contact the requestor to determine if the scope of the effort qualifies as a CAT.  The DSIAC will then assist with the development of a Statement of Work (SOW). The SOW must be approved by the DSIAC Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), the IAC Program Management Office (PMO), and the DSIAC Contracting Officer to ensure it meets the requirements of the DSIAC contract.  Based on the SOW requirements, the DSIAC will then prepare a technical and cost proposal which must also be approved by the customer and the contracting officer.

Each CAT is limited to a 12 month period of performance and a cost ceiling of $1M. CATs can be requested by anyone in the DoD community as well as non-DoD Government Agencies and Departments. For more information on the IAC CAT program, including the standard operating procedure for ordering CATs, visit the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) website or call the DSIAC directly at 443-360-4600 for assistance.

Mission Success Stories

The DTIC website archives mission success stories from the various projects performed by the various IACs. The site provides excellent examples of how the IACs solve complex problems by providing expert service to the DoD community.