Information Analysis Center (IAC) Mission and Vision
The mission of the IACs is to collect, analyze, synthesize, produce, and disseminate Scientific and Technical Information (STI) to DoD and Federal government users. IACs support ASD(R&E) in carrying out the R&E community's three strategic guiding imperatives:
- Mitigate new and emerging adversary threats that could degrade U.S. (and allied) capabilities;
- Enable affordable new or extended capabilities in existing military systems;
- Develop technology surprise through science and engineering applications to military problems.
Our 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.
The IACs operate as a part of Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), which supports their efforts, and provides additional technical data and research support for the Defense Department. In a recent memo discussing IAC operations under sequestration, DTIC and IAC leadership affirmed that "the IACs will continue to operate, providing an efficient mechanism for the department to continue its mission under the severe constraints of sequestration."
Building on decades of experience, IACs continue to adapt to the evolving needs of DoD. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in their case study on Better Buying Power, dated April 2012, concluded that the on-going evolution of the IACs will only serve to enhance their value; according to the CSIS study, the IACs "will be positioned to create and sustain a focus on the Better Buying Power Initiative to improve affordability, productivity, and standardization within defense acquisition programs."
IAC Value During Sequestration
In this time of budgetary uncertainty, the importance of the DoD IAC program is actually enhanced. IACs serve as a proven resource for maximizing the value of each dollar the Department spends. IACs continue to operate under the severe constraints of sequestration, providing an efficient mechanism for the Department to continue its mission.
Pentagon Asserts Increased Value of DoD IACs During Times of Budgetary Uncertainty
For over 65 years, the DoD IACs have provided an essential resource to affordably deliver data and analysis in support of the need for technical information supporting current operations. In a recent Federal Times article, a Pentagon spokesperson said the IACs allow the Pentagon "to reduce duplication and build on previous research, development and other technical needs."
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified reduced duplication as an area where the federal government can achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. In an April 2013 report, GAO asserts that "the government could potentially save tens of billions of dollars annually" by reducing fragmentation, duplication, and overlap. This assessment underscores the value of the IACs.
Examples of IACs Saving Taxpayer Dollars
Below are IAC success stories which highlight the IAC program's ability to support current operations while saving taxpayer dollars.
Continues MRAP RCM Evaluations - This effort improved operational availability of the MRAP fleet with an increase of nearly 3,300 hours/year in mission availability, ensuring these critical systems are operational, functional, and available during the mission. If all recommended changes to the vehicle maintenance procedures are adopted, the cost avoidance is $8.5 billion.
Fast Tint Protective Eyewear (FTPE) - As compared to a general COTS transition lens change taking three to five minutes, the transition between shades of the FTPE occurs at the speed of 1/10th of a second. The lens transition and durability make them an essential tool for the Warfighter. The Naval Surface Warfare Command (NSWC) has confirmed that this will save millions in research and development dollars.
Capabilities Development for Rapid Transition (CDRT) This analysis allowed the Army to focus its scarce resources on those systems that have proven their worth on the field of battle, and to end funding to capabilities that have fallen short of expectations. It is estimated that the termination of these systems will result in a cost avoidance of millions of dollars for the Army.
IAC Value for Small Businesses
The restructuring of the IAC program has increased focus on and support of small businesses as follows:
IAC Basic Centers of Operation (BCOs)—CSIAC, HDIAC, and DSIAC—are 100% small business set-asides and, coupled with our Technical Area Tasks (TATs), offer a potential value for small business of over $1 Billion.
IACs provide industry with Scientific and Technical Information, including access to finished research reports and awareness of on-going R&D activities; this particularly helps small business competitiveness, focusing resources in response to DoD requirements.