What are Information Analysis Centers Basic Centers of Operation?

The Information Analysis Center (IAC) Basic Centers of Operation (BCO) perform functions necessary to fulfill the mission and objectives applicable to the DoD research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) and acquisition communities’ needs. These activities focus on the collection, analysis, synthesizing/processing and dissemination of scientific and technical information (STI).

What are Core Analysis Tasks?

Challenging technical problems that are beyond the scope of a technical inquiry can be solved by initiating a core analysis task (CAT). CATs are separately funded work efforts over and above basic DoD information analysis centers (IAC) products and services. Through the CAT program, requiring activities can use the IAC program as a contracting vehicle, enabling DoD to obtain specialized support for specific projects. These projects must be within the IACs technical domain.

Examples of CAT Work:


CSIAC - Agent Fly Technologies Autonomous UAS Experimentation System (AUES)


DSIAC - DSIAC Forecasts DoD Additive Manufacturing for GSA


HDIAC - Homeland Security Implications for High-Speed Rail


Ordering CATs from DoD Information Analysis Centers

DoD IACs offer a special service to DoD components and other U.S. government agencies and departments. All three IACs will undertake studies and analyses built upon the expertise assembled within the basic IAC on a fee for service basis. Studies and analyses may include laboratory or field work intended to achieve one or more of the following specific purposes:

    • Verify and/or validate results of earlier experimentation as reported in scientific and technical literature
    • Develop new methods for collecting, analyzing, or disseminating STI required by DoD components to assess technology, systems, or military operations
    • Develop alternative methods of collecting, analyzing, or disseminating STI to replace or enhance current practices
    • Perform experiments or otherwise undertake original research to fill in gaps in the DoD or government-knowledge base when doing so is the most cost-efficient or cost-effective method, or when use of a DoD IAC minimizes the likelihood for institutional or financial conflicts of interest.

Contact the IAC that focuses on your area of interest to start on your first question today. The first four hours are free.

For more in-depth requirements, customers may seek IAC support by funding a Technical Area Task (TAT).

csiac Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center (CSIAC) -Software Data and Analysis, Information Assurance (IA), Modeling and Simulation (M&S), Knowledge Management and Information Systems
dsiac Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) - Weapons Systems; Autonomous Systems; Survivability and Vulnerability; Reliability; Maintainability; Quality, Supportability and Interoperability (RMQSI); Advanced Materials; Military Sensing; Energetics; Directed Energy; and Non-lethal Weapons
hdiac Homeland Defense Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) - Homeland Defense and Security; Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP); Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD); CBRN Defense; Biometrics; Medical; Cultural Studies; and Alternative Energy

How to Get Started

1. Prepare a Performance Work Statement (PWS)

The IAC can work closely with the customer on technical matters. IACs, as a pre-competed contract, may assist customers in defining the requirement and documenting it in the form of a PWS. However, IACs may not work preliminary agreements on price-related elements; customers should prepare independent cost estimates associated with their requirements. Once the IAC and customer have agreed on the PWS, it is reviewed by the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), the IAC Program Management Office, and the Contracting Officer to ensure it meets the scope and constraints of the IAC contract.

2. IAC Prepares Task Technical and Cost Proposal

Based on the requirements identified in the PWS, the IAC BCO prepares a technical and cost proposal, which is subject to approval by the customer and the contracting officer

3. IACs Can Get to Work in a Matter of Months

IACs are usually able to commence work on a modified contract within 4-6 weeks (sometimes sooner). Funds to pay for the work are transferred to DTIC via Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request (MIPR) or interagency agreement. To learn more about our MIPR process, please visit our Financial Management page.

Severable vs. Non-Severable Services

IAC CATs predominantly are for severable services, therefore they may be incrementally funded. Severable services are recurring or continuing in nature, such as research performed on a level of effort basis. In contrast, a non-severable effort is one that requires the contractor to complete and deliver a single specified end-product or deliverable. A non-severable delivery order must be fully funded at the time of award and cannot be incrementally funded.

Legacy TATs

The Legacy TAT program has ended. New efforts can no longer be accomplished on any of the IAC legacy contracts. For more information on the IAC program contract structure, please see our IAC Program History page.

DACS, IATAC, and MSIAC have been consolidated into CSIAC

AMMTIAC, CPIAC, RIAC, SENSIAC, SURVIAC, and WSTIAC have been consolidated into DSIAC

CBRNIAC (and some areas of the SURVIAC) have been consolidated into HDIAC