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Legacy TATs

4 Hours of Technical Research for Free




What are CATs?

Challenging technical problems that are beyond the scope of a basic inquiry (i.e., require more than 4 hours of research) can be solved by initiating a Core Analysis Task (CAT). CATs are separately funded work efforts over and above basic IAC products and services. Through the CAT program, Requesting Agencies can use the IAC program as a contracting vehicle, enabling the DoD to obtain specialized support for specific projects. These projects, however, must be within the IAC’s technical domain.

Ordering CATs from DoD Information Analysis Centers

DoD IACs offer a special service to DoD Components and other US Government Agencies and Departments. All IACs will undertake studies and analyses built upon the expertise assembled within the basic IAC on a fee for service basis. Such studies and analyses may include laboratory or field work where such work is 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.

If you have a mission for DoD, you have a partner in the IACs. Simply contact the IAC that focuses on your area of interest – we’ll start on your first question today. The first four hours are free, every time. For more in-depth requirements, customers may seek IAC support by funding a Technical Area Task (TAT).

CSIAC -Software Data & Analysis, Information Assurance (IA), Modeling & Simulation (M&S), Knowledge Management & Information Systems.

DSIAC - Weapons Systems, Autonomous Systems, Survivability & Vulnerability, Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, & Interoperability (RMQSI), Advanced Materials ,Military Sensing, Energetic's, Directed Energy, Non-lethal Weapons.

HDIAC - Homeland Defense & Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), CBRN Defense, Biometrics, Medical, Cultural Studies, Alternative Energy.

How to Get Started

1. Prepare a Statement of Work (SOW)

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 SOW.  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 SOW, 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 SOW, the IAC 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.

Legacy TATs

DACS, IATAC, and MSIAC have been consolidated into CSIAC
and WSTIAC have been consolidated into DSIAC
CBRNIAC (and some areas of the SURVIAC IAC)
have been consolidated into HDIAC

Click here to view the IAC Quick Reference Sheet. This reference contains Legacy TAT contract numbers and point of contact information for the DTIC Program Management Analyst and Budget Analyst for each of the IACs.

Active Legacy TATs

Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Testing Information Analysis Center

BCO- The AMMTIAC Basic Center of Operations (BCO) is operated by SURVICE;; 443-360-4600;
Current TATs - AMMTIAC TATs is operated by Alion Science;315-339-7117;
Future TATs - The AMMTIAC TAT program will roll into the DS TAT contract on 1 October 2014. Click here to see the deadlines for TAT SOWs and MIPRs.
Military Sensing Information Analysis Center
BCO- The SENSIAC Basic Center of Operations (BCO) is operated by SURVICE;; 443-360-4600;
Current TATs - SENSIAC TATs is operated by Georgia Tech University; 404-407-7367;
Future TATs - The SENSIAC TAT program will roll into the DS TAT contract on 1 October 2014. Click here to see the deadlines for TAT SOWs and MIPRs.

Four Hours of Technical Research for FREE

The first 4 hours of every project are free! For services requiring less than 4 hours, contact the relevant IAC directly. Be sure to register with DTIC before requesting services.

Level of Service
Description of Service
Basic Research and answers for request submitted via e-mail or telephone (less than 4 technical hours; no charge).
Extended Searches, analyses, and determination of analytical techniques.
CATs In-depth analysis and synthesis of relevant literature, along with laboratory research.
Technical Area Tasks (TATs) An analytical and technical foundation for studies, analysis, and other scientific and technical information (STI) activities.