Services and Capabilities
The Department of Defense (DoD) Information Analysis Centers (IAC) program is composed of thousands of scientists and engineers. Through over 270 Technical Area Tasks (TATs) and Core Analysis Tasks (CATs), IACs conducted more than $1.3 billion in FY15 for research, development, technical studies, and analysis.
For more than 65 years, the DoD IACs have proven to be an essential tool for discovering and delivering superior warfighting capabilities, and providing comprehensive scientific and technical research and analysis to researchers, engineers, scientists and program managers with the most challenging technical problems.
Through the IACs, research data is collected, re-used to answer recurring challenges, and analyzed to identify long term trends and provide recommendations to the community.
In 2008, the IAC program announced changes to the contract structure, in response to changes in legislation requiring enhanced competition. The ongoing effort to restructure the IACs was completed in the summer of 2014, aligning to current priorities of the Secretary of Defense (SecDef), including Better Buying Power 3.0.
The IAC mission is to collect, analyze, synthesize, produce, and disseminate scientific and technical information (STI) to DoD and federal government users.
IAC Business Model
The IAC business model ensures that historical information is reused and enhanced with each new effort. IACs bring together the right people to solve some of the toughest challenges DoD faces, enabling access to tacit knowledge of technical experts (experiential knowledge not documented in formal reports) across DoD, government, industry and academia.
IAC Basic Centers of Operation (BCO) collect technical information in areas of DoD interest, analyze information to identify trends, create information products that summarize key findings, and establish Communities of Practice and forums for exchange of current information. The restructuring of the IAC BCOs is intended to accomplish these objectives:
- Increase synergy across related technology areas
- Increase opportunities for small businesses on both BCOs and TATs acquisitions
- Lower cost and improve quality through enhanced competition (17-25% savings over historical costs)
- Expand the industrial base accessible through the IACs
DoD IACs provide technology discovery capabilities and an efficient mechanism to acquire affordable, improved defense capabilities that mitigate adversarial threats and can be deployed to the warfighter.