"Our entire national security community needs to stimulate new critical thinking and research on how we maintain our technological dominance" - Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.

"We have reduced money, yet increased threats. Now we have to think what is in the realm of the possible...that is also affordable" - Assistant Secretary of Defense Alan Shaffer.

"In my 38 years of service, I have never seen a more dynamic and rapidly changing security environment than the one we face now" - U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno.

Technology Domain Awareness (TDA)

TDA is the effective understanding of the technology landscape as it relates to defense needs. It is a defense innovation business process based on shared technology information and related operational concepts and lessons learned to support better technology decision making. IAC TDA is building an expanded defense technology innovation community of practice that incorporates DOD stakeholders, traditional defense industry, the start-up and venture capital communities, and the academic research community. It employs a combination of incentives, information, shared infrastructure, and services to:

  1. Facilitate the rapid identification of defense-relevant technology opportunities and challenges,
  2. Enable collaborative development and prototyping activities,
  3. Develop a learning context for defense technology innovation and
  4. Link and scale distributed innovation efforts to enhance transition and address DOD-wide learning objectives.

Thought Leadership

"Our most sacred obligation is to make sure (our military is) never sent into a fair fight, which is to say that they must be the best-led, the best-trained, and the best-equipped force in the world." Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Policy & Guidance

TDA Case Studies

Latest News


March 5, 2015
Other Transactions Agreement (OTA) for Prototypes Opportunities

Re-Use of Energy-Related Scientific and Technolgy Information...

Christopher Zember, Director DoD IACs, was a keynote speaker at the Defense Energy Summit (DES) and Innovation Showcase in Austin, TX on 11 November 2014.

Christopher Zember and Jay Harrison explained the initial drive behind TDA on Federal News Radio.

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