The current structure of the DoD IACs consists of two separate but related operations. The IAC Basic Center Operations (BCO), which performs the core operations that include STI-related activities, technical inquiries, information dissemination, and Core Analysis Tasks (CATs). The second part is the DSIAC Technical Area Tasks (TATs) Multi-Award Contract (MAC) known as DSTAT. TATs are customer-funded projects that are beyond the scope (e.g., funding, duration) of the BCO CATs, but still fall under the DSIAC’s technical focus areas, which include:
- Advanced Materials
- Autonomous Systems
- Directed Energy
- Military Sensing
- Non-lethal Weapons
- Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, Interoperability (RMQSI)
- Survivability and Vulnerability
- Weapon Systems
DSTAT is an IDIQ MAC for Research and Development (R&D) and /or Advisory & Assistance Services (A&AS) related to R&D efforts. Customers who wish to use the IAC TAT MACs must submit a requirements package to the IAC Program Office so that it can be competed amongst the approved contractors that are eligible to perform these tasks. The IACs have streamlined the award process such that TATs are typically awarded much faster than what can be expected under other contract types (e.g., BAAs, etc.).
More information on the TAT program, and the process of awarding a TAT, can be found on the IAC website.