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DoD Information Analysis Centers (IACs)

To perform at the utmost levels, the U.S. military requires the most effective and advanced technologies. The DoD’s Information Analysis Centers (IACs), operated by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), have successfully improved the productivity of researchers, engineers and program managers throughout the defense research, development and acquisition communities. The DoD IACs act as knowledge base centers by using and building upon existing scientific and technical information to encourage solutions and innovations, building upon this foundational knowledge and applying it to operational research in support of the Warfighter.

Individual IACs covered an array of specialties that helped advance key areas of science and technology. Alion has been supporting the IAC program for more than 45 years, beginning in 1968 as DTIC’s first operator of the Reliability Analysis Center (RAC), later being chosen to operate the IACs for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (AMMTIAC), Modeling and Simulation (MSIAC) and Weapons Systems Technologies (WSTIAC).

In 2008, the IAC Program announced changes to its contract structure in response to changes in legislation requiring enhanced competition. Since that time, the IAC Program has awarded multiple-award TAT contracts under the new construct. Today, as a prime awardee for the Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (DS TATs) and the Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Tasks (CS TATs) multiple-award contracts, Alion continues to deliver the insight, expertise, technologies and knowledge that drives more effective solutions and advances the state of the art.

Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (DS TATs)

DS TATs is a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) multiple award contract vehicle that offers expert research, development, test and evaluation, and advisory and assistance services related to research and development efforts.

The technical areas of focus include: Advanced Materials; Autonomous Systems; Directed Energy; Energetics; Military Sensing; Non-Lethal Weapons and Information Operations; Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, and Interoperability; Survivability and Vulnerability; and Weapons Systems. Previously, AMMTIAC (Alion prime), WSTIAC (Alion prime), CPIAC, RIAC, SENSIAC, and SURVIAC operated in the DS TATs technical area domains.

Contract: FA8075-14-D-0014
Type: Cost Plus Fixed Fee, Firm Fixed Price

Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Tasks
(CS TATs)

CS TATs is a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ), multiple-award contract offering expert research, development, test and evaluation, and advisory and assistance services related to research and development efforts. Technical areas include: Cyber Security, Software Data & Analysis;  Knowledge Management & Information Sharing; and Modeling and Simulation. This contract replaced the SNIM contract, which was the successor to the MSIAC (Alion prime), DACS and IATAC contracts that operated in the SNIM technical area domains.

Contract: FA8075-16-D-0001
Type: Cost Plus Fixed Fee, Firm Fixed Price

Benefits of using DS TATs and CS TATs:

Customers in the DoD community that take advantage of DS TATs and CS TATs can benefit by not duplicating work that has already been performed as well as contributing to the growing scientific and technical information available to others.

Additionally, DS TATs and CS TATs offer the following benefits:

  • Ease of use, with DTIC and Alion providing guidance, templates and experienced staff
  • Flexible contract structure and clauses allows for cost reimbursable and fixed price task orders at any security clearance level, and the ability to work in theater
  • Low Customer Shared Direct Cost (CSDC) of approximately 1.1% shared direct cost compared to the 3-5% industry standard
  • Average of 180 days from initiation of acquisition process to award
  • Enables users to contribute to Better Buying Power 3.0 objectives
  • IACs are considered "best value vehicles" by the DoD -- read the official memo here (PDF)