Driven by changes in U.S. Government policy to incorporate the best practices gleaned from decades of operational experience, the restructuring of the Department of Defense (DOD) Information Analysis Centers (IACs) accomplished the following objectives:
• Realigned the IAC focus to match the top priorities of the Secretary of Defense.
• Increased synergy across related technology areas.
• Increased opportunities for small businesses.
• Lowered cost and improved quality through enhanced competition.
As one of three IACs under the new DOD IAC structure, HDIAC manages, analyzes, and disseminates relevant scientific and technical information (STI) in eight major homeland defense focus areas: Homeland Defense and Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense, Biometrics, Medical, Cultural Studies, and Alternative Energy. HDIAC’s mission is executed under the daily direction of the DOD IAC Program Management Office, with operational and policy guidance from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. HDIAC implements the following strategic goals:
• Use the best knowledge and technical expertise from government, industry, and academia to solve tough STI problems in homeland defense.
• Serve as a ready tool for strategic, operational, and tactical organizations in DOD and the broader homeland defense community to resolve issues.
• Build a community of homeland defense subject matter experts (SMEs) and provide long-term STI corporate memory for DOD.
• Build networks to reduce duplicate information holdings and provide analytical capabilities in research and development components.
As a multi-disciplined IAC, HDIAC (1) engages in developing and exchanging information and knowledge based on the wealth of our SMEs’ experience, and (2) reaches out to Federal Government agencies, state and local governments, academia, and industry to develop and share information across the homeland defense community. This knowledge is applied to resolve complex homeland defense challenges facing the DOD and the U.S. Government. HDIAC is an essential resource for cost-effectively fielding superior warfighting capabilities in today’s ever-changing, highly technological environment.
The HDIAC operations center focuses on providing value to our warfighters through two avenues: (1) collect, analyze, and disseminate, and (2) expand HDIAC knowledge and presence within DOD. We operate the HDIAC website, prepare quarterly journals with a calendar of relevant HDIAC events, annually develop and write two state-of-the-art reports (SOARs) within the eight focus areas, add foreign language STI to the collection for research, catalog and link to relevant datasets, and provide a strong, engaged, multi-disciplined team to deliver expertise in all focus areas.
Communities of practice within HDIAC work together to support the warfighter, industry, academia, and researchers who provide input for operational decisions. As synergy increases across related technology areas, access to evaluated STI from a variety of operations is increased. Networks are built, helping reduce duplicate information holdings and while increasing analytical capabilities in research and development (R&D). With a growing community of homeland defense SMEs, HDIAC provides long-term STI corporate memory for DOD. We are a ready tool to help strategic, operational, and tactical organizations in DOD and the broader homeland defense community to resolve issues. We use the best knowledge and technical expertise from government, industry, and academia to solve tough STI problems in homeland defense.
The Core Analysis Task (CAT) is a separately funded effort over and above basic HDIAC products and services, where challenging technical problems beyond the scope of a no-cost basic inquiry can be further examined, studied, and resolved. These 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 the 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.
Below are some advantages to using an HDIAC CAT:
Quick Start-up. Not only does HDIAC provide DOD and other agencies with a contract vehicle, but it also provides a pre-competed award. After the proposal is received, the award can be made within 4-6 weeks.
Expansive Technical Domain. The broad scope of HDIAC focus areas provides substantial project resources, and it is especially valuable for efforts that cross multiple domains.
Application of Current STI. Because results from all HDIAC CATs and homeland defense technical area tasks are collected, stored and used to support future HDIAC efforts, all new CATs draw from recent studies conducted for DOD.
The SME Network. Support is leveraged from the expansive HDIAC SME network, which includes HDIAC staff, team members, and the expanding community of practice. Our growing external SME network complements HDIAC’s internal SMEs. The HDIAC SMEs bring a combination of academic and operational expertise in the eight HDIAC focus areas. External SMEs are being developed through several methods:
• Professionals visit hdiac.org, click on “Become an SME,” and complete and submit the application.
• In-house SMEs reach out to professionals at conferences and exhibitions.
• We use social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) to encourage homeland defense professionals to join HDIAC’s SME network.
The HDIAC’s main office is in Falls Church, Virginia, and the Operations Center is in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Our partners are SciTech (Havre de Grace, Maryland), TASC (Chantilly, Virginia), and Northrop Grumman (Charlottesville, Virginia). We also receive SME support from ORAU (formerly the Oak Ridge Associated Universities), and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.