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If you would like to present an innovative product or solution, consider participating in a Technical Exchange Meeting (TEM).

What's a TEM?
  • TEMs are weekly events established and hosted by the DISA Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and DOD Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO) as a means to collaborate with commercial entities, non-profit organizations, and academia.
  • TEMs offer a platform for organizations to present technological advancements and innovations.
  • The primary interest areas for TEMs include:  Traditional/Cloud Computing Services, Big Data Analytics, Unified Capabilities, DevOps, NetOps, Networking, Cyber-Security, Mobility, and Software-Defined Everything.
    • TEMs do not serve as a marketing venue or request for proposal actions.
    • TEMs shall not be interpreted as a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation or ultimately award a contract.
    • Presentations will not be considered as proposals nor will any awards be made as a result of a TEM session.
Who attends?
Government participants from across federal agencies are invited to TEMs, including:
  • Office of Secretary of Defense
  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Marine Corps
  • DOD Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO)     
  • DISA Directorates
  • Communications Electronics Command (CECOM)
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • Defense Media Activity (DMA)
  • Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
  • White House Communications Agency (WHCA)
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  • Joint Interoperability Testing Command (JITC)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Department of State
When are they held?
  • TEMs are typically conducted on the final day of the work week in a commercial office location in Arlington, Va.
  • TEMs are also broadcast through the Defense Collaboration Services  (DCS) website to allow participation by government personnel at remote locations.
  • The TEM sessions typically last 1.5 hours.
How do I request to participate in a TEM session?
  • Send TEM requests to the following e-mail: disa.meade.cto.mbx.innovation@mail.mil
  • A TEM request must specify the following information:
    • Organization name
    • Organization point-of-contact information (i.e., name, phone number, E-mail address, etc.)
    • Name and description of the technology/innovation that will be presented and discussed at the TEM session.
    • Answers to the following Heilmeier questions regarding the technology/innovation:
      • What are you trying to do?
      • How is it done today?
      • What's new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
      • Who cares?
      • If you're successful, what difference will it make?
      • What are the risks and the payoffs?
      • How much will it cost?
      • How long will it take?
      • What are the midterm and final "exams" to check for success?
What is a CRADA?
  • A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, CRADA, is a quick, flexible research and development agreement which allows DISA and DOD to partner with industry, academia, federal laboratories, and government agencies to solve complex technical problems or focus on technology innovations that advance both DISA's and the CRADA partner's missions throughout the research and development, testing, and evaluation lifecycle.
How do I request a CRADA?
  • CRADAs fall within the purview of DISA's Technology Transfer (T2) program.  DISA's Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA), located within the Chief Technology Office (CTO), is responsible for the administration, facilitation, and management of DISA's T2 Program.

  • For additional information on DISA's T2 Program and the CRADA Process, click here.

Reach out to the DISA's Procurement Services Directorate’s Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO).

Another opportunity is to attend DISA's annual Forecast to Industry event.

Every year DISA offers an opportunity for our industry partners to hear about DISA’s plans for the future and associated contracting opportunities.

At the event, attendees have the chance to meet with project managers and DISA senior leaders.

In order to schedule a meeting with DISA personnel to discuss your products and services, please fill out a request and submit it to DISA’s Corporate Connections office.

Do you have a question about doing business with DISA? Submit your inquiry to DISA’s Corporate Connections office.