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The first step is to learn about DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). As a staunch advocate on behalf of the small business community, the OSBP can help companies connect with business opportunities at DISA. 

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 Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate 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:  Assured Identity, Automation, Browser Isolation, Development, Security & Operations (DevSecOps), Fifth Generation Wireless (5G), Gateway Evolution, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence (ML & AI), Mobile/Desktop Convergence, Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR), Wireless Transport, Zero Trust.
When are they held?
  • TEMs are held weekly, on Tuesdays from 1000 – 1100 EST and 1300 – 1400 EST
  • Due to COVID-19, TEMs are strictly virtual and broadcast through an approved collaboration tool, i.e. Department of Defense Commercial Virtual Remote (DoD CVR).
  • When deemed necessary, in-person TEMs will be conducted in a commercial office location in Columbia, MD.
  • The TEM sessions typically last one (1) hour.
  • 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
How do I request to participate in a TEM session?
  • Send TEM requests to the following e-mail: disa.meade.em.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 DISA Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate, 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.

Do you have a system you'd like to get on the Approved Products List (APL), or one that requires system compliance (e.g., record keeping) or standards conformance (e.g., NITF, STANAG, MIL-STD-6016)?

The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) is DISA’s operational test agency, DOD’s joint interoperability certifier, and manages DISA’s test infrastructure as a member of the Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB). JITC is the premier test and evaluation organization advancing global net-centric testing in support of warfighting capabilities. As a "one-stop systems testing center," JITC provides a full range of rapid, standardized, and customized test, evaluation, and certification services to support global net-centric warfighting capabilities under the conditions of peace and war. Specific services provided include:

Compliance Testing (CT)

Assesses a product's ability to perform within the parameters defined in policies, procedures, and control mechanisms. Successful completion of the compliance testing will provide valuable insight into the capabilities and limitations of control mechanisms and product performance.

Unified Capabilities (UC) Testing

Assesses the seamless integration of voice, video, and data applications services delivered ubiquitously across a secure and highly available Internet Protocol infrastructure. UC integrates standards-based communication and collaboration services including, but not limited to, the following: messaging; voice, video and web conferencing; presence; and UC clients.

Standards Conformance Testing (SCT)

Assesses a product’s adherence to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI), Military Standards MIL-STD), NATO Standardization Agreements (STANAG), and Department of Defense prescribed standards. Assessments analyze the products ability to achieve the result identified in the test parameters. Standards Conformance Testing serves as a foundation for overall joint interoperability and should be conducted prior to Joint Interoperability Certification (JIOP) testing.

Joint Interoperability Certification (JIOP) Testing

Evaluates system compatibility and interoperability approved Net-Ready Key Performance Parameter and supporting architectures between DOD and multi-national information systems. JIOP assesses the system's ability to successfully exchange mission critical data between DOD and multi-national mission partners.

For more information about testing with JITC, visit http://www.disa.mil/Mission-Support/Testing.

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 the agency’s plans for the future and associated contracting opportunities.

Attendees to this and other events are provided chances to meet with DISA personnel.

Do you have a question about doing business with DISA?

Submit your inquiry to DISA’s Corporate Connections office