Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning is a hot topic for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the agency isn’t letting conventional thinking stand in the way of finding innovative ideas. The upcoming Director’s 3rd Quarterly Industry Day is just one example. From planning to execution, the two-day event is designed to find new capabilities and business processes from the private sector and academia.
Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, USMC, has taken command as the 20th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, making him the first U.S. Marine to take the helm of the military’s spy agency.
In his new role, Gen. Stewart also serves as the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). He is stationed at DIA headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a $40 million task order under the Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (SITE) contract to support the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). General Dynamics will provide 24-hour supervision for the Directorate for Information Management's enterprise service desk, which includes a customer call center and managing mission essential services. The company will be responsible for ensuring unresolved service desk requests are routed to the appropriate support organizations, as well as ensuring that all incidents are promptly and accurately documented in the incident tracking system.
Rear Adm. Paul B. Becker, USN, has been nominated for assignment as vice director for intelligence, J-2, Joint Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
David Shedd has been named deputy director, Defense Intelligence Agency, Arlington, Virginia.
Yesterday's blog coverage was just too short to include the depth of advice the experts at the Small Business Intelligence Forum shared, so here are a few more ideas: -Savvy SIGNAL Scape reader Ross Andrews, ARC Program Manager, Contractor - BVTI, beat this reporter to the punch on a very important item that should be on every small company's list if it wants to do business with the intelligence community: register with the Acquisition Resource Center. See his full comment at http://bit.ly/bXmzFM.
It's sometimes difficult to figure out what's the bigger secret - intelligence or the acquisition processes of the organizations that gather it. CIA, NSA, DIA plus 13 more agencies are collectively known as the intelligence community (IC), but that's where most of the similarity ends when it comes to these information hunters and gathers when it comes to purchasing goods, services or "carbon units." One fact is absolutely true and as open source as is possible: small businesses have advocates in IC agencies that fight tooth and nail in their interest. Some of these experts presented valuable secrets as well as common sense about how to capture the IC's business at the AFCEA International Small Business Intelligence Forum.