FCW: Pentagon awards OTA for online AI marketplace

“The Defense Department has taken a major first step in creating an online marketplace for artificial intelligence acquisition.”

“The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center with Army Contracting Command awarded Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3) another transaction agreement for an undisclosed amount on Jan. 20 to build and manage an online environment for the rapid procurement and delivery of AI capabilities for DOD.”

“The online portal prototype will be created through Tradewind, a specialized business model for AI acquisitions that aims to give startups and academic institutions a direct line to the government and make it easier for DOD to buy commercially available technology as part of a “collaborative ecosystem”, according to the Feb. 1 announcement…”

“The announcement comes after the JAIC announced a phased approach to artificial intelligence adoption across the Defense Department to include everything from warfighting to business operations and research. To that end, the department awarded Booz Allen Hamilton $800 million to develop capabilities in May for warfighter operations and $7.5 million to Howard University to launch an AI center of excellence.” Read the full article here.

Source: Pentagon awards OTA for online AI marketplace – By Lauren C. Williams, February 1, 2021. FCW.

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