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Thomas Gillespie Leads DoD IAC to Improve Cyber, Weapon & Defense Systems

Thomas Gillespie, director of the Department of Defense Information Analysis Centers, has provided the agency with strategic studies and built communities of interest in areas of critical importance, including cyber operations, weapon systems and homeland defense.

In September, DoD signed 15 companies to a potential nine-year, $28B contract for technology research and development services. BAE Systems, Leidos, ManTech International, Raytheon and many others are vying for $15M in task orders under Pool 1 of the awarded contract for the Defense Technical Information Center. The work is projected to continue into 2027.

The Information Analysis Center multiple award contract (IAC-MAC) is the result of a two-year effort to revolutionize the DoD IAC’s contract structure, reports 

DefenseDaily. The DTIC operates within three distinct information analysis centers focused on cyber security, homeland defense and defense systems technologies, according to Gillespie. The new contract merges the goals of all three centers into one contract.

“We’ve been using these three multiple award contracts for several years now,” said Gillespie. “And we realized, ‘Look, we need to put these into a single contract to save the government money and reduce the bidding costs for industry partners,” he said. “It’ll be a lot more efficient for everyone if we put them into a single, multiple-award contract.”

Thomas Gillespie will be featured as a keynote speaker for the Potomac Officers Club’s 5th Annual Defense Research and Development Summit on January 15th. During the event at the Hyatt Regency in McLean, Va., the discussion will focus on defense R&D plans, priorities, challenges and how the industry is working to make changes and reach other significant milestones.

 

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