JAIC Announces Selection of 79 Vendors for AI Test & Evaluation BPA

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center has announced that U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded 79 companies spots on a blanket purchase agreement to provide test and evaluation capabilities to support the development of ethical and responsible AI systems across the Department of Defense.

The BPA awarded on behalf of JAIC will establish test and evaluation standards, performance metrics, evaluation criteria and best practices to facilitate automated testing of AI-enabled platforms, the center said Thursday in a LinkedIn post.

Thirty-five large companies and 44 small businesses secured positions on the BPA, which comes with an intellectual property matrix to assist Pentagon partners in drafting requirements for existing and future projects.

JAIC said the BPA will also back the Joint Common Foundation as the main platform for tailored testing and evaluation, metrics identification and organization of validation and training data.

According to the post, there are several capability categories for the T&E BPA and these include dataset development and curation; test planning; project management; testing services; and model output analysis.

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