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Pentagon Seeks Proposals for AI Talent 2.0 Procurement Vehicle

The Department of Defense has issued a request for proposals for a potential $249 million program to provide staffing support for DOD’s artificial intelligence initiatives.

The Pentagon’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office and Army Contracting Command-Rock Island plan to award 10 basic ordering agreements under the AI Talent 2.0 program, according to a solicitation notice published Tuesday.

The notice states AIT 2.0 will be a decentralized vehicle.

DOD will review each BOA on an annual basis with plans to perform on-ramps to add additional vendors. Task orders that will be issued from resulting BOAs will be set aside for small businesses.

Contractors will provide AI-related program and technical management support and work products to DOD agencies under the requirement.

Technical management support includes Agile development, cyber analytics, cybersecurity, systems engineering, machine learning model development, ML operations and applied data science and testing.

Program management covers administration and operations, logistics, graphics, project management and training.

In 2020, DOD awarded five companies blanket purchase agreements for AI talent support services.

In October, the Pentagon started soliciting information on potential industry sources that could provide staffing services for its AI, ML and data science initiatives. CDAO found that the labor pool established through the initial AIT contract does not offer enough scope to support the department’s AI activities.

Responses are due Jan. 20.

Now is the time to reserve your seat at the Potomac Officers Club’s 4th Annual 2023 Artificial Intelligence Summit, where DOD and GovCon leaders will share insight into recent AI advancements as well as outlook on cutting-edge development approaches for 2023 and beyond.

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