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Category: Doing Business with DOD
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The Defense Innovation Unit, or DIU, works across the Department of Defense to identify and understand critical national security challenges that can be solved with leading-edge commercial technology within 12 to 24 months. Through its Commercial Solutions Opening process, DIU competitively solicits proposals for innovative solutions that meet the needs of DOD. DIU leverages Other Transaction Authority (10 U.S.C. § 2371b(f)) to award prototype agreements in as few as 60-90 days. More importantly, after a successful prototype, the company involved and any DOD entity can enter into a follow-on production contract or agreement just as easily.

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There are offices within the Department of Defense that can evaluate your invention or idea and offer guidance on submitting your proposal. Each DOD office and military department is responsible for soliciting and evaluating proposals in areas important to its particular defense mission.

To assist you, we have listed mailing addresses and websites of offices where information may be obtained.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research
875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 325
Arlington, VA  22203

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 
675 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA  22203-2114

Department of the Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attention: CERD-ZB
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC  20314-1000

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There are a number of resources that can help you learn how to do business with the Department of Defense. A good place to start is the DOD Office of Small Business Programs.

The General Services Administration operates the System for Award Management (SAM) which posts contract opportunities and procurement notices from Federal contracting offices. Anyone interested in doing business with the government can use this system to search for opportunities. Opportunities include pre-solicitation notices, solicitation notices, award notices, and sole source notices. SAM is an official website of the U.S. Government. There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for FREE to:


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