As the Department’s focus has shifted to address asymmetric threats, DoD scientists and engineers simply do not have the time to sift through mountains of data to uncover essential information to address emerging requirements. This situation underscores the value of and necessity for organizations that provide analysis, synthesis, and dissemination of relevant, timely knowledge and information. The Information Analysis Center Program is just such a resource.
IACs provide tactical relevance through direct connection to the Warfighter, and strategic value through long term trend analysis and recommendations. They answer an immediate need, driven by the requirements of the Warfighter and acquisition community. Products such as State-of-the-Art Reports provide a detailed analysis of immediate, critical challenges, while technical inquiry services offer a direct connection to a vast network of Subject Matter Experts from across government, industry and academia. IACs meet the customer on their ground, maintaining involvement in technical communities and working with senior executives to solve the challenges of the day, while anticipating and preparing for those of tomorrow.
In a time of shrinking budgets and increasing responsibility, IACs are a valuable resource for accessing evaluated Scientific and Technical Information culled from efforts to solve new and historic challenges. Through the IACs, research data is collected, reused to answer recurring challenges, and analyzed to identify long term trends and provide recommendations to the acquisition community.