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The ecosystem engages AI innovators in industry, academia, nonprofits, and government. Using agile methodologies the CDAO team quickly homes in on what works and what doesn’t and adjusts. Our goal is to award prototype agreements in 30 to 60 days or less so the DoD can quickly,repeatedly, and ethically put AI technologiesinto use.

The Pentagon’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) is preparing to launch a new one-stop online “marketplace” to solicit, evaluate and curate technologies specifically associated with AI, machine learning, data and analytics — and also enable Defense Department components to rapidly buy those digital capabilities, according to a recently published special notice. 

Acknowledging the typical burden of DOD’s standard acquisition regulations and culture, Tradewind provides a collaborative platform among industry, academia and government to quickly acquire AI solutions to potentially meet DOD needs and challenges. According to the site’s announcement, “The ultimate goal is to achieve rapid procurement (30-90 days) and successful delivery (using modern software acquisition strategies).”

The Department of Defense is introducing a new approach for its Tradewind Initiative that it’s using to pursue new artificial intelligence capabilities, FedScoop has learned. FedScoop confirmed this week that the Pentagon’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) recently updated its website, and is now trying it out as a one-stop-shop to announce new AI-aligned challenge competitions and opportunities supporting DOD components.

Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office spokesperson Kathleen Clark said the website, a marketplace for finding, funding, and developing AI technologies, will be used to launch new AI-aligned challenge competitions and opportunities in support of DOD components, saying time-based events and near real-time awards are new to the organization, FedScoop reported.

The Defense Department recently brought the chief data and artificial intelligence office into full operating capability. It'll focus on advanced technologies and working fast. Not just the technologies need to move fast. Acquisition and contracting also have to keep pace with the office’s needs. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked about this with with procurement analyst Bonnie Evangelista, and contracting chief Kathrine Crompton.

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