On behalf of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, U.S. Army Contracting Command has awarded The Data Readiness for Artificial Intelligence Development (DRAID) basic ordering agreements (BOAs) to establish a decentralized vehicle that streamlines rapid procurement and agile delivery of AI data readiness capabilities for the #DoD!

The streamlined methodologies implemented during the creation of this acquisition strategy will benefit both our industry and government partners, with the goal of increasing competition and flexibility on ceilings for each task order.

The successful use of AI depends critically on the availability of quality data that can be used to build reliable AI-enabled systems. The DRAID vehicle will address the entire data lifecycle, beginning from the collection, through pre-processing, up to before AI system creation. It will also support AI-specific requirements, including unique challenges in operationalizing data for AI. DRAID is also customizable; it enables the selection of a custom subset of AI data readiness services to meet individual needs.

DRAID will be accessible to the DoD and provides an Intellectual Property Flowchart that helps DoD partners draft requirement packages. Additional tools, features, and information will be added to help facilitate the DoD’s ability to deliver rapid and agile AI technologies. At this time, no funds have been obligated at the base level, and the government plans to compete all awards at the task order level. The ceiling for this vehicle is set at $241,629,126.

The JAIC is focused on attracting and cultivating mission-driven, world class AI talent to rise to the challenge of harnessing AI to advance America’s security and prosperity. Across the DoD, JAIC personnel are driving exciting change at the intersection of AI, large scale data systems, and some of the most important missions of our time. The JAIC uses AI to improve support for and protection of U.S. service members. By doing so, the JAIC helps safeguard American citizens, support our allies and partners, and improve the affordability and effectiveness of military operations.

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