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CHIPS Articles: DISA Systems Engineering, Technology, Innovation contract now available

DISA Systems Engineering, Technology, Innovation contract now available
By Alexandra Snyder, DISA Strategic Communication and Public Affairs - July 28, 2020
DISA’s Systems Engineering, Technology and Innovation contract is now available for use by DISA and other Department of Defense agencies.

SETI, a multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract consisting of Full & Open and Small Business Suites, is designed for the development of innovative solutions to new, unique or complex problems in IT mission areas, and offers engineering solutions to existing complex capability gaps.

“SETI is a flagship contract for DISA, available for use across DoD, to deliver innovative, cutting-edge technologies to our warfighters in a timely manner through flexible acquisition methodologies,” explained Douglas Packard, the agency’s Procurement Services executive. “DoD officials have lauded the new and unique approach of SETI to incorporate innovation thematically into the requirements development and evaluations processes.”

In total, 37 innovative companies were awarded contracts, with 14 awards in the Full & Open Suite and 23 awards in the Small Business Suite.

Contracting activities across DoD may utilize this contract themselves, or they may leverage the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization to fulfill their requirements.

“The SETI contract truly demonstrates that innovation is more than a buzzword and that it can be realized in the DoD environment,” said Carlen Capenos, chief, Office Of Small Business Programs. “Innovation is the primary focus of the SETI contract, and it was interwoven into every aspect of the acquisition process. The SETI contract strives to eliminate traditional barriers to competition that have traditionally impacted small businesses at a disproportionate level, such as facility clearance and cost accounting system requirements, to encourage growth and true innovation.”

SETI is designed for current and future mission requirements, next-generation technological advancements and disruptive innovation that looks to create paradigm shifts in the ways warfighters interact with DoD's information technology, said Chris Riley, DISA’s SETI program manager.

Key task areas that SETI encompasses are:

  • Systems engineering.
  • Design analysis engineering.
  • System architecture.
  • Software systems design and development.
  • Systems integration.
  • Systems test and evaluation.
  • System deployment and lifecycle engineering.
  • Special systems engineering requirements, i.e., network, satellite, spectrum, cybersecurity, cloud, mobility, cognitive engineering and emerging technologies.

“SETI has a focused scope to provide new, non-commodity and innovative IT engineering solutions, embracing cutting-edge technologies and methodologies for our mission partners,” said Riley.

To learn more about SETI, check out the program fact sheet.

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