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Core Analysis Task (CAT)

Core Analysis Task (CAT) Program

Challenging technical problems that are beyond the scope of a basic inquiry (i.e., require more than 4 hours of research) can be solved by initiating a Core Analysis Task (CAT). CATs are separately funded work efforts over and above basic HDIAC products and services. Through the CAT program, the HDIAC can be utilized as a contracting vehicle, enabling the DoD to obtain specialized support for specific projects. These projects, however, must be within the HDIAC’s technical domain (Alternative Energy, Biometrics, CBRN [Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear] Defense, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cultural Studies, Homeland Defense and Security, Medical, and Weapons of Mass Destruction).

Some of the advantages of the IAC CAT Program include:

  • Minimal Start-Work Delay – Not only does the HDIAC provide DoD and other agencies with a contract vehicle, but it is also a pre-competed single award CPFF IDIQ. Work can begin on a project in as little as 4-6 weeks after the order is placed.
  • Expansive Technical Domain – the HDIAC’s broad scope (Alternative Energy, Biometrics, CBRN Defense, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cultural Studies, Homeland Defense and Security, Medical, and Weapons of Mass Destruction) provides numerous resources for potential projects, and is especially valuable for efforts that cross multiple domains.
  • SME Network – The HDIAC is able to leverage reach-back support from its expansive SME Network, including technical experts from the HDIAC staff, team members, or the greater community, to complete CATs and other projects.
  • STI Repositories – As a consolidation of three predecessor IACs, the HDIAC has a wealth of data and information to support the completion of CATs.
  • Apply the Latest Findings – Draw from the most recent studies performed for agencies across the DoD, as the results from all HDIAC CATs and SNIM Technical Area Tasks (TATs) are collected, stored and used to support future efforts by the HDIAC.

How to Get Started

If you have a mission for HDIAC, the first step is to contact us. As with any inquiry, the first four hours are free to the customer. If the scope of the mission requires a CAT, a Q&A between the HDIAC and the Requesting Agency can be initiated. The HDIAC can then begin to assist the customer with the development of a Statement of Work (SOW). Once the customer and the HDIAC have agreed on the SOW, it must be approved by the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), the IAC Program Management Office and the Contracting Officer to ensure it meets the scope and constraints of the IAC contract.

Based on the SOW requirements, the HDIAC will prepare a technical and cost proposal which is subject to approval by the customer and the contracting officer. CATs are very flexible, but are limited to a 12 month period of performance and a maximum budget of $500K per project. Tasks may be ordered by any DoD component. Subject to appropriate agreement, U.S. Government Agencies and Departments may also order CATs.

A full description of the IAC CAT program, including the standard operating procedure (SOP) for ordering tasks, can be found at the DTIC Website.

Mission Success Stories

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) website also archives success stories from the various projects performed by the Information Analysis Centers (IACs). This site provides excellent examples of how the IACs provide service to the Department of Defense. Click here to preview.

For more information, download the CAT Brochure.