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 IACs are 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-ofthe-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 (SMEs) from across government, industry, and academia. IACs maintain involvement in technical communities and work with senior executives to solve the challenges of the day, while anticipating and preparing for those of tomorrow.