We’re contracting with companies offering solutions in a variety of areas – from autonomy and AI to human systems, cyber, and space.

Solutions - Portfolio

We Work with Top Companies to Solve Today’s National Security Problems.

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Leveraging advancements in the commercial sector to strengthen resilience on military installations and enhance operational energy capabilities.

Lines of Effort:
  • Installation Resilience Optimizing energy generation, storage and delivery to ensure installation infrastructure is smart, secure, and efficient

  • Operational Energy Enhancing the range, duration and efficiency of military platforms to optimize performance in contested environments and extreme conditions. 


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Artificial Intelligence

Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to accelerate critical decision making and operational impact

Lines of Effort:
  • Machine Learning Predictions Whether it is understanding 3 or 30 years of historical data or tracking real-time performance from millions of sensors across an electrical grid, AI powers mission readiness and reduces costs. However, with data-enabled trending and predictions not only can things be fixed before they break, so can people.

  • Big Data Analysis The sheer amount of data that is generated from sensors on a daily basis makes human processing and analysis impossible, let alone identifying the critical signal amidst the noise. Our portfolio is tapping into commercial big data analysis capabilities to understand adversarial positioning.

  • AI Enhanced Decision Making Managing disparate data feeds from various sensors slows our ability to provide decision options at speed. Harnessing commercial capabilities such as financial modeling and insurance risk projections can inform target identification, tracking classification, real-time threat assessment, mission maps, and post-disaster damage assessments.

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Adopting and countering autonomous systems with a focus on human-machine interaction and scalable teaming

Lines Of Effort:
  • Maritime Autonomy The collection of maritime surface and subsurface data is often expensive and dangerous. DIU’s maritime autonomy efforts act as a force multiplier by fielding faster, cheaper, and more effective autonomous, unmanned, or remotely operated vehicles that remove divers from minefields and displace manned vessels from hazardous waters.

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems The DoD’s current UAS inventory does not provide adequate, tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance options for small units. U.S. Service members don’t have the ability to employ small UAS (sUAS) for tactical applications while our adversaries are free to employ cheap but effective consumer drones. DIU is working with the commercial UAS industry to field new systems that enhance our military’s UAS capabilities through its Blue UAS effort.

  • Counter-UAS Small UAS pose unique threats to DoD and other government agencies. These drones are typically inexpensive and easy to use. They can serve as effective out-of-the-box intelligence collection platforms and can be weaponized. DIU is engaged in a number of projects that deliver low-cost detect and defeat solutions for both mobile and fixed site security.

  • Ground Autonomy Our ground autonomy efforts are primarily focused on fielding additive manufacturing capabilities and unmanned ground vehicles. Ongoing projects aim to reduce the costs of DoD infrastructure construction both domestically and in expeditionary missions.

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Making enterprise combat information open, accessible, and secure for defense personnel across the globe

Lines Of Effort:
  • Assess Threats Identify and assess cyber threats to help secure DoD systems, enhance situational awareness, and better understand adversaries.

  • Secure Develop secure systems to ensure the DoD can continue operations in the face of disruptive or destructive cyber attacks.

  • Defend Defend DoD systems from cyber attacks that attempt to adversely affect the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of these systems.

  • Enable Field capabilities that enable the DoD to attack and exploit the weaknesses of an adversary’s military and related networks.

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Human Systems

Optimizing the human system and its enabling platforms through enhanced equipment, innovative training, and novel health applications

Lines Of Effort:
  • Lethality Optimizing current capabilities and introducing new technology to continuously improve the warfighters ability to shoot, move, and communicate.

  • Survivability Leveraging biotechnology and biomedical applications to enhance warfighter performance, recovery, and detection capabilities.

  • Readiness Introducing technology that advances warfighter training, personnel management, and testing capabilities to enhance force readiness.

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Developing on-demand access to space, persistent satellite capabilities, and broadband space data transfer

Lines Of Effort:
  • Peacetime Indications & Warnings Improve situational awareness and support decision makers by leveraging small, low-cost imaging satellites with a range of sensing modalities to build our capacity and broaden our focus for pattern-of-life analysis.

  • Responsive Access to Mission-Designated Orbits Adopt commercial launch-as-a-service to improve flexibility to launch various payloads from air, land or sea; enable precision delivery of payloads to prescribed orbits with minimal delay; and increase launch cadence and capacity to ensure responsive access to space.

  • Reduced Latency Communications & GPS Resiliency Provide a scalable means to meet the future needs of DoD satellite control networks and enable Service members to navigate on the ground through GPS denied and/or degraded signal environments.

  • Hardware-to-Software Transformation Modernization Modernize critical legacy hardware systems using new, adaptable approaches, such as software-defined systems, that extend the life of hardware, improve capabilities, and eliminate the challenge of parts obsolescence.

  • Multi-Orbit Operations & Logistics Provide low-cost, responsive access to exotic orbits as well as new nodes for logistics and in-space developmental tests.