Responses Due By
2023-06-11 23:59:59 US/Eastern Time
2023-06-11 23:59:59 US/Eastern Time
The increasing volume, velocity, and variety of publicly and commercially available information challenge the military’s ability to track and make sense of the information environment. Foreign disinformation and influence campaigns are used to undermine American security. In the past four years, there has been a significant proliferation of tactics and the development of new, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled techniques (e.g., synthetic media and DeepFakes created through generative AI). Given this new reality, improved tools are needed to provide situational awareness of prevailing narratives in the age of generative AI.
A key problem is the intense human labor and expertise required to monitor publicly available information across many languages, media types, and diverse cultural geographies while simultaneously aggregating this information that improves both understanding and operational effectiveness in the information environment.
Specific challenges include:
The Department of Defense (DoD) seeks solutions that will provide significant advantages to personnel conducting operations in the information environment. The prototype should leverage some combination of large language models (LLMs), foundation models, and/or generative AI to advance some or all of the following operational needs and technical gaps (any one vendor need not address more than one area to be considered part of a potential solution):
The solution may leverage and collaborate with tools already in the DoD inventory and should be compatible with Command and Control of the Information Environment (C2IE) tool.
To demonstrate these capabilities vendors will either need to bring their own data feeds, partner with data providers or potentially use government data. Analytics vendors do not need to bring data feeds, nor do data providers need to bring analytic tools, however they should be interoperable.
Vendors should present flexible solutions that are not wholly dependent on a specific generative model, model provider, vendor or model architecture. The government should have the ability to update and/or change models if desired. Additionally, vendors must be prepared to disclose, but not necessarily share, the datasets which were used to train any model(s) included in the solution.
All projects will be expected to comply with DIU’s Responsible AI Guidelines. Companies are encouraged to read the guidelines and to develop a plan for implementation, which may be presented as part of the submission. Particularly relevant issues for the use of large language models in this project include:
Vendors should consider how they would address these issues in the context of this project from the outset.
This Area of Interest solicitation will be awarded in accordance with the Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) process detailed within HQ0845-19-S-C001 (DIU CSO), posted to FBO in Apr 2019. Additionally this document can be found within the DIU Library at www.diu.mil/library.
Companies are advised that any prototype Other Transaction (OT) agreement awarded in response to this Area of Interest may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of further competitive procedures. The follow-on production contract or transaction will be available for use by one or more organizations in the Department of Defense and, as a result, the magnitude of the follow-on production contract or agreement could be significantly larger than that of the prototype OT. As such, any prototype OT will include the following statement relative to the potential for follow-on production: "In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2371b(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project for this transaction has been successfully completed, this competitively awarded prototype OTA may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.”
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Companies are advised that any Prototype Other Transaction (OT) agreement awarded in response to this solicitation may result in the direct award of a follow-on production contract or agreement without the use of further competitive procedures. Follow-on production activities will result from successful prototype completion.
The follow-on production contract or agreement will be available for use by one or more organizations within the Department of Defense. As a result, the magnitude of the follow-on production contract or agreement could be significantly larger than that of the Prototype OT agreement. All Prototype OT agreements will include the following statement relative to the potential for follow-on production: “In accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 4022(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project for this transaction has successfully been completed, this competitively awarded Prototype OT agreement may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.”
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