DISA Call for White Papers

Overview

Technologies, and technology-based companies, advance so rapidly that the Department of Defense is finding it difficult to contractually engage, collaborate, and do business with high-tech companies. The traditional procurement process is too slow and based on regulations rather than negotiations. The Government's cost-based pricing system is cumbersome and expensive requiring unique accounting and auditing systems. The Government's standard approach to intellectual property can be overreaching and inflexible. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is responding to this by exercising its authority under 10 U.S.C. 2371b, Other Transaction Agreements for Prototypes. DISA will periodically post Requests for White Papers inviting companies leading innovation to submit their solutions to the Agency's capability gaps, problem statements, or areas of interest.


Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure

Due Date: 16 September 2022, 9 AM CST

Project Number: DISA-OTA-22-9-QRC

Amendment One: The purpose of Amendment One (0001) is for the following purpose:

  1. Provide additional information in Section 3.4.1, “Technical”.
  2. All changes are highlighted in yellow.
  3. All other terms and conditions of the RWP remain unchanged.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate through the DISA Procurement Services Directorate (PSD) is seeking White Papers from our industry partners on a proposed solution for quantum resistant cryptography public key infrastructure.

PURPOSE

Due to growing concerns related to quantum computers, DISA has begun to investigate quantum-resistant or quantum-safe cryptography algorithms. The goal of this research is to evaluate and test cryptographic algorithms that would secure DoD Information Technology (IT) systems against attacks from both quantum and classical computers. This prototype effort will utilize candidate algorithms that have been identified by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) and have been selected for standardization, with potential to add additional algorithms within the prototype period of performance, (See https://csrc.nist.gov/News/2022/pqc-candidates-to-be-standardized-and-round-4).

These algorithms will inform NIST's research on the PQC project as well as allow the DoD to test how to best integrate these algorithms throughout the DoD enterprise.

This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to conduct research, development, and testing activities associated with Quantum Resistant Cryptography or Post Quantum Cryptography algorithms.

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers – Amendment 0001 [PDF]
Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers [PDF]


Innovation Challenge: How Can the Department of Defense Better Contract with Industry for Software Development Solutions?

Due Date: 15 August 2022 1600 CDT

Project Number: DISA-22-RFI-Innovation Challenge

Amendment One: The purpose of Amendment One is to provide responses to questions received in accordance with this RFI.

BACKGROUND

DoD has made a strong pivot over the last few years to transition to modern software development practices of Agile, Lean, and DevSecOps. These are now the default approaches to develop software in the DoD, as driven by software modernization strategies, acquisition and CIO leadership direction, statute, and policy. The Software Acquisition Pathway, governed by DoDI 5000.87, enables the DoD to acquire custom software capabilities under the Adaptive Acquisition Framework.

The DoD is also moving to better leverage "software factory" enterprise platforms and services allowing programs to focus on key functionality instead of duplicating the full tech stack. This requires transforming many of the DoD's processes, policies, and culture to embrace the new paradigm. As industry has led the way, the DoD wants to learn how we can effectively transform our contracting strategies and vehicles to adopt these software practices and grow our National Security Innovation Base.

Feedback gained through this Innovation Challenge RFI will be considered by the Department for developing contracting guidance and shaping key future software acquisitions.

Innovation Challenge RFI – Amendment 0001 [PDF]
Innovation Challenge RFI (DISA-22-RFI-InnovationChallenge) [PDF]

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About DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency, known as the Defense Communications Agency until 1991, is a United States Department of Defense combat support agency composed of military, federal civilians, and contractors. DISA's mission is to conduct DODIN operations for the joint warfighter to enable lethality across all warfighting domains in defense of our Nation. DISA is the trusted provider to connect and protect the warfighter in cyberspace. Visit https://www.disa.mil to learn more.

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