Technical Exchange Meetings (TEMs)

What's a Technical Exchange Meeting (TEM)?

The Technical Exchange Meeting (TEM) is a bi-weekly event established and hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate and DOD Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO) as a means to collaborate with commercial entities, non-profit organizations, and academia.

TEMs offer a platform for organizations to present technological advancements and innovations.

The primary interest areas for TEMs include: Browser Isolation, Mobile/Desktop Convergence, Automation, Distributed Ledgers, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML & AI), Development, Security and Operations (DevSecOps), Zero Trust, Security, Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR), Wireless Transport, Assured Identity and 5th Generation Wireless (5G).

IMPORTANT

  • TEMs do not serve as a marketing venue or request for proposal actions.
  • TEMs shall not be interpreted as a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation or ultimately award a contract.
  • Presentations will not be considered as proposals nor will any awards be made as a result of a TEM session.

For more information regarding the TEM, contact the TEM Program Management Office: disa.meade.em.mbx.innovation@mail.mil or visit our community within the Defense Innovation Network: https://innovatedefense.net/disa

Who attends?

Government participants from across federal agencies are invited to TEMs, including but not limited to:

  • Office of Secretary of Defense
  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Marine Corps
  • DOD Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO)
  • DISA Directorates
  • Communications Electronics Command (CECOM)
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • Defense Media Activity (DMA)
  • Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
  • White House Communications Agency (WHCA)
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  • Joint Interoperability Testing Command (JITC)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Department of State

When are they held?

  • TEMs are typically conducted bi-weekly on Tuesdays and broadcast through an approved collaboration service such as DoD Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) to allow participation by government personnel at remote locations.
  • Due to COVID-19, in-person TEMs are limited and held in a commercial office location in Columbia, MD.
  • The TEM sessions typically last 1.5 hours.

How do Vendors request to participate in a TEM session?

  • Request to participate here or send questions to the following e-mail: disa.meade.em.mbx.innovation@mail.mil
  • TEM requests must include the following information:
    • Organization name
    • Organization point-of-contact information (i.e., name, phone number, E-mail address, etc.)
    • Name and description of the technology/innovation that will be presented and discussed at the TEM session.
    • Answers to the following Heilmeier questions regarding the technology/innovation:
      • What are you trying to do?
      • How is it done today?
      • What's new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
      • Who cares?
      • If you're successful, what difference will it make?
      • What are the risks and the payoffs?
      • How much will it cost?
      • How long will it take?
      • What are the midterm and final "exams" to check for success?

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