Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) - Small Business Contracting Information

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) 

Doing Business with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) -
Small business contracting assistance and new business opportunities with DISA and DoD information technology programs nationwide. Subcontracting opportunities with prime contractors working on DISA projects. List of the types of equipment, software, peripherals, and information technologies routinely procured by DISA to support global cyber operations.  


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The Defense Information Systems Agency is the Department of Defense's (DoD) designated information technology combat support agency.  DISA's headquarters is located at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. DISA's  +8,000 member global organization provides and maintains command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) to the military services and to the joint and unified combatant commands.  DISA provides enterprise services and requested data to the users' point of need.  DISA is also DoD's joint operational agency for defensive cyberspace operations.

To accomplish its mission, DISA annual operating budget and contracts with private industry exceed $10 billion.  The business opportunities with DISA are vast across the entire spectrum of information technologies to include hardware, software, support services, and research / development.  DISA places priority on providing rapid information systems innovation by leveraging commercial services and products available from private industry.  Normally, about 95% of DISA's total contractual actions are for information technology related services.  

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) - Technology Priorities for Contracting with Private Industry 

  • Networking technologies: DISA seeks to improve the performance, reliability, adaptability, and security of DoD networks.  The goal is to collapse DoD’s current multiple encrypted network enclaves (e.g., NIPRNET, SIPRNET, Coalition, etc.) into a single, integrated transport network. 
  • Computing and storage technologies:  DISA seeks to transform DoD's current fixed, redundant computing and storage solutions into an elastic data environment. The goal is to provide a flexible, inter-operable, and transient computing and storage capacity.  
  • Unified capability technologies: DISA is working to improve DoD's productivity by strengthening and promoting information sharing.  Through information sharing, DISA will promote and enhance the teamwork of DoD's warfighters and support  personnel.  
  • Mobility device and application technologies:  DISA seeks to modernize and evolve the DoD systems enterprise so that all DoD personnel can freely work via any device in a secure environment regardless of location or network. 
  • Cybersecurity technologies: a priority of DISA is to strengthen the resiliency of DoD's defensive,in-depth cybersecurity.  Doing this will require a systems architecture and infrastructure that can absorb major cyber / physical attacks without any significant disruption to DoD operations.   
  • Network operations technologies: DISA seeks to protect the continuity of cyber domain operations even in the event of disruption and attack.  DISA also seeks to mitigate the impact of cyber threats to DoD operations. 
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Small Business Opportunities with the DISA 
Purchasing telecommunications and information technology products and services for DoD is a major activity for DISA.  For contracts and procurements falling with the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) "$150,000", the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will normally set-aside for small business concerns.  

DISA has two ways for small businesses to engage in contracting with the government. The first method is via small business set-aside contracts awarded directly to small business concerns.  The second is via subcontracting with prime government contractors. Note: DoD requires large businesses receiving contracts valued over $650,000 ($1.5M in construction) to subcontract with small, small disadvantaged, HUBzone, veteran-owned, woman-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. This DoD requirement yields significant subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.  

DISA Small Business Office Phone: (301) 225-6003

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