IWTSD Innovation

Welcome to the IWTSD Innovation Showcase, formerly the CTTSO Showcase. Here, Solvers are provided with the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for the unique challenges facing IWTSD in achieving its mission to deliver capabilities to combat terrorism and irregular adversaries to Department of Defense components and interagency partners.

The mission of the IWTSD is to identify and develop capabilities for DoD to conduct Irregular Warfare against all adversaries, including Great Power competitors and non-state actors, and to deliver those capabilities to DoD components and interagency partners through rapid research and development, advanced studies and technical innovation, and provision of support to U.S. military operations.

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The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD(SO/LIC)) established Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) in 1999 to consolidate its research and development programs. The Acting Secretary of Defense on November 18, 2020, authorized the ASD (SO/LIC) to transform the CTTSO to the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD).

The IWTSD business model identifies and prioritizes requirements of the national interagency community including defense as well as international partners through rapid research, development, testing, and evaluation while providing operational support for demonstration and field testing of irregular warfare solutions. This process prioritizes user requirements and program budgets, employs flexible contracting strategies, and leverages funding resources from partnering agencies to enable effective project selection with the best solution for the resources available.

Here's how the Challenge process works:


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Read the description of the Open Challenges in the Challenge Center and accept the Challenge Specific Agreement


Upload proposed solution(s) you have developed for a specific Challenge


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