Tradewind, in collaboration with the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), is pleased to announce a project award under the Tradewind Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement to Quantum Research International of Huntsville, AL to perform the Collecting, Securing, and Monitoring the Autonomous & Artificial Intelligence Test (AAIT) & Evaluation Data at the Tactical Edge – Testbed (CATE-T) project (TW-21-0007) for the Test Resource Management Center of the U.S. Department of Defense.

The CATE-T Prototype was originally planned for execution under the ARCNET Program, however, the ARCNET program was cancelled requiring all essential program efforts to be transferred on to other acquisition vehicles. The ARCNET program established this program as a Cooperative Agreement (CA). The Tradewind OTA was developed to accelerate the development of AI/ML products to field application. The CATE-T program directly supports the implementation of AI/ML by providing a venue for the Test and Evaluation (T&E) and Verification and Validation (V&V) for algorithm development through the utilization of DEVSECOPS and system integration activities to responsible AI/ML programs and products. To accommodate the acquisition of this capability through the Tradewind program, it was required that the original CA be converted to an OTA. This has been accomplished and the resultant agreement is consistent with the requirements of the Tradewind OTA.

The project scope includes the building and monitoring a secure enterprise data repository on the cloud consisting of contextually rich, curated, militarily significant data to support training, validation, and testing of autonomous and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for the DoD’s AAI T&E DevSecOps data scientists, and software developers.

The resulting contextually rich data are intended to provide the department’s AAI software development community the data necessary to support their AI algorithm training, testing and validation, adherent to the 80/10/10 rule within a protected and monitored cyber cloud environment. TRMC envisions a next generation, secure cloud-based enterprise System called “Test & Evaluation as a System” (T&EaaS). T&EaaS supports and accelerates the rapid testing of Autonomous and AI technologies across the department. A significant component of T&EaaS consists of cybersecurity and data management support that can support AAI Modeling & Simulation, and Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) ranges and experiments.

Congratulations to Quantum Research International!