VIVID Framework

The ISC’s VIVID Framework was first introduced on October 29, 2012 as part of an ISC White Paper, “Disruptive Ideas to Bring Innovation to Government,” presented to the National Commission for Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community.

The VIVID (Virtually-Innovate-Vet-Incubate-Deliver) Framework is focused on engaging and invigorating small businesses and helping them bring their innovative ideas and solutions to government and industry.

VIVID Framework

This framework is designed to provide a 4-step approach to address “Hard-to-Solve Problems” by:

A. Identifying innovative breakthroughs developed by industry, academic institutions, or government laboratories

B. Vetting proposed alternatives and select the optimum solutions to the hard-to-solve problems

C. Incubating teamwork and multi-organization partnerships to develop and test proposed prototype solutions

D. Delivering effective prototype solutions that effectively satisfy mission challenges

The VIVID Framework was proposed to unearth and nurture innovative ways to give our national security agencies the technological edge they need to stay ahead of our adversaries. However, this approach is a proven, highly-effective way to introduce innovation into any organization. Governments at all levels (national, state, and local), as well as commercial organizations, can benefit by applying these innovative processes.

Innovation in Government is an urgent national priority. Unfortunately, bureaucratic complexities and time-consuming acquisition processes stifle innovation. By the time an acquisition is completed and work can finally begin, many of the planned technologies have been superseded by more advanced solutions.

Finding #6 in the April 2012 Defense Business Board Report to the Secretary of Defense specifically addressed this underlying problem.

  • “With the ever accelerating advance of technologies and the rapidly developing cyber threats to those technologies, Cyber mission operations and IT modernization cannot keep pace using the current military requirements/DoD acquisition system.”
  • “Cyber mission operations do not equal IT.”
  • “Cyber operations ride the IT infrastructure like any other mission. Additionally, Cyber operations code is dissimilar to most computer applications normally created to perform a function.”

In addition, a statement by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta highlights the seriousness of the challenge:

“I think the capabilities are available in cyber to virtually cripple this Nation, to bring down
the power grid system, to impact on our governmental systems, to impact on Wall Street on
our financial systems, and literally to paralyze this county. The one thing that I worry about
the most right now is knowing that this is possible, and feeling we have not taken all
necessary steps to protect this country from that possibility.”

The Innovative Solutions Consortium is committed to helping the government acquire, evaluate and adopt truly innovative solutions. Unfortunately, government acquisition processes impose many obstacles that discourage or prevent small organizations from providing their innovative solutions to the government. Small businesses often find greater rewards and more supportive customers in the commercial sector. The ISC is working hard to break through these acquisition barriers, but can also help innovative organizations find more receptive commercial customers.