About Tradewinds

Tradewinds is the Department of Defense's framework for sourcing, funding, and developing solutions to challenges in the artificial intelligence/machine learning, digital, and data analytics space.

What is Tradewinds?

Tradewinds is a suite of services designed to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence/machine learning, digital, and data analytics solutions throughout the Department of Defense. A core pillar of Tradewinds is the Tradewinds Ecosystem where industry, academia, and other innovators can connect the Government, and identify contracting opportunities.

In November 2022, Tradewinds launched the Tradewinds Solutions Marketplace, a ground-breaking digital repository of post-competition, readily-awardable pitch videos, which address the Government’s greatest challenges in the AI/ML, digital, and data analytics space. AI.

How We Operate


A managed service/program that interfaces with the Department of Defense to understand AI needs, problems, and challenges that have the potential to be solved by AI.


A $4 billion Other Transactional Agreement (OTA) funding vehicle that allows DoD to simply and accelerate the acquisition and transition of AI capabilities to meet challenges and objectives.


An online marketplace that allows CDAO to broadcast and manage AI opportunities to industry and interface with an ecosystem of partners and companies that can delivery AI technologies and capability.


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