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DoD Memo "Department of Defense Software Lifecycle Maintenance" Released

July 9, 2020

The Department of Defense Software Lifecycle Maintenance Memorandum, released 14 May 2020 by the DoD Chief Information Officer, covers current critical Cybersecurity vulnerability concerns associated with installed commercial software on Government Information Systems and servers not being properly maintained or supported. It gives guidance on how DoD Components, to include owners of Programs of Record and Weapon Systems, must mitigate this and provides attached Vendor Software Lifecycle Maintenance Schedules, Support Policies, Lifecycle Changes, and other resources for various softwares. 

Open JDK Solutions Offered Through DoD ESI/NASA SEWP Partnership

May 22, 2020

For those seeking software solutions and maintenance for Open Java Development Kit (Open JDK), DoD ESI has partnered with NASA SEWP V to provide offerings from Azul and Red Hat. This partnership was created to reduce administrative costs associated with acquiring open market software and services. Both OEMs offer new software products, subscriptions, maintenance, support, and services.

Azul specializes in delivering server-based Java applications for web-facing customers, meeting specific latency targets for real-time business systems, ensuring timely security updates for the Java estate, and delivering Java-based solutions for ISV, OEM, and other embedded use cases. This OEM is exclusively focused on Java and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and builds fully supported, certified standards-compliant Java runtime solutions for the Enterprise, Cloud, and embedded Internet of Things (IoT) environments. To read more about the Azul agreement, click here.

Red Hat develops runtime platforms for executing Java-based applications, and its Open JDK build is based on the Open JDK 8u and 11u projects. It provides Server and Workstation Software subscriptions, maintenance, consultation, and support. For more information regarding the Red Hat agreement, click here.

CAD/CAM Category-Based BPAs Awarded

September 16, 2019

DoD ESI is pleased to announce that Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Modeling, Simulation & Engineering Software and Solutions BPAs are now available to all Department of Defense organizations. These are ten-year agreements with a period of performance from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2029.

Blanket Purchase Agreements were awarded to Adacel Inc., DLT Solutions LLC (Autodesk), Carahsoft Technology Inc. (Trimble), Immix Technology (PTC) and Simigon Inc. under the DoD ESI for CAD/CAM products. Products include software licenses, software maintenance support, subscriptions, and information technology professional services. For more information on BPAs: AdacelAutodesk, PTC, SimiGon and Trimble.

DoD ESI Oracle BPA Pending

September 4, 2019

We remain in discussions with Oracle concerning the establishment of a future ESI agreement for the DoD. If your requirement dictates a near future purchase of Oracle software technology DoD ESI recommends using ESI Terms and Conditions as a best practice. We have provided the ESI Terms and Conditions below to help facilitate your negotiation of terms with Oracle. 

For ESI recommended Terms and Conditions, click here.

You may submit a request for additional assistance from our SPMs via our Ask an Expert page.

Directive 8470.01E Approved: Secretary of the Navy to Act as Executive Agent for Core Enterprise Technology Agreements (CETAs)

June 18, 2020

DOD Directive 8470.01E, approved by the Deputy Secretary of Defense and went into effect 6 September 2018, announced that the Secretary of the Navy would serve as the DoD Executive Agent (EA) for commercial software product management of Core Enterprise Technology Agreements (CETAs) designated by the Defense Business Council (DBC) in support of Information Technology Category Management (ITCM) and the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative, in accordance with DoD Directive 5101.1. It also establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for the execution of ESI CETA Agreements. Core Agreements consist of those agreements that are in highest demand.

The nomination and transition from existing ordering agreements into CETAs is an ongoing process. Therefore, until the process is complete for each respective agreement, customers should continue to order in accordance with DoD DFARS 208.74 via current ESI agreements. If you have any questions or concerns, please submit them via our Ask an Expert page.

Forescout BPA Update to Product Offerings

April 3, 2020

DoD ESI is pleased to announce the addition of products and offerings to our existing DoD ESI Forescout Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), which is open to all Department of Defense organizations. Currently in its 3rd year, this 5-year, multiple award BPA enables the acquisition of Forescout licenses, proprietary appliances, and maintenance across the DoD and consists of resellers Alamo City Engineering Services, Carahsoft Technology Corp., DLT Solutions, ImmixTechnology, and Patriot Technologies, Inc.

Please visit for contract details.

Tanium Agreement Designated As a CETA

September 30, 2019

In accordance with DoD Directive 8470.01E in performance of the functions as DoD Executive Agent for CETAs, Navy PEO EIS has designated the Tanium BPA as the first DoD Core Enterprise Technology Agreement (CETA).

The CETA designation means this purchasing vehicle is mandatory for DoD for Tanium products and services.

Benefits of the CETA designation include:

  • Improved terms and conditions, offering more flexible licensing reducing DoD's liability
  • Significant volume and price discounts: all orders start at 1.5M endpoints regardless of size, achieving potential cost avoidance of ~$7.5M/year
  • Honors all previously negotiated 'entry' prices from earlier contracts, if lower than those on BPA
  • Built-in flexibility, allowing for adjustments based on both quantity and product mix

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ITAM Category BPAs Awarded

September 12, 2019

DoD ESI is pleased to announce that Information Technology Asset Management (ITAM) BPAs are now available to all Department of Defense organizations. Blanket Purchase Agreements have been awarded to the following OEMs. Click on BPAs for more information:















Micro Focus Government Solutions






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Products include software licenses, software maintenance support, subscriptions, and information technology professional services.


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