NAC Collaboration Conversation: Episode Two Featuring Charlie Zisette and Joe Buzzett

In the second episode of the NAC Collaboration Conversation series, Charlie Zisette, Executive Director of the NAC, is joined by Joe Buzzett, Chief Technology Officer at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. Click and watch a brief discussion on utilizing the NAC to collaborate with nontraditionals and strengthen government partnerships.

Click HERE to watch a brief valuable discussion from a board members perspective on utilizing the NAC to collaborate with nontraditionals and strengthen government partnerships.

 

Want to participate in a future Collaboration Conversation? Have a few minutes to share your perspective in developing prototypes and working with the USG?  We have a number of opportunities to engage – from these videos, to the member company spotlight, and our “Meet NAC Mondays.” If you’re interested, please reach out to Trystine Payfer at trystine@vrge.us.   We would love to hear from you and feature you in future communications.

 

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NAC Collaboration Conversation: Featuring Charlie Zisette and Noel McCormick

In the first episode of the NAC Collaboration Conversation series, Charlie Zisette, Executive Director of the National Armaments Consortium, is speaking with Noel McCormick, President of the aerospace and defense engineering firm McCormick Stevenson Corporation.

Click HERE to view the video where they discuss the consortium-based Other Transaction Agreement and how non-traditional contractors can best engage with both government and other NAC consortium members.

 

Would you like to participate in a future Collaboration Conversation? Do you have a few minutes to share your experiences in developing prototypes?  We have a number of opportunities to engage – from these videos, to the member company spotlight, and our “Meet NAC Mondays.” If you’re interested, please reach out to Trystine Payfer at trystine@vrge.us.   We would love to hear from you and feature you in future communications.

 

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Collaboration Is the Key to Rapid and Effective Prototyping to Support Our Warfighters

The world of armaments is in a period of tectonic change, and the United States must continue to be at the cutting edge of technological development. This is true whether we’re talking about artificial intelligence and machine learning, energetics, unmanned systems technology, hypersonics, the development of life-saving materials or bringing information technology onto the battlefield.

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NAC Newsletter- June 2020

I am pleased to report that both the DOTC and AMTC programs are doing very well. Below is a summary of DOTC funding received year-todate. In May, both DOTC and AMTC had 8 new awards each. The listing of the member awards can be found on our websites, https://www.nacconsortium.org/awards/ and https://www.amtcenterprise.org/awards/.

 

The DOTC program team is working to complete all remaining Enhanced White Paper evaluations for the 19-04 and 19-05 cycles. To date, 19-04 is 90% complete and 19-05 is 80% complete. This is a large jump due DOTC and CCNJ team members working overtime and their commitment to eliminating backlog. In addition, the team has ~140 projects in the award process with the goal of making 90 new awards in the last five months of FY20 – and is on track!

 

The DOTC program team is working to complete the “Process Reset” that should be rolled out at the first of FY21. We are completing the level 2 process detail and will begin testing the new process in August and September. The level 2 process detail will include the NAC member and government training and program timeline. Highlights of the reset include 3 collaboration events per year, monthly solicitations, and a parallel process for soliciting projects that are ready for immediate award and a process for getting NAC member input for emerging requirements.

 

It is a testament to our industrial base that during this current situation we are continuing to aggressively support the modernization of our warfighters. Thanks to all of you for your hard work and the innovative technologies you are delivering!

 

Sincerely,
Charlie Zisette
Executive Director

 

Click here to view the June 2020 Newsletter

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NAC Newsletter- April 2020

I hope this newsletter finds you well and that you and your loved ones are safe amid the pandemic. March was an unprecedented month, not just for the National Armaments Consortium, but for our entire industrial base. I have had numerous conversations with many members, and I am so impressed on how well everyone is continuing to perform given the precautions and restrictions we all face.

 

Both AMTC and DOTC Program Teams continue to work diligently to make new awards, process modifications, and work on EWP evaluations for our members. In March, DOTC made 9 new awards and AMTC made 7 new awards.

 

The NAC Leadership Team has been working closely with DOTC and CCNJ to develop a new process aimed at streamlining awards for both DOD customers and our members. Our target date for the new process to be finalized is 1 June. The new process will not affect any of your existing EWPs that are in the basket or in the evaluation pipeline. The DOTC team is also working the backlog of EWPs that are in the selection-to-award stage.

 

The NAC community has really leapt into action and made major contributions as part of the COVID-19 response. One of our NAC large businesses had five of their locations use their engineering expertise and 3D printers to urgently produce over 150 thermoplastic ventilator adaptors to convert BiPAP machines in into a closed system that can be used to treat COVID-19 patients who are having respiratory problems. The adaptors are currently in evaluation testing.

 

Other NAC member highlights are included in this newsletter below. Please let us know of your success stories related to helping our nation navigate this pandemic! Stay safe and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

 

Sincerely,

Charlie Zisette

Executive Director

 

Click here to view the April 2020 Newsletter

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NAC Newsletter- March 2020

February was an eventful month for the DOTC Program, the NAC Leadership and our member companies. During the month of February, 12 new awards (valued at $198M) were made and $179M was placed on the DOTC OTA. We have 130 projects that are currently in the selection-to-award pipeline. The DOTC goals for the coming months are to eliminate the backlog of pending awards and complete the Enhanced White Paper (EWP) evaluations.

 

As a NAC leadership team, we met with all of the DOTC Program leadership to assess the program and to discuss ways to further improve our processes. We have begun two major initiatives to improve both the visibility of the program and to streamline the process in order to make it more relevant and accessible to both the government developers and the NAC members.  Specifically, we are instituting an initiative to capture the success stories of the many technology advancements made through the program by both our nontraditional and traditional contractors. The objective of this initiative is to communicate the great work being accomplished by our members to all of DOD’s modernization stakeholders (e.g. Congress, DOD Leadership, PEOs, PMs, developers, and our members). Secondly, we have begun a “process reset” initiative that is looking at all aspects of the program to simplify and speed up the award process while ensuring collaboration and compliance remain as a cornerstone of our value proposition. Our goal is to complete the process reset by June to enable holding a GMM/collaboration event this summer.

 

Moving forward, we’re thrilled to work with James Miller of Dynetics in his new capacity as Chairman of our executive committee. James is an incredible leader, he has successfully navigated the government’s contracting process for years, and he’s highly respected by his peers. We’re confident that he will provide steady leadership for the NAC well into the future.

 

Finally, we hope that all of you stay safe in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis. Over this time, we know that many events and meetings will be postponed; however, the work of the DOTC and AMTC Programs continue to move forward.

 

Thank you all for your involvement and dedication to the mission.

 

Sincerely,

Charlie Zisette

Executive Director

 

Click here to view the March 2020 Newsletter

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COVID-19 Defense Industrial Base Messages

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2020 Ordnance & Ballistics Technical Working Group Meeting

The Ordnance and Ballistics  Technical Working Group Meeting will be held August 4-6, 2020 at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. The objective of the Ordnance and Ballistics Technology Working Group Meeting is to provide researchers, developers, and program managers (from government, academia, and industry) a forum for the exchange of information on current work related to the advancement of the technology and application of ballistics and weapon systems. The meeting provides a forum for classified, export-controlled, and limited distribution papers in the areas of ballistics, weapons effectiveness, and bomb and warhead technology. The symposium is classified at the SECRET/NOFORN level and is limited to the following US agencies: DoD, DoD Contractors, DoE, FBI, CIA, and DHS.

Please visit the event website for more information: https://events.bizzabo.com/2020OBTWG_Meeting

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Sea-Air-Space

The NAC will be exhibiting at Sea-Air-Space, April 6-8, 2020 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.  Visit us in booth 306.

Sea-Air-Space brings the U.S. defense industry and key military decision-makers together for three days of informative educational sessions, important policy discussions and a dynamic exhibit hall floor.  Owned and produced by the Navy League of the United States, Sea-Air-Space attracts maritime leaders from sea services around the globe.

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NAC Newsletter- February 2020

The new year is full of opportunities for innovation and collaboration, and we are excited to continue this journey with you.

 

Over the past decade, this consortium and its members have helped spur rapid and effective prototyping for the Department of Defense. This has become a critical pathway by which the private sector, academia and the government come together to tackle tough challenges and develop cutting-edge solutions for our men and women in uniform. It has also significantly strengthened the capacity of our industrial base.

 

Looking forward, we will work with the executive committee and the membership to continue to educate all of our government and industry stakeholders about the value of the consortium-based OTA model and the innovation it delivers for our warfighters.

 

Thank you for engagement, we look forward to working with you on another successful year.

 

Sincerely,

Charlie Zisette

Executive Director

 

Click here to view the February 2020 Newsletter

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