Navy, Armaments Consortium Forge Partnership to Solve Energetics Tech Challenges

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division has forged an agreement with the National Armaments Consortium to accelerate tech breakthroughs over the next six to ten years.  Under the agreement, the Navy’s hub for developing energetics-related technologies will use a flexible, nontraditional “other transaction authority,” to task consortium members in industry and academia with solving its toughest challenges. Advanced Technology International, which specializes in managing OTA-based collaborations, is also a party to the deal.

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ATI and the National Armaments Consortium Partner with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head to Tackle the Department of the Navy’s Energetics Challenges

Advanced Technology International (ATI), in partnership with the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), has signed an agreement to develop the Naval Energetic Systems and Technologies (NEST) Program. The NEST Program is a collaboration executed under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) to address the most significant energetics-related challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps.

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OTHER TRANSACTION AUTHORITY AND THE CONSORTIA-BASED ACQUISITION MODEL: A VALUABLE TOOL FOR RAPID DEFENSE INNOVATION

New research published by The Chertoff Group focuses on the value of the consortia-based OTA model.  NAC leadership, including Charlie Zisette, James Miller, and George Solhan, had the opportunity to speak at length with the authors of Other Transaction Authority and the Consortia-Based Acquisition Model: a valuable tool for rapid defense innovation – Benjamin Schwartz, a senior director at The Chertoff Group and Bill Greenwalt, a Visiting Fellow at AEI.  The report details the history of OTAs, describes the role of consortia, highlights how OTAs support innovation, collaboration and rapid and effective prototyping, and makes recommendations for the future.

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Armaments Group Revamps to Aid Military Prototyping

Check out the NAC Executive Director Charlie Zisette’s interview with John Harper from the National Defense, NDIA’s Business & Technology Magazine.  Charlie highlights NAC’s contributions in aiding weapon system technologies and the success of nontraditional companies using the OTA.

 

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NAC Newsletter- November 2020

Dear NAC Members,

 

In August, the National Armaments Consortium reached a major milestone, as we joined with our partners at DOTC and CC-NJ to unveil the details of a new DOTC process and path forward. On October 31, BIDS opened for the government to submit new prototyping requirements for DOTC!

We couldn’t be more excited about this effort and believe that it will open up significant new opportunities for our government customers and NAC members to develop rapid and effective prototypes that meet the needs of our warfighters.

If you weren’t able to attend the virtual Town Hall meeting with the government, the presentation is posted on our Events Page on our public website (https://www.nacconsortium.org/upcoming-events/). The Q&A from the Town Hall is posted on our Member’s Only website on the Events Page. Member training webinars will held for more in-depth training and Q&A on December 10th and 15th. You can register to attend by following the hyperlinks for each date.

FY20 was a very good year for the NAC and its Members! We had 201 new awards through our DOTC and AMTC programs. This represents a strong commitment to excellence from our members, our government partners, and our consortium management firm ATI. One Team, One Fight. Thank you for all you do in support of our Warfighters.

Our community was devastated with the recent and tragic loss of Bill Morelli, President and Co-Owner of SAVIT Corporation. Bill was a great patriot and champion for the NAC, for Picatinny Arsenal, for research and development and for his SAVIT family. Through his passion and leadership, SAVIT Corporation has led over 150 NAC/DOTC prototyping projects. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all who knew him. He left an indelible mark on our community and we are all better for it. God Speed.

 

Sincerely,

Charlie Zisette

Executive Director

 

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NAC Collaboration Conversation Greg Schneck and Charlie Zisette

The NAC Executive team is excited to share another Collaboration Conversation episode!  Listen in as Charlie Zisette, Executive Director of the NAC, chats collaboration for the common good with Greg Schneck, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Polaris Alpha Advanced Systems, a Parsons’ Company.  Greg shares how the NAC community ties company competition and partnership with opportunities to innovate, bringing all of the pieces together for the warfighter.

Click HERE to watch a brief discussion on the importance of materials in helping the government achieve breakthrough designs.

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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National Armaments Consortium Collaboration Conversations with Day & Zimmerman: Steve Dart and Charlie Zisette

NAC Collaboration Conversations Episode Five Featuring Charlie Zisette and Steve Dart

In the latest NAC Collaboration Conversation episode, Charlie Zisette, Executive Director of the NAC, is joined by Steve Dart, Vice President of Research & Development, Munitions and Government at Day & Zimmermann. Take a moment to hear about how Steve has been utilizing the NAC Network to stand up a new R & D Department, and how nontraditionals can successfully partner with companies such as Day & Zimmerman.

Click HERE to watch a brief discussion on the importance of materials in helping the government achieve breakthrough designs.

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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Collaboration Conversations with Charlie Zisette & James Miller

NAC Collaboration Conversations Episode Four Featuring Charlie Zisette and James Miller

Check out the latest NAC Collaboration Conversations episode where NAC Executive Director, Charlie Zisette and NAC Chairman, James Miller of Dynetics discuss meeting the needs of the government customer while utilizing the open conversation opportunities that the NAC’s OTA provides.

Click HERE to watch a brief discussion on the importance of materials in helping the government achieve breakthrough designs.

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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Armaments Consortium Launches New Path to Field High-tech Prototypes

The National Armaments Consortium, along with the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium and Army Contracting Command-New Jersey, is taking steps to fast-track their armament prototyping efforts, it was announced Thursday.

A year after the Army’s high-profile reorganization to more quickly field cutting-edge weapons technologies, the Charleston, South Carolina-based National Armaments Consortium ― made up of 900 companies and academic institutions ― wants to better sync with both the government’s increased demand and its actual bandwidth for turning research into prototypes.

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