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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NAC Newsletter- August 2020

This month, the National Armaments Consortium will achieve a major milestone, as we join with our partners at DOTC and CC-NJ, to announce details of a new process and path forward with the government. We are very excited about this moment and believe it will open up new opportunities for our government customers and NAC members to develop rapid and effective prototypes that meet the needs of our warfighters.
NAC Chairman James Miller and I will be joined by the DOTC enterprise leadership team including; Director of DOTC, LTC Tanglao; OSD(R&E) Director of Weapons and Platforms, Mr. Mike Holthe; ACC-NJ Senior Contracting Official and Executive Director, Mr. Tom Dougherty, Chief DOTC operations, Mr. Ryan Ordemann; and Chief, DOTC Business and Planning, Tim Garry.
This will be an opportunity to learn about the new process and schedule for FY21, along with the status of the current award pipeline, and the status of 19-04 and 19-05 competitive evaluations.
If you have any questions regarding registration, please email ATI’s Rapid Response Team at naccmf@nacconsortium.org or call 843-760-3481.Major thanks to all of you for your continued dedication to developing the most innovative technologies for our men and women in uniform.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the NAC members who won awards in June and July. Your hard work and creativity clearly shows, and I am proud to work with you and be a part of this incredible collaborative team. Please check out the latest list of awards on our website.
Sincerely,
Charlie Zisette
Executive Director
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OTA Growth Drives More Innovation

New analysis released earlier this year from Bloomberg Government indicates federal government spending on other transaction authority agreements has soared in recent years and that trend could be accelerated by the response to COVID-19.

This shift in approach is taking place because, over the last decade, OTAs have a proven track record in delivering innovation across a broad swath of technology areas – from compact lasers capable of shooting down drones, to small glide munitions for special ops teams, to precision-strike missiles.

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NAC Collaboration Conversation: Episode Three Featuring Charlie Zisette and Dan Roup

In the third episode of the NAC Collaboration Conversation series, Charlie Zisette, Executive Director of the NAC, is joined by Dan Roup, of Carpenter Technology. Together they discuss the importance of materials in helping the government achieve breakthrough designs.

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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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

 

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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

 

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