George Mason University Publishes New Report on The Value of The Consortia Model to the Defense Acquisition Ecosystem

Key findings:  The Consortia Model promotes innovation,
expands the industrial base, and accelerates acquisition

Fairfax, Va. – July 20, 2022 – The George Mason University Center for Government Contracting today released a new research report examining the value of the consortia model to the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition process.

Key findings from the report include: the consortia model enhances communication between government and industry via dedicated collaboration events; the consortia model expands the defense industrial base as nontraditional defense contractors make up 77% of  the membership for the 12 consortia surveyed and serve as the lead contractor on nearly 70% of awards through those consortia; and in certain circumstances, the consortia model can significantly speed up acquisition timeliness and free up the DoD acquisition workforce to perform other critical tasks.

The report – “The Power of Many: Leveraging Consortia to Promote Innovation, Expand the Defense Industrial Base, and Accelerate Acquisition”–  is co-authored by George Mason University Center for Government Contracting Senior Fellow Stephanie Halcrow, and Moshe Schwartz, President of Etherton & Associates.

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NAC Meet A Member Series Featuring Charlie Zisette and Nate Smith!

We are pleased to present the first episode in our new Meet A Member digital series where the NAC team interviews representatives from our remarkable member organizations.

To kick things off, NAC Executive Director, Charlie Zisette, is joined by Nate Smith of Integrated Solutions for Systems (IS4S). They briefly discuss the company, their system design agent approach, and one of IS4S’ successful prototyping efforts under a DOTC award for the Blu-136 Next Generation Area Attack Weapon.

We hope you enjoy the episode and feel free to reach out to if you have any questions or would like to discuss further.

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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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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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