The National Armaments Consortium (NAC) has been awarded a follow-on 10-year, $10 billion ordnance technology development and prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). This agreement renews and extends three previous agreements. The new agreement was signed during the 2018 NAC General Membership Meeting, bringing the DoD’s Armaments Community together in a unique collaborative environment.
The NAC General Membership meeting is the largest annual forum where government, industry and academia, come together, to exchange information relating to the research, development and prototyping of critical armaments and ordnance systems. This year’s meeting was held April 11-13 in Crystal City, VA and hosted a record-breaking 776 representatives from different government and industry areas.
The first day of events included an agenda full of noteworthy speakers including the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Honorable Dr. Michael D. Griffin; the Director at US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Mr. John F. Hedderich III; Program Executive Director for Ammunition, Brig. Gen. Alfred Abramson; Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, Rear Adm. Douglas W. Small; and Chief Engineer for PEO Missiles and Space, Mr. Dale Moore.
Major Gen. Jim Richardson, Director, Process Innovation and Integration, provided a brief on the Army Futures Command’s priorities. He stressed that the one simple focus of the Futures Command is to make soldiers and units more lethal. Major Gen. Richardson was followed by three of the Cross-Functional Teams (CFTs) leads, Brig. Gen. Stephen Maranian, Long Range Precisions Fires CFT, Brig. Gen. David Lesperance, Next Generation Combat Vehicles CFT, and Brig. Gen. Christopher Donahue, Soldier Lethality CFT. The panel discussed their challenges as it relates to DoD modernization goals and the urgent need for science and technology to be obtained rapidly in order to meet the needs of today’s warfighters.
Colonel Gary Haase, Commander and Director for Munitions for Air Force Research Laboratory discussed Weapon Technology Solutions for the Current and Future Fight and how important the NAC/DOTC collaboration is to obtaining technology for the good of the warfighter:
“When someone from industry tells me they have a great new solution, I always ask, ‘Do you work with NAC-DOTC? Because that’s a great way for you to get your technology to me.’”
-Col Garry Haase
Day 2 included over 135 briefings regarding DOTC FY19 Annual Plan Technology Requirements. Requirement owners briefed their specific prototype needs in order to achieve mission effectiveness.
Day 3 concluded the meeting with over 530 One-on-One meetings where attendees came together to discuss requirements, challenges, and opportunities in a unique collaborative environment.