Consortia and Other Transactional Authorities

National Spectrum Consortium

National Spectrum Consortium is a research and development organization that incubates new technologies to revolutionize the way in which spectrum is utilized. Through collaboration between industry partners, academia and Government agencies, we solve the toughest problems the nation faces to enable spectrum co-existence and sharing. Technologies created by the NSC will make bi-directional and multi-directional spectrum sharing in federal and commercial bands, a new norm, hence eliminating a need to relocate systems. Through its advances in R&D on spectrum, NSC continues to provide leadership in spectrum development.

The Medical CBRN Defense Consortium

The Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC) was formed in response to the Government’s expressed interest to establish an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with an eligible entity or group of entities, to include industry, academic, and not-for-profit partners, for advanced development efforts to support the Department of Defense’s (DoD) medical pharmaceutical and diagnostic requirements as related to enhancing the mission effectiveness of military personnel.

Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction 

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) has established an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the CWMD Consortium for use by agencies that have a need to prototype new technologies related to Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. The consortium is comprised of a mixture of traditional and non-traditional contractors, small businesses, for-profit and not-for profit entities, and academia, representing the key players in the industry.

DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium 

The Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) was commissioned by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as a DoD initiative. The goal is to facilitate collaborative Government, Industry and Academic ordnance technology development and prototyping. 

Space Enterprise Consortium

The SpEC OT effort directly addresses the former Secretary of the Air Force’s identified need for more rapid acquisition techniques in the Air Force and enables more responsive procurement of militarily relevant space prototypes. SMC, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force’s Center of Acquisition Excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.

Medical Technologies Enterprise Consortium 

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium collaborating under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) that serves those who serve our nation. Over the last decades, our warfighters have suffered devastating trauma. So much injury, so many lives compromised.  In partnership with the Department of Defense and private support, MTEC is working to prevent injuries and accelerate the development of revolutionary medical solutions that will enhance wound healing, and return the wounded to fully functioning lives.

Vertical Lift Consortium

The Vertical Lift Consortium is a collaboration of traditional and nontraditional government contractors, small and large businesses, for-profit and not for-profit entities, academic organizations, and their affiliated organizations to work collaboratively with the U.S. Government to develop and transition innovative vertical lift technologies to rapidly and affordably meet warfighter needs. 

National Shipbuilding Research Program

Manage and focus national shipbuilding and ship repair research and development funding on technologies and processes that will reduce the total ownership cost of ships for the U.S. Navy, other national security customers and the commercial sector and develop and leverage best commercial and naval practices to improve the efficiency of the U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair Industry. Provide a collaborative framework to improve shipbuilding-related technical and business processes.

Center for Naval Metal Working

The Center for Naval Metalworking (CNM) develops and deploys innovative metalworking and related manufacturing technologies to reduce the cost and time to build and repair key U.S. Navy ships and weapons platforms, while also collaborating with other relevant manufacturing industries. CNM utilizes a proven approach that blends the “Virtual Center” model with in-house technical expertise to ensure that project teams are comprised of the best providers from the industry to identify, develop, select and execute ‘metals-centric’ projects that support the Navy ManTech program objectives and transition to industry.

Composites Manufacturing Technology Center

CMTC is an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Center of Excellence. The program develops improved manufacturing processes for composite-based components and facilitates technology transfer to resolve manufacturing and repair issues identified and prioritized by the Navy’s Program Executive Offices, other DoD services and industry.

Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium

The Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium (UTIC) was established to identify and unify national resources to more fully leverage the concentration, breadth and depth of technologies engaged across the undersea and maritime technology domain. UTIC is a national consortium of members – manufacturers, small companies, large contractors, suppliers, academia, non-profits, and non-traditional technology companies, who wish to work collaboratively with the US Government to develop undersea and maritime technologies for challenges related to defense, security and protection.

Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP)

The Information Warfare Research Program (IWRP) will engage industry and academia to develop and mature technologies in the field of Information Warfare that enhance Navy and Marine Corps mission effectiveness.

American Metal Casting (AMC) Consortium

The mission of the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC) is to develop and apply procurement support and new technologies that rapidly deliver high quality, cost-effective cast parts to assist the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in supporting today’s warfighter.

Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium

Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC) connects stakeholders of the forging supply chain to address technical and enterprise challenges through collaborative research. FDMC is results driven, and strives to rapidly investigate, develop and deploy solutions to harness the value of forgings which offer unparalleled strength, toughness and durability.


Cornerstone is established to create a flexible mechanism for a public-private collaboration across a range of specific Industrial Base sectors and requirements in order to strengthen the US Industrial Base and improve US competitiveness. Cornerstone seeks a public-private “consortium of consortiums” agreement across a range of Industrial Base sectors and requirements with a combination of private industries (small to large businesses, and private capital) to sector specific industry consortiums and associations to U.S. non-profit organization interested in entering into an Other Transaction Agreement, pursuant to 10 USC 2371b, for the purpose of Title 10 S.2508 Authority.

National Advanced Mobility Consortium

The NAMC is a part of the Defense Mobility Enterprise: a single consortium of Government Laboratories and Agencies managed out of the Acquisition Management Office(AMO) at the Detroit Arsenal (formerly the Vehicle and Robotics Alliance (VRA PO))and its Industry/Academic component, the NAMC. The Enterprise operates under an Other Transaction Agreement in accordance with provisions of 10 USC 2371b, Section 815 of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act P.L. 114-92 as amended

Propulsion Consortium Initiative

The Propulsion Acquisition Directorate of the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC/LPA) established the Propulsion Directorate Consortium Initiative (PCI) as a result of awarding a $45M Other Transaction Authority Prototype Agreement (OTA) on August 1, 2017. The consortium will perform critical research, development, test and evaluation within prototyping projects addressing propulsion needs and the future of the propulsion enterprise.

Open Systems Architecture Initiative

Under OSAI Other Transaction for Prototype Agreement (OTP), SOSSEC Consortium Members, will perform coordinated prototype development projects in conjunction with the Government that speeds development of Government, industry and academia capabilities in information system technologies proposed to be acquired or developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) to sustain U.S. military technological advantage. Additionally, this OTP will serve as a vital tool to help DoD achieve military integration that is critical to reducing the cost of defense information systems technologies.

NGA Office of Ventures and Innovation

In support of national security, the program shall serve as a vehicle for attracting new technologies and accelerating the research and development (R&D) cycle of basic and advanced prototypes that support resolution of NSG/ASG hard intelligence problems.  Specifically, this program shall allow NGA and the SOSSEC Consortium to execute and coordinate efforts to plan, research, develop and utilize prototype efforts designed to allow NGA to acquire and/or use those technologies and business processes in the agency for evaluation and demonstration.  The goal is to determine the value of each prototype application in solving hard intelligence problems.

Consortium for Energy, Environment and Demilitarization

Through the use of Other Transaction Authority, CEED accelerates the development and deployment of new capabilities to the Warfighter. CEED provides members an innovative and commonsense acquisition mechanism for development of new technologies and products to meet government customer requirements. In January 2013, CEED was awarded a three-year OTA with the Department of the Army, and was awarded a 10-year, no-ceiling follow-on OTA by the Army in April 2017. CEED also was awarded a 10-year, no-ceiling OTA with the Department of Interior in September 2010.

Consortium for Command, Control, and Communications in Cyberspace

C5 accelerates the development and deployment of new capabilities to the Warfighter through the use of Other Transaction Authority. C5 gives members an innovative and commonsense acquisition mechanism for development of new technologies and products to meet government customer requirements. The Office of the Secretary of Defense requested that the Army establish a new OTA to address C4ISR and cyber-technology requirements. In response, C5 was formed.

Training and Readiness Accelerator

The Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) expedites development, demonstration, and delivery of prototypes to increase Warfighter readiness. With a focus on modeling, simulation, and training, TReX provides the United States Government with an agile mechanism to iterate and refine critical technologies to keep pace with ongoing and emerging challenges. By actively incorporating structured operational user feedback, TReX will identify and develop innovative solutions to inform materiel procurement requirements and acquisition.

Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium

DATC’s objective is to provide members from private industry, not-for-profit and academia opportunities to develop and transition advanced automotive technologies to all branches of military and government agencies. Consortium members receive simplified access, reduced bureaucracy and enhanced visibility.

Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center BOTAA

Under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2371b, NSRDEC seeks to award funding through Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs or Agreements) to non-traditional and traditional defense contractors for prototype projects within NSRDEC’s Areas of Interest. NSRDEC is interested in efforts directed toward the development of enabling technologies that speed up the advanced development process.

Sensors, Communications, and Electronics Consortium

The Sensors, Communications and Electronics Consortium (SCE Consortium) was created to conduct research, development, and testing in cooperation with the Government, leading to technology demonstrations and prototype projects in the sensors, communications and electronics sciences and other related fields to maintain and improve warfighter command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in complex environments.

Autonomy Research Collaboration Network

The ARCNet Consortium is a collaboration of industry and academic members working in concert to expedite the development of technology and to address current and future Air Force technological needs.  As the administrator for ARCNet, SPGI focuses its efforts on cost-effective and measurable research and development efforts.  We apply collaborative and intentional independent progression paths across basic applied and advanced research; prototyping, test, evaluation, validation and verification; technology transition, and commercialization.