CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Armaments Consortium (NAC), a consortium of over 250 companies and academic institutions managed by SCRA, has been awarded a seven-year, multi-project, $700 million ordnance technology development and prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). SCRA provides consortium management services and acts as single-point contracting activity for the NAC consortium. The Section 845 Other Transaction Agreement is executed by U.S. Army Contracting Command - New Jersey on behalf of the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC). This agreement renews and extends two previous agreements valued at $1.22 billion. NAC is the industrial and academic component of DOTC, both of which were established to facilitate collaborative ordnance technology development and prototyping.
“The most recent $700 million agreement is evidence of the continued success of the NAC/DOTC Enterprise. To date, over $1 billion dollars have been awarded to our NAC member organizations to develop innovative armament and ordnance technology solutions that are crucial to helping support our American warfighters,” said Gary Schneider, CEO of G. Schneider & Associates, Inc. and Chairman of the National Armaments Consortium Executive Committee.
Every year, NAC hosts an Annual Membership Meeting that offers the government, industry and academia a unique opportunity to meet and exchange information relating to the research, development and deployment of critical armament and ordnance technology. This year, the annual forum was held March 5th and 6th in Whippany, N.J. Over 315 representatives and organizations participated in the event, making it the largest annual meeting ever held.
The NAC is one of numerous SCRA-managed consortia collaborations. In addition to the armament and ordnance program, which is designed to maintain our technological superiority on the battlefield, other consortia areas of expertise include: shipbuilding and maritime technologies, composites and advanced materials, manufacturing, software applications, agency interoperability, homeland security and vertical lift.
“The NAC Annual meeting is a great example of collaboration between government, industry and academia early in the research and development process, which results in better technology solutions,” said SCRA Applied R&D President Chris Van Metre. “With this new OTA in place, we look forward to being a part of the continued success of NAC and DOTC in the years to come. This agreement allows us to continue to fulfill our ultimate mission, supporting the warfighters serving our country each day."
SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages national and international R&D programs worth nearly $2 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced, high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA’s cumulative output on South Carolina’s economy to be $15.3 billion.
DOTC is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Defense and NAC. The NAC component of DOTC was established in August 2000 to quickly provide innovative warhead, fuze, propellant, pyrotechnic and explosives solutions to meet the operational needs of the User. Commissioned by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as a DoD Laboratory Initiative in December 2002, the DOTC enterprise facilitates ordnance technology development and prototyping among and between its Government, Industry and Academic members.