Tag Archives: OTA

Defense Innovation Unit Transitioned 11 Commercial Prototypes in 2020

Defense Innovation Unit

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said in its annual report that it launched 23 new projects in 2020, which reflects a year-over-year increase of 35 percent, and transitioned 11 prototypes to Department of Defense partners for large-scale procurement. DIU received 944 commercial proposals and awarded 56 prototype other transaction agreements to companies in 2020, bringing the total number of prototype OTAs issued to 208.

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DOD Spending on OTAs Continues to Ramp Up; Robert Levinson, Rhys McCormick Quoted

Pentagon

A National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) report on the defense industrial base’s health shows that the Department of Defense’s (DOD) use of other transaction authority (OTA) agreements to encourage non-traditional vendors to work with the Pentagon has surged in recent years. Analysts at Bloomberg Government said use of OTAs continued to rise in fiscal year 2020.

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DPC Report: Pentagon’s OTA Obligations Hit $16.3B in 2020

Pentagon

An annual report by the Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) Agency shows that the Department of Defense (DOD) obligated $16.3 billion in funds on other transaction authority awards in 2020, up from the previous year’s $7.4 billion. Of the $16.3 billion, DOD spent $7.7 billion on OTAs related to COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, according to the report.

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USAF Downselects Northrop Grumman as Sole Contractor for F-16 Electronic Warfare Suite

Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Air Force has downselected Northrop Grumman to complete the final project efforts to provide the electronic warfare suite for the service branch’s F-16 fighter aircraft fleet, the company reported on Monday. Northrop Grumman’s offering will work to protect pilots from radio frequency-guided weapons by detecting, identifying and defeating advanced threat systems.

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CSIS Report: Pentagon’s OTA Obligations Rose 75 Percent in FY 2019

Pentagon

A Center for Strategic and International Studies report stated that the Department of Defense’s (DoD) other transaction authority (OTA) obligations have climbed 712 percent since fiscal year 2015 and increased from $4.4 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2018 to $7.7 billion in FY 2019, reflecting a 75 percent rise.

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IBM Wins DoD OTA to Advance Microelectronics; Jay Bellissimo Quoted

Jay Bellissimo

IBM has secured a Phase 1 Other Transactions Agreement (OTA) under the Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes (RAMP) Advanced Commercial Capabilities Project, the company reported on Monday. IBM received the award through the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S²MARTS) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). IBM will advance microelectronics technology

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Shift5 Wins US Army OTA to Deliver Prototype Vehicle Security System; Josh Lospinoso Quoted

Army Ground Vehicle

Shift5 has been awarded a one-year, $2.6 million OTA by the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) to deliver a prototype vehicle security system for a critical ground vehicle platform. Shift5 will provide unified cybersecurity prototype kits that will protect the operational technology of the Army’s Stryker combat vehicle platform.

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NAVSEA’s Mike Sydla on Using OTAs, Emerging Tech to Modernize Operations

IT Modernization

Mike Sydla, division director for information management resources at U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) industrial operations division, has said the command is working to implement a “digital first” mindset. Sydla told the publication in an interview that NAVSEA has been leveraging other transaction authority agreements and migrating workloads to the cloud. 

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Jeff Kleck: DIU Helps Air Force Develop Cyber Tool Using AI, Machine Learning

Jeff Gleck

Jeff Kleck, director of the cyber portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said DIU is working with the U.S. Air Force under an other transaction agreement (OTA) to develop software that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help speed up cyber threat detection, Federal News Network reported Friday.

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NAVWAR Awards $104M in OTA Production Contracts for Warfare Tech Transition Effort

OTA Production

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NIWC) has awarded other transaction authority production (OTP) contracts worth $104 million combined to transition three prototype technologies under the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP). “This process provides a unique opportunity to leverage an OTA to not only rapidly prototype," said Don Sallee, acquisition planning services manager at NIWC Atlantic.

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