• S2MARTS OTA Turns 3, Defense contracting

    June 14, 2022

    The S²MARTS OTA is celebrating its three-year anniversary. S²MARTS was established to grow and engage an elite network of innovators within focused technology areas such as microelectronics, electronic warfare, 5G, and hypersonics.

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  • OTA vs FAR

    May 19, 2022

    With discoveries occurring at an exponential rate, the government is always looking for ways to push the boundaries of technology and innovation. In order to do this in the most effective way, government program offices have been relying more and more on an agile contracting vehicle known as Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs)

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  • hypersonic missile OTA contracting

    May 15, 2022

    Hypersonics research and development is happening right here in southern Indiana. More than 300 Hoosiers—engineers and scientists—are working non-stop at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division to increase U.S. hypersonic capability.

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  • AI & ML

    April 28, 2022

    What is AI? What are practical and applicable definitions of AI and ML?  Are they one and the same? AI, like natural (human) intelligence, is easier to recognize than to define. AI is attributed to machines that can learn and solve problems.

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  • cybersecurity cyber networks dod contacting OTA

    April 26, 2022

    All warfighting domains – space, cyberspace, air, land, and maritime – rely on joint interoperability to maintain a deterrent security posture. It is through integrated deterrence, which heavily leans on cyber networks, that the U.S. is able to properly defend against foreign attacks. We must preserve and expand upon our leadership in the cyber domain, and the DoD is calling upon the strong American industrial base to do so.

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  • SciTec Spotlight Blog with David Simenc and Jim Bower

    April 19, 2022

    Membership with NSTXL provides access to countless government opportunities and a community through which you can sharpen your solutions. Join us in chatting with members David Simenc and Jim Bower, from SciTec, about how NSTXL has brought them to the forefront of government contracting. 

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  • Tim's Letter for 8 Years of NSTXL

    April 8, 2022

    This week marks the 8th Anniversary of the incorporation of NSTXL. As any true start-up would, we dove in headfirst to develop a new platform to deliver transformative technology to the marketplace at the speed of mission and relevance. And as any true start-up does, we quickly learned that success was not a straight line.

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  • Space Symposium, space contracting

    March 31, 2022

    NSTXL will host Col. Eric J. Felt and Col. Joseph J. Roth at the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO on April 5 between 2 – 3 p.m. at the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) booth 542. Col Felt and Col Roth bring with them extensive knowledge on current industry technology and the foresight into what capabilities gaps should be immediately addressed to maintain security measures in space.

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  • radiation hardening, rad hard, defense contracting, OTA

    March 9, 2022

    Electronic components are crucial to U.S. DoD’s objectives, and their dependability is critical to every mission. Any damage or malfunction to even one electronic component can be detrimental. As we become increasingly focused on space innovation, the reliability of these electronics is vital.

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  • DARC awarded through SpEC, space prototype

    February 23, 2022

    The Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) contract, was awarded to Northrop Grumman Corporation through the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) by Space Systems Command (SSC). The request for prototype was released as a part of the larger DARC program created to enhance our nation's capabilities in Space Domain Awareness (SDA). The solutions created through DARC will be vital in creating a resilient space enterprise.

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  • microelectronics, CHIPS Act, OTA

    February 10, 2022

    How often do you think about the microchips in your smartphone? Or the ones in your laptop? How about your car, which can have up to 100 microchips to control everything from touchscreens to transmissions. The answer is probably never. We take these tiny electronics for granted. Just like the air we breathe and water we drink. It’s just there. Except when it’s not.

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  • defense contracting OTA

    February 3, 2022

    OTAs offer an alternative to the lengthier contracting process governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) by removing onerous requirements that small businesses advancing dual-use technologies have trouble fulfilling.

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