What is an OTA?

The Problem

You need mission-critical technologies delivered at a pace traditional government contracting methods can’t provide.

The Solution

OTAs speed up government acquisition process, providing a flexible process that eliminates wasted time, effort, and money.

How Do Defense
OTAs Work?

Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) are non-traditional government contracting methods designed to help fast-track research initiatives and prototype innovation. Unlike traditional FAR-based contracts, OTAs increase the government’s ability to capitalize on emerging technology opportunities and leverage flexible processes that reduce risk.

Ideation to Prototype, 
Faster Than Ever Before

On average, NSTXL’s submission to award timeline is just over 100 days, compared to 12-24 months with traditional defense contracts. By keeping timelines short, NSTXL ensures that cutting-edge commercial technology makes it to the end user in record time.


OTAs were created to minimize wasted efforts in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) process. These efficient innovation vehicles enable a more agile and well-informed technology contracting process by streamlining the outdated and muddled version that FAR represents. Without the same barriers holding back award timelines, eating up funds, or limiting transparency, we can come together and advance national security in a way that was previously unattainable.

Our OTAs

Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems

The Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) OTA was designed to refine strategies, manage planning activities, and implement integrated, complementary solutions that enable broader NSWC Crane access to cutting-edge commercial technologies in a variety of sectors.

Space Enterprise Consortium

The Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) OTA was created in 2017 through the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to bridge the cultural gap between military buyers and commercial space startups and small businesses. The innovative contracting process allows ApEC to solicit bids from a mix of member companies including companies that have not previously worked with the DoD.

Training and Readiness Accelerator

The Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) expedites development, demonstration, and delivery of prototypes to increase Warfighter readiness, providing Army Contracting Command Orlando with an agile mechanism to iterate and refine critical technologies to keep pace with ongoing and emerging challenges.

Defense Technological Information Center Energy OTA

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) OTA was a diverse challenge platform that expanded beyond energy technologies and aligned with the Information Analysis Center (IAC) technology domains. Technical areas germane to this OTA include cyber, advanced materials, sensors, and biomedical challenges. The ceiling on this OTA has been reached and it is no longer accepting new projects. It does however continue to execute on several prototype projects which are nearing successful completion.


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