The saying, “innovate or die,” isn’t overdramatic – if companies don’t collaborate in today’s highly competitive marketplace, their proposals won’t be as strong. The ability to expand product portfolios is perhaps the most important reason of them all, as this is the main reason most companies are looking to team. Businesses can bring their resources together to form a think tank and both benefit from the research and innovation.
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)
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.
The importance of seeing a project successfully completed from ideation to prototype cannot be understated. Advancing critical government technology, connecting with leading innovators, and improving the future of national security are vital. But it’s not always easy.
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.
Mike Dodd, VP of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, is our Employee Spotlight. Mike has experience on both the frontlines and behind the scenes. He works with NSTXL to support national security and bring about change for the Warfighter. Mike has years of experience and knowledge within the industry, so read ahead to learn from an expert.
Want to know more about our exceptional Acquisition Manager? Cathy Jordan joined NSTXL in June of 2019 and has been working on the acquisition side of our innovation network ever since. When Cathy isn’t spending her time helping NSTXL grow, she also enjoys building things at home, going on cruises, and trying local IPA’s from wherever she’s found herself.
S2MARTS Awarded 10 U.S.C. §4022– (formerly 2371b) Authority, Now Offering Both Research and Prototype Execution Under One Agreement
The S2MARTS OTA, managed by NSTXL, has been awarded authority allowing the consortium to carry out basic, applied, and advanced research projects in accordance with 10 U.S.C. §4021– (formerly 2371), in addition to their existing agreement for prototype projects under 10 U.S.C. §4022– (formerly 2371b). This award marks a huge milestone for the S2MARTS OTA and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, as now both research and prototype projects can be accomplished under one OTA framework.
This September, we wanted to showcase our Membership Success Marketing Manager, Tranisha Harris. Tranisha brings with her powerful ideas and plans to improve both NSTXL and how the industry looks at membership overall. As the Membership Marketing Manager, she takes on a multitude of tasks to improve the membership experience.
To showcase our incredible staff and share their unique perspectives on the industry, we're rolling out the Get to Know NSTXL series. In each post, we'll be highlighting different employees as they share more about their experience, past projects, insight into the industry, and more.