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.

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.

Our Approach

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.

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OTA vs FAR

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efficient innovation vehicles enable a more agile and well-informed technology contracting process by streamlining the outdated and muddled version that FAR represents.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.

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Explore our OTAs

S2MARTS • A NSTXL OTA

The Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) was created by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division for flexible acquisition in trusted microelectronics, strategic & spectrum missions, and other critical mission areas.

SpEC • A NSTXL OTA

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.

TReX • A NSTXL OTA

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

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