Frequently Asked Questions

The National Armaments Consortium (NAC), is a consortium of over 450 companies and academic institutions brought together to enhance warfighter lethality and survivability by leveraging the nation’s industrial and academia research and development base to advance and expand our military technological superiority.
The NAC is the industrial/academic component of the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium, an enterprise established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to serve as the focal point for ordnance system technology research and development to address the Department of Defense’s long range science and technology objectives.
The NAC is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of representatives of member companies. The Executive Committee is chaired by Ms. Diana-Lynn Herbst, who also serves as the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium’s Industry Co-Chair. The committee has at least one academic representative and a proportional amount of representation from the small and large business membership.

 

The NAC Executive Director is Mr. Charlie Zisette and the NAC Director for Customer Affairs is Mr. George Solhan. Supporting their efforts is ATI, the NAC Consortium Management Firm (CMF). The CMF is an independent, neutral organization hired by the NAC Executive Committee to administer the day-to-day affairs of the NAC and to act as the NAC single point-contracting agent. Information on the current Executive Committee can be found be here.
Visit the How to Join webpage. This webpage includes general information about the process and the membership application (download in Word or complete the online form). A completed and signed application and a signed Consortium Membership Agreement needs to be submitted to the Consortium Management Firm.
Industry and academic organizations do not need to separately join DOTC.
This is the Agreement that governs the rights and obligations of the NAC Member Organizations as they relate to the organization and operation of NAC.
There is a $500 annual membership fee, which must be renewed each October. Your initial membership fee will be pro-rated by quarter based on the effective date of your membership approval. In addition, any awards made to a member are assessed a small percentage of the total awarded amount. The NAC uses the funds collected to offset operating expenses. Effective October 1, 2016, the NAC Assessment is 0.3% of all awarded funding (not ceiling). See additional information here.
No, when the application is approved, you will receive an invoice with payment instructions.
Typically 1 week or less if an application is complete. If an application is incomplete, the Consortium Management Firm will call the applicant to discuss any missing elements
NAC members are required to maintain an active DD2345. United States (U.S.)/Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP) certification establishes the eligibility of a U.S. or Canadian contractor to receive technical data governed, in the U.S., by Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 5230.25 and, in Canada, by the Technical Data Control Regulations (TDCR). Certification is required for United States (U.S.) or Canadian contractors who wish to obtain access to unclassified technical data disclosing militarily critical technology with military or space application that is under the control of, or in the possession of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) or the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND). In order to obtain a certification, contractors must submit a DD2345 Form to the United States (U.S.)/Canada Joint Certification Office, along with supporting company documentation. Please visit the DLA website for more information regarding the DD2345 process, including the form itself as well as instructions and FAQs. According to the JCP's website, the processing time for DD2345 Form applications fluctuate depending on delivery method to their office and the volume of applications received. If there are problems with the application, e.g. incomplete or incorrect information, delays will occur. The website includes tips for avoiding these mistakes. Recent experience indicates a range of a few days to a few weeks.
No, membership is open to all U.S. companies and universities which are capable of making a technical contribution to the advancement of armament technologies. However, DOTC solicitations will require nontraditional participation or at least 1/3 cost share on each proposed effort.
NAC hosts an Annual General Membership Meeting each year in the March timeframe, typically in the Picatinny, NJ area. There are also DOTC Collaboration Days scheduled throughout the year in various locations. In order to remain a “member in good standing,” it required that members attend the NAC General Membership meeting or at least one other NAC or DOTC-sponsored event, like a DOTC Collaboration Day, within the previous 12-month period.
The website can be accessed at http://www.nac-dotc.org/ which includes publically available information about NAC and DOTC. The public site contains a link to access the Members Only site which contains solicitation information, the latest Annual Technology Plan, meeting proceedings, etc. If your organization is an NAC member, and you do not already have a log-in you can request one here: http://www.nac-dotc.org/nac-form.html. The Primary POC for each organization must approve all requests so there may be delay in receiving this information.
“Other Transactions Agreement (OTA)” is the term commonly used to refer to the 10 USC 2371b authority to enter into transactions other than contracts, grants or cooperative agreements. The Department of Defense (DoD) currently has temporary authority to award relevant to weapons or weapons systems proposed to be acquired or developed by the DoD. OTA’s for prototype initiatives are acquisition instruments that generally, are not subject to the federal laws and regulations governing procurement (FAR based) contracts. As such, they are not required to comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), its supplements (i.e. DFARS) or laws that are limited in applicability to procurement contracts.

 

DOTC operates under Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) between the Government and the National Armaments Consortium. The Consortium Management Firm, acting on behalf of the NAC, administers the efforts of the OTA and makes awards to the NAC members.
As directed by the Government, the CMF will issue a DOTC Request for Ordnance Technology Initiatives soliciting initiatives to address requirements identified in the DOTC Annual Technology Plan. NAC members submit an Enhanced Whitepaper against one or more requirements. The Government performs the technical evaluation and source selection. Additional information will be required prior to award (e.g. cost proposal). If selected for award, the CMF will negotiate and execute an Ordnance Technology Base Agreement with the NAC member. This agreement is governed by the same provisions as the OTA between the Government and NAC. Subsequently, any proposal that is selected for award will be funded through an Ordnance Technology Initiative Agreement issued under the Base Agreement.
The agreement between the NAC Consortium Management Firm and the NAC member organization that will serve as the baseline agreement for all future Ordnance Technology Initiative Agreements, flowing down applicable terms and conditions from the Other Transactions Agreement between the Government and NAC. To request a copy of the Ordnance Technology Base Agreement, email dotc-contracts@ati.org
The agreement between the CMF and the NAC member organization whose Ordnance Technology Initiative Enhanced Whitepaper was evaluated and competitively selected by the Government for funding, in accordance with an established and agreed upon scope of work, terms and conditions, period of performance, and payment under the Government funded Ordnance Technology Initiative.
View common questions and answers regarding NAC Assessments on this website.
A nontraditional defense contractor means an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the one-year period prior to the date of this application, any contract or subcontract for the Department of Defense that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to section 1502 of title 41 and the regulations implementing such section.

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