Darkblade Systems has joined the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) and its industrial and academic component, the National Armaments Consortium (NAC). The DOTC serves as the focal point for armaments system technology and development, chartered with the mission to enhance the Warfighter’s lethality, survivability and combat effectiveness by facilitating the industrial and academic Research, Development and technology demonstrations needed to advance and expand our military technological superiority.
The NAC’s vision is to be the preeminent collaboration organization that enables Government, Industry, and Academia to deliver rapid armaments innovation for the nation’s security, while fostering collaboration between Government, Industry and Academia to deliver dominant solutions to complex National Armament challenges.
From the DOTC Website:
DOTC was commissioned by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as a DoD initiative. The goal was to facilitate collaborative Government, Industry and Academic ordnance technology development and prototyping. Initially in 2000 the National Armaments Consortium (NAC) was partnered with the Army’s Warheads and Energetics Technology Center, or WETC, located at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. Shortly after the NAC/WETC partnership was forged, the NAC expanded its role and became the industrial/academic component of the newly formed DOTC when it was stood up as a purple organization in December 2002.
The DOTC integrates the DoD Ordnance community to work collaboratively in RDT&E of prototype solutions to advance and transition ordnance systems, subsystems and component technologies.
DOTC operates under Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) (10 U.S.C. 2371b) between the Government and the ATI, the acting NAC Consortium management firm. ATI also serves as a single point contracting agent for the DOTC. This unique model has resulted in more than 650 initiatives awarded to NAC members totaling more than $3 billion since 2009.
From the NAC Website:
The National Armaments Consortium commits ourselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct and confidentiality. We value:
- Collaboration and Teamwork
- Innovation, Creativity and Agility
- Transparency and Accountability
- Stewardship of Precious Resources
- Responsiveness, Relevance and Timeliness
- Excellence in Leadership and Management
- Courage to act Boldly, Responsibly and with Vision
- Duty and Service to our Members and the Nation