OTA is a powerful acquisition authority provided to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and certain other federal agencies. However, Government and industry personnel commonly fail to understand the details of OTA and how it may be applied to improve Government acquisition programs and enable new business opportunities for industry.
DoD guidance states that its personnel should not use specific templates for designing OTAs. The intent is for the Government to structure business arrangements that are most appropriate for each specific scenario. Yet, there are OTA structures that have been effectively demonstrated and can be replicated. One such structure was developed by the Army and involves the establishment of consortia of companies interested in working with the Government within a given subject area. These so-called “OTA Consortia” have existed for more than a decade and have cumulatively resulted in the award of over $1B for prototype development.
There are 14 existing OTA Consortia within DoD, and one additional consortium expected to launch soon. Links to each are provided here: