There are many benefits to using an OTA, primarily in decreased acquisition time and cost. There are other notable benefits, making the OTA a unique and desirable tool for program and contract managers alike, including:

  • An OTA is not a contract, grant or cooperative agreement. As a result, OTA Initiatives are not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) or its supplements.
  • Federal funding generally can be obligated more quickly, and Initiatives are awarded in less time than typical FAR-based contracts.
  • The Government may collaborate with contractors in tailoring the terms to the Initiative and the needs of the performing member(s), achieving the best approach to fulfilling the Government’s technology needs.
  • Government rights to intellectual property are negotiable on an Initiative-by-Initiative basis.
  • OTA Initiatives are awarded on a Firm Fixed Price basis.
  • Payments are made based on measurable milestone achievements.
  • Competition is required only to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Awards are not subject to protest.

UAH is a member of three Consortium with OTAs.  Please note all communications to establish an award under either OTA to UAH, must start with the Federal Sponsoring Agency and the Consortium (CEED, C5, and/or VLC).

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Greene, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at


CMG Meeting Updates Concerning COVID-19 Virus

As a result of increasing concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, CMG has made the decision to cancel the CEED/C5 Annual Meeting planned for Monday, March 23, 2020, at The Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, VA. We based this decision on actions taken by government agencies and other organizations to cancel or limit participation in widely attended events, travel restrictions instituted within the Government and many of our member organizations, and for the health and safety of our members, participants and staff. CMG will keep you apprised of plans to reschedule the Annual Meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Annual Meeting of the combined membership of CEED and C5, scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020, at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, VA.

We are in the process of completing the day’s agenda. Much like previous meetings, we plan to offer a recap of FY2019 award activity, highlight projected FY2020 opportunities, review CMG consortium management and OTA administration processes and provide updates on OTA policy developments. We also have confirmed several senior-level speakers from DoD, and we are awaiting confirmation from others.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Bruce D. Jette, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). Dr. Jette is an advocate for the use of Other Transaction Authority to accelerate delivery of new capabilities to the Warfighter. We also will hear from Dr. David W. Pittman, Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and Director of Research and Development and Chief Scientist of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Pittman has played a key role in the transition of the program management of the Army’s OTA with CEED to ERDC. Ms. Katie Arrington, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, will brief and respond to questions on DoD’s implementation plans for the CMMC program, which addresses the new cyber-security requirements for all DoD contractors. We anticipate that a number of defense program managers will join us as well, and we encourage you to extend an invitation to your Government customers.

There is no cost to attend the meeting, but registration is required. We have reserved a limited bloc of rooms at a special rate for March 22 and 23, 2020, at The Ritz-Carlton. We plan tentatively to begin the program at 9 am and know it will conclude around 5 pm. We will keep you apprised of the agenda as it develops. We hope you will be able to join us – and to stay for a reception in the hotel immediately following the Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on March 23.

MARCH 2020


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202


Dear VLC Members,

We have concluded the election process for the VLC Board of Directors holding Category A Seats.  These are two year positions to be held until December 2021.

The following have been elected by majority vote to represent the member classes for 2020-2021:


Supplier   Tom Von Eschenbach, Collins Aerospace
Engine Jerry Wheeler; ATEC
Other Defense Contractor run-off election open until 12/18/2019
Academic/Nonprofit Inder Chopra, University of Maryland

The remaining Category A seats are appointed: 

Large OEM (2) Keith Flail, Bell TextronEric Streich, The Boeing Company
Large Traditional Defense Contractor (1) Mike Riley, Raytheon


The elected board members (above) will be joined by the continuing Category B Board members listed below who serve until December 2020:

Academic: Marilyn Smith, Georgia Tech
AHS: Michael Hirschberg, AHS
Large OEM: Nick Lappos, Sikorsky
Large Contractor: James Conroy, Northrop Grumman
Supplier: Michael Thome, SAIC
Small VTOL: John Piasecki, Piasecki Aircraft

John Stough, JHNA

We are fortunate to include this outstanding group in our leadership!

Best regards, 

Gerry Graves
VLC Consortium Administrative Organization
315 Sigma Drive
Summerville SC 29486
Vertical Lift Consortium


Annual Membership Meeting Changed to Virtual Meeting

Dear VLC Member,
Our Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled for April 22nd, will happen. However, because of the Corona Virus and the subsequent cancellation of AAAA, the Executive Committee has decided that we will hold our meeting virtually. Our CAO’s experience in hosting virtual events and the uncertainty about when we can gather again in person prompted this decision. An agenda for the meeting and instructions for joining will be forthcoming, but we plan to convene at 0900 and adjourn at 1200 on April 22nd. This will be followed by 2 one-hour training sessions beginning at 1300. It is regretful that we will not be together onsite at AAAA, but we will continue to move forward with our VLC activities!
Best regards,
Gerry Graves, Ph.d.
VLC Managing Director

Dear VLC Member,

This year’s VLC Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) will be held on April 22, 2020, in conjunction with the AAAA 2020 Summit at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.


We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Patrick H. Mason, Program Executive Officer, PEO Aviation, has accepted an invitation to meet with us for the morning session. We will also provide an educational/training session in the afternoon, including sessions on the AMTC OTA proposal process and Cybersecurity. We plan to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22nd, break for lunch, then adjourn no later than 4:00 pm in time for the AAAA Exhibit Hall opening.   

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! To register, please visit the event website. The site also includes further information about the venue, hotel, as well as a working agenda. Please be sure to check back for updates and additional information. 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone in April!

Crista Hartenstein
VLC Consortium Administrative Organization
315 Sigma DriveSummerville SC 29486
P. 843.760.3329
vertical lift


The Air Force (AF) is holding an Industry Day at the Holiday Inn Dayton Fairborn in Ohio, in preparation for the release of the Resilient Embedded GPS/INS (R-EGI) requirement on March 10, 2020. The AF is requesting comments and questions to the draft Statement of Need (SON) by March 6, 2020. You may access the draft SON in the CMG portal under the CMG Opportunities tab. Questions and comments should be sent to Please note the Bidder’s Library will not be available until the official release of the SON following Industry Day. It will include the draft Statement of Work (SOW), draft System Requirement Document (SRD) design, draft Interface Control Documents (ICD), and draft Government Reference Architecture (GRA) as well as other relevant documentation.

The Industry Day will provide more details on the requirement and provide members an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the AF team. There is no fee to attend the event, but registration is required. The registration form will also include requests for a (20) twenty-minute one-on-one session with the Government. Day One of the event will consist of Government briefings, followed by the one-on-one sessions, and an evening reception. Day Two and Three, if needed, will be for one-on-one sessions only.

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate for March 9 through 12, 2020.

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CMG would like to call your attention to an update following the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) Industry Day, which was hosted by the Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S). The Army has released the Industry Day Questions & Answers (Q&As) from the virtual event. Those Q&As are available in a announcement.

In preparation for the anticipated release of a Request for White Papers (RWP) in April, members can request access to the planned TITAN Bidder’s Library ahead of time. Please send your request to CMG with your organization’s name, CAGE code and POC information. (Please reference TITAN Bidder's Library in the subject line.) The POC information includes the name(s) and email(s) for all those requiring access. 

The TITAN Bidder’s Library is not currently available.  It will ONLY be available when the Army officially releases the RWP.