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.

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


Dear VLC Member,

We are excited to announce the next VLC Members Forum to be held virtually.

Tuesday, July 28th from 1300-1715 Eastern Daylight Time.

This half-day event is designed with the Army Futures Command as the centerpiece and will also include an Air Force Agility Prime presentation, a PEO Aviation Future Operations presentation and a review of the Future of AMTC in 2021 and Beyond. A link to the event website, which will include registration and a draft agenda, is forthcoming. Participation is complimentary for VLC members in good standing.

Additionally, the program will also feature a New Members session to provide an opportunity for VLC member organizations that joined in 2020 to briefly introduce themselves. Each organization will have a maximum of one minute to brief a single power point slide, template attached. Slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested, please email your completed slide to as soon as possible to reserve a spot. 

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to at any time with questions. 


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


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.