NAMC's mission is to provide the Government with ready, quality access to the broadest population of U.S. ground vehicle system (GVS), sub-system, and component technology developers and providers in a competitive environment; to work in partnership with the Government to implement and refine business processes and tools to streamline individual project contract administration; and to expedite the innovation, development, and production of new GVS capabilities for U.S. warfighters.
NAMC is recognized as the go-to entity and most effective means to conduct research, development, prototyping and production for manned and unmanned autonomy-enabled military ground vehicle systems and related technologies in the United States.
This model of government, industry, and academia collaborating and competing works!
Projects are under contract on an average of 120 days or less from when an approved Statement of Work is provided to the Agreements Officer. Our contract vehicle – a Section 815 Other Transaction (OT) Agreement -- allows us to collaborate and partner with the Government in novel ways: open communication during specific Request for Prototype Projects (RPPs); joint events with the Government in which deeper technology information is shared; negotiable Intellectual Property and Data Rights; and streamlining of processes as a team to speed the contract award. The consortium construct allows the Government to pursue their projects through a “one-stop-shop” of advanced technology providers, ensuring that projects are competed efficiently, to the most qualified providers.
We do this by forming a consortium of members dedicated to bringing their Ground Vehicle System technologies to the warfighter.
Membership is comprised of organizations; defense contractors, non-profits and academic institutions, who submit their technologies in response to RPP calls that are competed only through the consortium. Not only do members compete for projects as prime, there is ample opportunity for teaming and developing other business relationships among the membership. Our ability to speed prototyping and fielding of these technologies is due in large part to our utilization of an OT Agreement. Not only is the OT not subject to Federal Acquisition Requirement (FAR) regulations, it is focused on attracting what we call Nontraditional Defense Contractors or NDCs, these are organizations that typically do not do business with the Government given the regulations imposed upon them. By utilizing the OT mechanism, we can lessen the burden on NDCs and bring their innovative technologies to the warfighter quickly.
Real success is the relationship NAMC has formed with our Government team.
The NAMC is not a “contractor” to the Government, we are a PARTNER. This partnership is what forms the Defense Mobility Enterprise (DME), and the common goal of this Enterprise is to bring advanced Ground Vehicle System technologies to the field as efficiently and quickly as possible. That doesn’t mean we always agree. As a partner, NAMC has the knowledge of the construct and respect of our partners in the DME. This allows us to suggest changes, compromise and represent our members’ best interest in a respectful and collaborative manner. NAMC, in partnership with the Government has created an 85-step process in order to accomplish this. Now, 85 steps may seem like a lot, however these steps are spread out over the partners and is an excellent tool for team members to know exactly what their role is at every point in the process. The process is also reviewed regularly at our semi-annual DME Offsite events; where our team of 30 meets for two days to discuss process issues, develop procedures and address challenges.
We are a Partner to the Government and an Advocate for our Members.
The NAMC works with its members to understand the Enterprise, propose their technologies concisely and accurately and market their technologies to other members and the Government. We are passionate about what we do, because we’ve seen underdogs get the award and we’ve seen technologies change lives. NAMC is organized as a Non-Profit 501(C)(3). As such, profit is not in our business model. We are committed to sustainment and growth of our organization, because we believe it brings the best value to the Ground Vehicle Systems community and advanced technologies to the warfighter more quickly. Dues are kept at a flat, low rate to ensure that they are not a barrier for entry for any organization. No other fees are assessed of our members at this time. For our Government partners, our administration fee is comparably lower than other consortiums.
Our members lay out the strategic direction of the consortium.
Our consortium is member-led, which means, the majority of our Board of Directors are elected from within the membership; the rest of our Board is appointed by our Supported Organizations: The Association for Unmanned Ground Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).
We want you to succeed, and we will help you to do just that.
Our job is to be an advocate for our members – we will work with you to understand the process, we will support you in your discussions and negotiations with the Government, and we will do everything we can to help you get the most from your membership.
We sleep really well at night.
NAMC requires all employees and the Board of Directors to comply with our standard ethics policies which can be found in our Policies & Procedures documents. NAMC's financials are updated and released to consortium members monthly, to promote full transparency into the health and operation of the consortium.