National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC)
Hires Daniel Pierson as Business Development Consultant
Pierson Contracted as Consultant to the NAMC to focus on
Manned Ground Vehicle System Business Development
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANN ARBOR, Mich., September 18, 2017 – The National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) announced today that they have hired Mr. Daniel Pierson, Deputy, PEO Land Systems (retired), United States Marine Corps as a consultant to perform business development in the manned ground vehicle system technologies space.
Before retiring in July of 2015 to start his own consulting company, Mr. Pierson had over 33-years’ experience as an acquisition professional with systems engineering, modeling & simulation, software engineering, instrumentation systems, training systems, and program management.
In his roles as Deputy, PEO Land Systems, Mr. Pierson initiated and led the effort to establish the Joint Center for Ground Vehicles (JCGV) between the Army and Marine Corps. This represented the first time ever, management of the entire joint ground vehicle fleet at the enterprise level. The JCGV was officially started in August of 2010 and is responsible for the establishment of the Defense Mobility Enterprise, which is the NAMC and the Government collaborating under a Section 815 Other Transaction Agreement.
“Mr. Pierson was an easy choice for us, given his history in helping create our enterprise.” Said Tony Melita, Executive Director of the NAMC, “Dan has always been a supporter of this type of collaboration between Government and Industry/Academia and evangelized its benefits to the warfighter throughout his time with the Government.”
Mr. Pierson was selected as part of a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process that realized six candidates for the position. A subcommittee of NAMC’s Board of Directors performed as the selection committee, interviewing all six candidates and choosing Mr. Pierson to enter into a consulting agreement with the consortium which was executed earlier this month.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue supporting a community I care a great deal about,” said Mr. Pierson, “I believe in giving Program Managers all the tools possible to be successful and the Consortium OTA model is a great way of solving complex problems and reducing risk in programs through prototyping.”
The NAMC, a non-profit 501c3 corporation, was formed in July 2014 and operates under a section 815 Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. The OTA covers the entire range of ground systems technologies for manned and unmanned vehicle and robotics systems. The NAMC, through the OTA, is available to be utilized by each of the services and is administered on the Government side by the Vehicle and Robotics Program Office (VRA PO) in Warren, MI. For more information about the consortium, or for joining, please visit www.NAMConsortium.org.Read More
NDIA Michigan Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS)
Novi Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, Michigan 48374
Visit NAMC in the Defense Mobility Enterprise (DME) Booth 502!Read More
May 19, 2017
This is to advise that the Government has released the solicitation (W56HZV1-15-R-0156) for the Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS) Type I to include the Engineering &Read More
May 18, 2017
This is to advise that the Government has released the solicitation (W56HZV-17-R-0065) for the Common Robotic System (Individual) CRS(I) program of record. The solicitation is expected to result in the award of up to two IDIQ contracts for CRS(I) systems made up of a mobility platform, payloads, and an Operator Control Unit (OCU).
Click HERE to access the RFP.
MDEX- NDIA Michigan Defense Exposition
Macomb Community College (MCC) Expo Center, Warren MI
14500 E. 12 Mile Road Warren, MI 48088
Visit NAMC at booth B16Read More
March 15, 2017
The document below describes how companies interested in evaluating the Multi-robot Operator Control Unit version 4 (MOCU 4) software, in connection with the Army’s Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS(I)) program, can apply to obtain the MOCU 4 source code via a Limited Purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (LP-CRADA) with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific).Read More
TARDEC has announced that registration for their Industry Days 2017 event is now open. This event is scheduled for April 25th & 26th at the John Lewis Conference Center; Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. To RSVP to attend, please click HERE.Read More
USSOCOM is seeking submissions via a Request for Information (RFI) concerning hybrid, fuel cell, and electric powertrain systems for a four (4) passenger Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV), with a Vehicle Curb Weight (VCW) less than 2,500 lbs.Read More
April 25-26, 2017
John Lewis Conference Center,
Macomb Community College
TARDEC recently released their updated 30-Year Strategy document (OCT 2016). Please click HERE to download a PDF of the document. It is recommended that you review the strategy when forming your comments and considering the projects in the DME FY18 Annual Plan. This document will also be posted to both the NAMC Member Site and BIDS.
Army Forum for Innovative Novel Discovery (FIND)
All NAMC Members:
On 03-04 October at the Fall Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) will conduct a pilot effort called FIND (Forum for Innovative Novel Discovery). The purpose of FIND is to provide industry with an opportunity to present their most innovative project/idea to key Senior Army Leaders and receive feedback and to provide the Army with an opportunity to discover possible game changing technologies.Read More
Intuitive Robotic Operator Control of Autonomous Behaviors Challenge
The Ground Combat Element (GCE) branch of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) is interested in gathering information to further its understanding of currently available technologies that could provide a Marine with the ability to control a ground robot comparable to the way a squad of dismounted Marines interacts in an operational context.Read More
The Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground Belvoir Division (ACC-APG-Belvoir), has released a special notice to inform interested parties about the Government's interest to establish an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) under 10 U.S.C. 2371 to support the CERDEC NVESD's technology requirements as related to enhancing the mission effectiveness of military personnel. CERDEC NVESD is responsible for conducting research, development, and acquisition of night vision and electronic sensor and sensor suite technologies that enable United States forces to see, control, and assess the battlefield around the clock and in all battlefield conditions.
The NAMC Board of Directors would like to assess NAMC members’ interest and capacity to support work defined in this Sources Sought solicitation. Our perspective is that while sensor technology is often developed independently from vehicles, the Consortium’s membership has a significant capacity to support the research, and a significant application of sensor technology is focused on vehicle systems.
Please <a href="https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=62ffd605c5416d82e31acdde7a2c27a9&_cview=0">click here to read the solicitation</a> in its entirety, including the technology areas.
Please <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPL25H6">complete a 13-question survey</a>. This survey will be open until 5 PM EDT on Friday, June 17th 2016.Read More
The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
2016 TARDEC INDUSTRY DAYS
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26-27, 2016
John Lewis Conference Center, Macomb Community College
14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
This is to advise that the Government has released a survey / request for information (RFI) -- Solicitation Number: W56HZV-16-R-CRSI -- for the Common Robotic System (Individual) (“CRS(I)”) program of record, in advance of the expected request for proposal in Q1 FY17.Read More
In mid-January, TARDEC conducted a kick-off meeting for a new initiative focused on ground vehicle autonomy: the Autonomous Ground Supply Science Technology Objective (AGR STO).Read More
If you have an innovative and revolutionary robotics idea, you may want to consider submitting an application to the DARPA Robotics Fast Track (RFT) program.Read More
Dear NAMC Members – in the following FedBizOps Sources Sought link -- the DoD is conducting a market survey to assess the current state of the art of active protection systems (APS) for armored and tactical vehicles.Read More
Assessing skills of employees is critical in identifying training and other skill development needs. Meet this challenge by registering today for a webinar on workforce gap assessment, brought to NAMC members by EDSI.Read More
The U.S. Government (USG) is examining options to acquire an air-droppable vehicle for inclusion in the Airborne Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) to support forcible entry operations.Read More
Registration Now Open
The Office of Naval Research will be hosting the next Focus Area Forum on Expeditionary Warfare: The Amphibious High Water Speed Challenge, to be held on Thursday 27 August at ONR. Registration to attend the forum is now open at www.onr.navy.mil. Registration to attend this event is required and open to US citizens only. Registration will remain open until August 17 or until we reach capacity.Read More
As part of the 7th Annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering & Technology Symposium (GVSETS) being held from August 4-6, 2015 in Novi, Michigan, the NAMC is organizing Poster Sessions for any organizations or individuals interested in displaying their technical achievements or areas of expertise. If you are interested in participating, please visit NDIA’s GVSETS website for more details and instructions on how to register. Please note that Poster Session Registration will close on July 22nd.Read More
The Robotic Enhancement Program (REP) is a newly established program that uses a “buy-try-inform” methodology to better inform emerging Army requirements and expedite the acquisitions process through the evaluation of robotic solutions. The REP mission is to identify and evaluate commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), government-off-the-shelf (GOTS), non-developmental items (NDI), robot systems, accessories, and or robotic payloads that have the potential to enhance the overall combat effectiveness of the force.
This message is to make the NAMC membership aware that an individual, organization or contractor may propose a relevant robotic item for evaluation under REP.
PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS & CSS), in coordination with the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) will review submissions and prioritize items for further consideration. Selected REP Initiatives may be purchased in limited quantities to enable testing and evaluation.
If you would like to propose robotic related hardware, payload, accessory, and or software for evaluation under REP, please visit their website at http://www.peocscss.army.mil/REP.html or click HERE to access the application.
Best of Luck in your efforts,
The next iteration of the DoD’s Better Buying Power initiatives (BBP3) has been released and can be found here – I thought it might be of interest to you. Its’ primary theme: “Achieving Dominant Capabilities through Technological Excellence and Innovation” -- should resonate with you as that is exactly what NAMC is contributing for Ground Vehicle Systems as the technology development component of the Defense Mobility Enterprise.
With Best Regards and Wishes,
Tony Melita, Executive DirectorRead More
Director of CAO Operations, Ms. Alissa Roath will be speaking at the Michigan Robotics Industry Executive Forum on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 held at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan.
This event, sponsored by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), Macomb County Planning & Economic Develop and Macomb Community College is intended for:
- Commercial companies looking to learn about business opportunities in robotics
- Companies looking to demonstrate robotics or autonomous systems technology
- Military or Department of Defense (DOD) leaders looking to leverage commercial robotics technology
- Innovators or entrepreneurs exploring applications in connected/autonomous vehicles
The agenda features:
Keynote by Mohammad Poorsartep, Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Special Guest Mark Mazzara, Interoperability Lead, Robotics PM Force Projection at TARDEC
For more information, please contact Phil Callihan.Read More
NAMC will be exhibiting at NDIA's Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exposition (GRCCE) Tuesday, April 7, 2015 and Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
The event is being held at:
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Crystal City, VA 22202
Executive Director, Tony Melita will also be speaking at the event.
For more information, please visit the NDIA GRCCE Website.Read More
NAMC will have a booth at NDIA's Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX) Tuesday, April 21, 2015 and Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Please come visit us in booth B12.
The event is being held at:
The Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center
14500 E. 12 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48088
Executive Director, Tony Melita will also be on the agenda on Wednesday afternoon.
For more information, please visit the NDIA MDEX website.Read More
Internationally Recognized Expert in Land Warfare Systems to Lead Expanded Consortium
ANN ARBOR, Mich., August 14, 2014 – The National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) announced today that they have hired Mr. Anthony Melita as Executive Director of the manned and unmanned ground vehicle focused consortium.
Mr. Melita has over 31-years’ experience with U.S. Department of Defense as a civilian ranging from hands-on technology development to serving as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, and concluding as the Director for Land Warfare and Munitions within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
“Tony’s reputation for fairness and integrity as well as his successful career within the Department of Defense made him our top choice for Executive Director of the new NAMC consortium.” Stated Andy Dallas, President of NAMC.
In July, the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) expanded to become NAMC after entering into a section 845 Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. The new OTA greatly expands upon the scope and scale of the OTA that the RTC was awarded in May 2008 for ground robotics technology. The new OTA covers the entire range of ground systems technologies for manned and unmanned vehicle and robotics systems.
“I look forward to leading this new consortium as Executive Director,” said Anthony Melita, “one of my last tasks at the U.S. Department of Defense was creating the robotics consortium, and this expanded OTA is an enormous step for them. It is my pleasure to serve on behalf of the board of directors, the members and military partners of NAMC.”
The NAMC and the OTA is available to be utilized by each of the services and will be administered on the Government side by the newly created Vehicle and Robotics Program Office (VRA PO) at TARDEC in Warren, MI. Mr. Melita will begin his tenure as Executive Director on September 1st, 2014.Read More
New Section 845 Other Transaction Agreement with the Defense Department increases Scope and Scale of the Consortium
ANN ARBOR, Mich.,August 5, 2014 – The Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) today announced that it will now be known as the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) after entering into a section 845 Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. The new OTA greatly expands upon the scope and scale of the current OTA that the RTC was awarded in May 2008 for ground robotics technology. The new OTA covers the entire range of ground systems technologies for manned and unmanned vehicle and robotics systems.
The RTC has been known for successfully engaging “non-traditional” contractors, speeding the cycle of research & development and commercializing cutting-edge robotics technologies for the warfighter. The principle purpose of the NAMC will be to continue to attract new technologies and accelerate the development of basic and advanced prototype systems critical to Department of Defense (DOD) near and long-term ground vehicle system goals and objectives.
The NAMC and the OTA is available to be utilized by each of the services and will be administered on the Government side by the newly created Vehicle and Robotics Program Office (VRA PO) at TARDEC in Warren, MI. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) located in Ann Arbor, MI will remain the Consortium Administrative Organization (CAO) for NAMC.
Chairman of the NAMC, Rick Jarman stated “Since 2008, the RTC has been the ‘go-to’ consortium for rapid technology commercialization for the warfighter in the area of ground robotics. Under the new banner of the NAMC, we now look forward to successfully accomplishing the same for all ground vehicle and systems technologies.”
NAMC will have an information booth at the upcoming NDIA GVSETS conference in Novi, MI August 12-14, where Mr. Michael Del Rose, program officer of the VRA, among others, will speak. More information on GVSETS can be found at www.ndia-mich.org.Read More