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          Innovative and flexible contracting approaches are essential to rapidly field new capabilities.  

Join us in warm, sunny Clearwater Florida for a two-day collaborative training and educational event that will demystify and acquaint attendees with the ‘spirit’ of Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs).  Explore and better understand their potential.  Learn from widely recognized experts, and be inspired by change-makers to do the same. Step outside of “business-as-usual” into an environment where innovative approaches allow for greater possibilities.  Education is the key to unlocking the power of OTAs!

In the execution of science and technology and prototyping programs, the Secretary of Defense shall establish a preference…, for using transactions other than contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants entered into pursuant to sections 2371 and 2371b of title 10, United States Code, and authority for procurement for experimental purposes pursuant to section 2373 of title 10, United States Code – Sec. 867, NDAA 2018

Innovation and the need for increased speed and affordability in DoD acquisition is talked about widely. OTAs (10 U.S.C 2371, 2371b, 2373) and related authorities that permit innovations in contracting and business arrangements can lead to rethinking on a range of related issues. They provide an alternative approach to research and acquisition that can be a catalyst for critical changes throughout the DoD. OTAs allow freedom of contract and freedom to think, prioritizing goals rather than rules in contractual relationships. The essential ingredients for success include personnel who want to accomplish mission goals and are prepared to step outside business-as-usual to do so. Program managers, contracting personnel, fiscal experts and lawyers need to be equipped with the knowledge that enables them to make maximum use of business judgment and common sense; and envision ways of doing things that have seldom or never been done before… this event is for you!

The Secretary of Defense shall – ensure that management, technical, and contracting personnel of the Department of Defense involved in the award or administration of transactions under this section or other innovative forms of contracting are afforded opportunities for adequate education and training… Sec. 863, NDAA 2018

Who Should Attend…
⦁ Senior Leadership accountable for planning, policy and/or implementation
⦁ Program Executives in government and industry who oversee R&D, systems development
⦁ Program Managers responsible for research, development & experimentation
⦁ Contracting and Support Staff in R&D, innovation and acquisition

Course Objectives… Learn to
⦁ Reduce R&D and acquisition time, cost and improve outcomes
⦁ Negotiate and collaborate consistent with commercial practices
⦁ Navigate intellectual property issues
⦁ Attract and do business with non-traditional, innovative companies
⦁ Identify and avoid non value added processes
⦁ Use OTAs to address critical problems with greater agility
⦁ Realize the benefits and potential of Other Transactions

Added Benefits…
⦁ Increase business acumen
⦁ Collaborate with innovative thinkers… and be ahead of the curve.

*Keynote: Lt. General Steven L. Kwast, Commander, Air Education & Training Command