National Spectrum Consortium Provides Opportunity for Government-Funded Electromagnetic Spectrum R&D
Government Contracting Law Report
July 2015

Partner Chip Yorkgitis and senior associate Beth Johnson co-authored the Government Contracting Law Report article “National Spectrum Consortium Provides Opportunity for Government-Funded Electromagnetic Spectrum R&D.” On April 3, 2015, the recently formed National Spectrum Consortium (“NSC”) entered into a five-year, $1.25 billion, Section 845 Prototype Other Transaction (“OT”) Agreement with the U.S. Army Contracting Command- New Jersey acting on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (“ODASD”), Emerging Capabilities and Prototyping (“EC&P”). The article outlines the implications including that the OT Agreement requires the “participation to a significant extent” of a “non-traditional government (or “defense”) contractor” at any level of the project or, alternatively, a 33 percent cost share on all projects awarded.