DME Collaboration Day One-on-One Sessions
Defense Mobility Enterprise (DME) participants, Agreements Officer Representatives (AORs) and members of NAMC, are encouraged to engage in frequent exchanges from the earliest identification of a requirement up to the submission of proposals. The DME, enabled by the Ground Vehicle Systems (GVS) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), allows for open communication and collaboration between its Government customers and NAMC members. Because the DME OTA requires all NAMC members to have a current DD2345 (MILITARILY CRITICAL TECHNICAL DATA AGREEMENT), fuller more detailed discussions using Distribution C and D information can be shared. This level of discussion can be very beneficial and results in:
- Greater clarity of customer requirements
- Increased awareness of industry’s capabilities, products and services
- Focused IRAD by NAMC members
- Increased cost savings
- Higher quality contract deliverables
- Fewer performance problems
- Increased competition, including greater use of nontraditionals and small businesses as prime contractors or in facilitating subcontracting opportunities
One mechanism that the DME employs to facilitate this enhanced communication is by conducting periodic Collaboration Days – formal meetings between DME customers (AORs and Technology Managers) and NAMC members. In doing so, there are certain rules that need to be followed:
Guidance for Industry
- Communicate with honesty, integrity, and mutual respect.
- Respect the 15 minute time limit.
- Be a good listener.
- Prepare a list of questions in advance to help focus the conversation
with the goal of informing on your unique capabilities as they
may relate to the customer’s technical challenges.
- Share ideas to best serve mutual interests.
- Don’t discuss how/why past proposals were selected.
- Don’t discuss pending awards, source selection, or current
negotiations (the agreements officer must be present for these
types of conversations).
- Don’t ask about potential funding levels.
- Don’t discuss terms and conditions or other OTA contract specifics.
- Don’t discuss your competitors in any manner.
- TARDEC External Business Office – Partnerships and Collaboration
- TARDEC Product Lifecycle Engineering – Environmental, Coatings, Corrosion, Metals, Elastomers, Composites, Advanced Materials, Material Maturation, Additive Manufacturing, Lightweighting, Joining/Welding
- TARDEC System Simulation & Testing
- TARDEC Ground Systems Cyber Engineering
- TARDEC Ground Vehicle Survivability & Protection (GVSP)
- TARDEC Ground Vehicle Power & Mobility (GVPM) – Powertrain, Engine, Transmission, Thermal Management (heat exchanger, fan, fan drive), real time controls, Energy Storage and Fuel Cells, Powertrain Electrification, Track & Suspension
- TARDEC Ground Vehicle Robotics (GVR)
- Office of Naval Research (ONR) – Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism S&T Department
- TARDEC Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) – Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV)
- U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division
- TRADOC Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) for the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE)
- U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Services Support (PEO CS&CSS) – Unmanned Ground Systems, Petroleum and Water Systems, Bridging
- Program Executive Office Land Systems Marine Corps – Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR)
- U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) – Family of Special Operations Vehicles (FOSOV)
One on One registrations is now closed.