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April 20, 2017 C5 begins operating under the terms of its new OTA with the United States Army Contracting Command – New Jersey. The new OTA is valid for ten (10) years with an estimated overall project award volume of $2 billion. The new OTA contains some new features, most notably a lower management fee.
April 18, 2017 C5 hosts its first combined Annual Meeting with its sister organization, Consortium for Energy, Environment and Demilitarization, in Washington, DC, attended by almost 300 members and guests. C5 was joined by its acquisition and program partners from Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (U.S. Army Contracting Command – NJ and U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center) and its team of policy experts, who provided updates on legislative and policy changes in Other Transaction (OT) Authority acquisition; modifications affecting C5 award procedures; Government and member data rights; and DoD funding prospects under the new Administration and new Congress. The Meeting included detailed briefings by representatives of the Army Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology); U.S. Army Cyber Command; Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense; U.S. Army PEO Enterprise Information Systems; and Department of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Military Satellite Communications Directorate, addressing areas in which C5 members, through the use of OT Authority, can support their program missions, including specific upcoming requirements to be released by C5.
February 24, 2016 C5 hosts its first Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. C5 was joined by its Government Sponsor from U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) and its team of policy experts who provided expanded explanation on the Fiscal Year 2016 statutory changes affecting OTA use. C5 also was joined by a representative from ASA(ALT) Cyber Focal, who provided a briefing on upcoming ASA(ALT) opportunities through the use of Other Transaction Authority, especially Cyber Challenge II to be released by C5.
September 30, 2015 C5 completes its first full year of operations in FY2015, receiving more than $57 million in new Initiative Awards for its members under its OTA with the Department of the Army. This includes funding to multiple C5 members as the result of the Air Force’s PlugFest competition and ASA(ALT)’s Cyber Challenge, both high-profile pilot acquisition demonstrations for the respective agencies. Follow-on events with both agencies are anticipated in FY2016.
May 28, 2015 Army Cyber Innovation Challenge Industry Day is held in McLean, VA. In support of its defensive cyberspace operations, ASA(ALT) will partner with C5 for its pilot Cyber Challenge effort to be released in June 2015.
January 20, 2015 The Department of the Air Force invites C5, along with its Government Sponsor, ARDEC, to brief at its Bending the Cost Curve PlugFest Plus (PFP) Information System Acquisition industry day. The event, held at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, focused on use of the C5 Other Transaction Agreement with the Department of the Army to develop “a portfolio of rapid cycle open system component prototyping projects,” led by an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance use case. The Air Force intends to use this pilot case to demonstrate the use of Other Transaction Authority to improve its acquisition process for rapid evolutionary development of open standards–based information systems.
September 26, 2014 C5 is awarded its first Technology Initiative.
July 2, 2014 C5 hosts a kick-off meeting in Washington, D.C. Participants included its management team, its contract administrators and Army program sponsors from Picatinny Arsenal, NJ.
July 1, 2014 C5 formally signs an Other Transaction Agreement with the Department of Army Contracting Command, Picatinny, NJ (ACC-NJ).
March 27, 2013 C5 responds to Department of Army Contracting Command, Picatinny, NJ, Solicitation for Sources Sought for OTA sponsorship.
September 14, 2011 C5 is established.