Students at Center for Combat Systems Unit Great Lakes use technology in the Ship’s Self Defense System lab while going through Operations Specialist “A” School April 26. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Walsh)

Navy Seeing ‘Explosion’ in Use of OTA for IT, Cyber Development Work

The last several years of Defense spending have a seen a more than seven-fold increase in the amount of money being spent through other transaction agreements for technology development. And although the Navy has been a relative latecomer to OTAs compared to its sister services, the approach is taking off in a big way in the areas of information technology and cybersecurity.

In August, the Navy announced it was increasing the ceiling value for its Information Warfare Research Project OTA to $500 million after having exhausted its initial $100 million ceiling in just a little over a year-and-a-half. Meanwhile, last month, officials announced the project’s first three programs to have moved from prototypes to full-blown production systems.

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