Offers a Faster Path to Contracting with US Government
DroneShield announced on 4 September that it has joined the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) consortium – a body focused on advancing information warfare (IW) capabilities to enhance US Navy and US Marine Corps mission effectiveness
The company was approved to join IWRP as a demonstrated technology leader with competence in both cyber warfare and battlespace awareness – key focus areas for the consortium. As a member of IWRP, DroneShield will gain access to a US Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command’s Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement previously awarded to the consortium. The aggregate amount of this particular OTA across the consortium is $100 million over the next three year period, and the OTA will be used as a vehicle to advance IW technologies and innovation delivery to the US fleet. The OTA enables consortium members to engage in a broad range of activities advancing such technologies, and allows for the delivery of new technology faster and more efficiently than traditional federal acquisition requirements might permit.
In an August release, Rear-Adm. C D Becker, commander of SPAWAR Systems Command, stated “The IWRP OTA will accelerate acquisition and bring non-traditional sources, research and development labs, and industry together to provide new, innovative information warfare solutions.”
“This mechanism is faster and more attuned to getting something quickly that we want today, as opposed to traditional federal acquisition [….] While speed is a critical element, reaching beyond the traditional DoD industrial base, further into the commercial sector to capture new, innovative solutions, is also a key element of the IWRP,” stated Deputy Executive Director of SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic, Bill Deligne, in the same release.
“DroneShield is honoured to be accepted into the IWRP. A key advantage of participating in the IWRP is the ability to deliver DroneShield’s solutions to the US military under the OTA faster and more efficiently than through the traditional US federal acquisition process,” commented DroneShield CEO, Oleg Vornik.