Analysis

Uptick In DOD Prototype Deals A Harbinger For More Growth

By Daniel Wilson (October 6, 2020, 9:53 PM EDT) -- An explosive expansion in the U.S. Department of Defense's use of streamlined agreements for rapidly acquiring prototype technology is likely only the beginning of long-term growth for such deals, experts say.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in an Oct. 1 report that the Army's use of Other Transaction Authority agreements, or OTAs, had tripled from $1.59 billion in fiscal year 2017 to $4.8 billion in 2019 as the Pentagon increasingly focuses on obtaining new technology.

Those figures echo a Pentagonwide trend the GAO had reported last year for OTAs, which are intended to allow agencies to quickly acquire prototype technology...

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