By Wendy Weissner, ACC-New JerseyJune 25, 2013
Army Contracting Command-New Jersey contracting personnel work with their customers and industry members to make sure everyone is moving toward the same goal.
ACC-N.J. supports the Program Executive Office - Ammunition and its program managers. All are members of the Industrial Committee of Ammunition Producers. ICAP is chartered by the National Defense Industrial Association and consists of corporate members from various segments of the ammunition industry.
According to Lawrence A. Visconti Jr, ACC-N.J.'s associate director, the objective of the ICAP is to provide a forum for the open exchange of government and industry views related to the Department of Defense ammunition area.
Visconti's role is to represent ACC-N.J. in discussions on government ammunition acquisition policies, procedures, and actions both in general terms as well as specific contract issues or questions.
"Industry needs to understand our roles as the government and to understand how their actions can cause a procurement to be delayed," said Visconti. "While the program managers and program executive offices are quite capable of discussing the program aspects of requirements, it is important that contracting have representation to ensure this crucial area is clearly and fully explained."
Additionally, Visconti said ACC-N.J. supports the Department of Defense Land Warfare and Munitions Office within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology by execution of an Other Transaction Agreement with the National Warheads and Energetics Consortium providing prototype project solutions for warheads, energetics and munitions development.
NWEC has a membership of more than 170 traditional and non-traditional defense companies and academia. ACC-N.J. has been delegated the authority to award other transaction prototype agreements relevant to weapons or weapons systems proposed to be acquired or developed by the DOD.
The NWEC operates in conjunction with the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium which is a collaborative partnership with the DOD. DOTC was commissioned by the USD (ALT) as a DOD initiative.
The enterprise was established by the under secretary to facilitate collaborative government, industry, and academic ordnance technology development and prototyping. DOTC operates under an OTA between the government and the NWEC that ACC-N.J. administers.