The Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) was commissioned by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as a DoD initiative. The goal was to facilitate collaborative Government, Industry and Academic ordnance technology development and prototyping. Initially, in 2000, the National Armaments Consortium (NAC) was partnered with the Army’s Warheads and Energetics Technology Center, or WETC, located at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. Shortly after the NAC/WETC partnership was forged, the NAC expanded its role and became the industrial/academic component of the newly formed DOTC when it was stood up as a purple organization in December 2002.
The NAC is the industrial/academic component of the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium, an enterprise established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to serve as the focal point for ordnance system technology research and development to address the Department of Defense’s long range science and technology objectives. To learn more about the National Armaments Consortium, click here.


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Integrate the DoD Ordnance community to work collaboratively in RDT&E of prototype solutions to advance and transition ordnance systems, subsystems and component technologies.


DOTC operates under Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) (10 U.S.C. 4022) between the Government and ATI, the acting NAC Consortium management firm. ATI also serves as a single point contracting agent for the DOTC. This unique model has resulted in more than 1,100 initiatives awarded to NAC members totaling more than $5.2 billion since 2009.


To enhance our Warfighter’s lethality, survivability and combat effectiveness by facilitating the industrial and academic research, development and technology demonstrations needed to advance and expand our military technological superiority.


A key feature of the enterprise is its ability to leverage the capabilities and investments of all of its constituents – Government, Industry and Academia – to maximize Return on Investment. This is accomplished through its joint planning and project execution process. In operation for the last sixteen years, DOTC is available to all service laboratories and any other Government Agencies to aid in development and prototyping of advanced concept warheads, energetics, fuzes and other ordnance items.

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Technologies and materials, such as bullets, cases, projectiles, primers, and semi-fixed components that are shot from weapons.

  • Small Caliber
  • Medium Caliber
  • Large Caliber
  • Non-Lethal Ammo
  • Mortars
  • Grenades
  • Logistics
  • Other
Technologies related to the recycle, recovery, re-use, or reduction of munitions, weapons, and ammunition from DoD inventory.
  • Disassembly of Munitions
  • Munitions Recycle, Recovery, and Re-Use
  • Munitions Destruction and Final Disposition
  • Removal of Energetic Materials from Munitions
  • Waste Stream Treatment
  • Disposal Logistics
  • Other

Weapons, systems, components, technologies and effects using all parts of the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum, as well as Magnetism, Acoustics, and high-energy particle mechanisms.

  • High Energy Lasers
  • Electro-optic
  • Radio Frequency
  • Multispectral
  • Magnetism
  • Acoustic
  • Particle Beam, Thermal and Other Energy Modalities
  • Prime/Pulse Power
  • Beam Forming
  • Other

Technologies that are relevant, enable or complement armaments or weapon systems for the DoD.

  • Materials
  • Manufacturing and Process Technologies
  • Modeling and Simulation and Virtual Prototyping
  • Precision Guidance
  • Power Sources
  • Weaponization
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Soldier and Soldier Weapon Performance
  • Other

Materials with high levels of stored chemical energy that can be released.

  • Explosives
  • Propellants
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Ingredients
  • Additive Manufacturing for Energetic Materials
  • Other

Components and component technologies to enable improved munition capability with higher reliability in support of warheads and munitions for all the services weapons against the appropriate array of targets.

  • Hard Target Fuzing Technologies
  • Tailorable Effects Fuze Technologies
  • High Reliability Fuze Technologies
  • Enabling Fuze Technologies
  • Safe & Arm Fuzes
  • MEMS
  • Fuze Producibility
  • High G-Force
  • Fuze Sensors
  • Other

Technologies to minimize the severity of response to the IM classes of threats (fast cookoff, slow cookoff, bullet impact, fragment impact, sympathetic detonation, and shaped charge jet) and/or reduce the probability of an IM event for current and future munitions.

  • High Performance Missile Propulsion
  • Minimum Signature Missile Propulsion
  • Blast Fragment Warheads
  • Anti-Armor Warheads
  • Gun Propulsion
  • System Level Demonstration
  • Other

Technologies that provide the ability to detect, disable, survive, and/or defeat, and to determine the threat that enemy weapon systems pose.

  • Threat Detection and Tracking
  • Countermeasures, Counter Countermeasures & Anti-Tamper
  • IED Detection and Destruction Technology
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Armament Survivability
  • Equipment Survivability
  • Demolitions
  • Active and Passive Armors
  • Other
Objects or weapons that are launched, dropped, self-propelled (guided or unguided) or otherwise projected to strike long, medium, or short range targets. The following categories include guidance and control, propulsion, ballistics, materials, and logistics.
  • Air-to-Air
  • Air-to-Surface
  • Surface-to-Air
  • Surface-to-Surface
  • Shoulder Launched
  • Other

Sensor systems, subsystems, components, and technologies to accomplish Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance functions as well as targeting, situational awareness, and higher command and control functions.

  • Multispectral
  • Data Processing and Data Links
  • Tactical Cyber
  • Electronic Warfare
  • GPS Denied
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Command, Control and Networking
  • Other

Materials or sections of a weapon system that are intended to destroy a target.

  • Shaped Charge/Explosively Formed Penetrator
  • Kinetic Energy
  • Multipurpose
  • Unitary
  • Other

Weapons, weapon systems, components and related systems to include targeting and fire control.

  • Small Caliber
  • Grenade Launchers
  • Medium Caliber Cannons
  • Mortars
  • Large Caliber Artillery
  • Non-lethal Weapons
  • Mechanisms & Effects
  • Fire Control
  • Accessories
  • Electric Weapons
  • Aera Denial
  • Joint Service Small Arms Program
  • Other