Defense Awards $2.5B Deal for Next-Gen Communications Prototypes

NextGov: The Defense Department awarded the National Spectrum Consortium a five-year prototype other transaction agreement—worth up to $2.5 billion—to steer research and development projects deliberately designed to modernize communications infrastructure, improve spectrum utilization, push forward microelectronics, and ultimately help brace the U.S. for the next generations of wireless technology.

An award notice for the Spectrum Forward Consortium OTA was published by the Pentagon Tuesday afternoon and NSC leadership provided further details on the coming work in a press release Wednesday morning. The original solicitation came from the Army Contracting Command–New Jersey in the Spring, on behalf of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research, and Engineering.

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