In September 2021, the Naval Energetic Systems and Technologies (NEST), a partnership between the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division and the National Armaments Consortium, released 56 statements of need for prototype munition technologies, including hypersonic weapons, different kinds of propellants, warheads, logistical equipment, and propulsion systems. More rounds of solicitations are planned every six months. NEST was stood up in March 2021 to address industrial challenges related to energetics, a key part of munitions and other conventional weapons. In August 2021, NEST hosted a “collaboration event” at National Harbor, Maryland, where Navy technicians and engineers were directly able to brief and discuss their program requirements.
The Naval Energetic Systems and Technologies (NEST) Program is a collaboration executed under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NWSC IHD) to address the most significant energetics-related challenges facing our nation. This program is critical in enabling the Navy, Marine Corps and the entire Department of Defense to address current and future security threats in the surface, subsurface, air, ground, littoral, and expeditionary environments. The partner organizations will foster a collaboration among the government engineers, researchers, and technologistsand the National Armament Consortium’s (NAC) 900+ members from industry and academia.