About Us

Who We Are

National Spectrum Consortium is a research and development organization that incubates new technologies to revolutionize the way in which spectrum is utilized. Through collaboration between industry partners, academia and Government agencies, we solve the toughest problems the nation faces to enable spectrum co-existence and sharing. Technologies created by the NSC will make bi-directional and multi-directional spectrum sharing in federal and commercial bands, a new norm, hence eliminating a need to relocate systems. Through its advances in R&D on spectrum, NSC continues to provide leadership in spectrum development.

NSC was kick-started through a 5 year, $1.25 Billion, Section 815 Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Emerging Capabilities and Prototyping (ODASD, EC&P).

Currently recruiting a broad and diverse membership that includes representatives from large businesses, small businesses, “non-traditional” government contractors, academic research institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

What We Do

The collaboration between industry and the Government will focus on four major activities:

  • Rapidly maturing and transitioning technologies that assist in improved electromagnetic spectrum awareness, sharing and use.
  • Experimentation to better inform the war fighter and commercial industry of the optimal allocation of those technologies for both public and private objectives.
  • Demonstration of new technologies to increase trust among spectrum stakeholders.
  • Policy development to ensure technologies don't outplace the appropriate guidance for their best use.

Specific industry segments of interest include wireless technologies, radars and signal processing, electronic warfare and spectrum monitoring and sensing.


Having a robust membership that is ready to respond to government needs is key to our early success as a consortium. 

Small Businesses
Large Businesses
Academic Research Institutions

Membership Benefits

  • Networking opportunities with other industry and academia members, as well as government stakeholders, during annual membership meetings and various other conferences and forums
  • Affords greater visibility into the government needs and priorities; provides increased ability to leverage IR&D investments to meet those needs
  • Creates a channel for small companies and non-traditional suppliers to identify opportunities and establish customer relationships
  • Operates through a flexible contracting vehicle capable of multiple taskings with a single set of terms
  • Minimizes cash flow challenges through rapid, single-point contracting capability of the Consortium Management Firm (CMF) and advanced payments for approved projects from the Government to CMF
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