||From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics: |
Manufacturing Innovation and Technological Superiority
||Keeping Track of Horseshoe Nails |
—Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment
Bradley K. Nelson
The central need for an adequate and reliable supply of critical warfighting materials long before the outbreak of hostilities applies to both big-ticket items and simpler and more generic ones.
||Stitching Together the “Digital Thread” |
One institute is charged with expanding the field of “digital manufacturing and design,” or the creative use of data at every stage of the manufacturing process to increase efficiency and speed while cutting cost.
||Manufacturing Technology Program |
― Bringing Innovation to the Warfighter
Tracy Frost and Scott Frost
The ManTech Program is charged with bringing affordable cutting-edge technologies to acquisition program managers through new manufacturing and production processes and systems.
||When America Makes, America Works |
― A Successful Public-Private 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Partnership
Jennifer Fielding, Ph.D.; Ed Morris; Rob Gorham; Emily Fehrman Cory, Ph.D.; and Scott Leonard
This national institute aims to accelerate additive manufacturing innovation and its widespread adoption by bridging the gap between basic research and commercialization
||The Breath of Life |
—Rising From the Valley of Death
Expansion of domestic and commercial production of materials—including cutting-edge technologies—essential to national defense is a strategy for controlling national defense costs.
||Bringing Metals Into the 21st Century |
Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow looks to revolutionizing the melting, shaping or casting of metal to meet current manufacturing and defense needs, while conserving resources and energy.
—Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing
Eric Forsythe, Ph.D., and Benjamin J. Leever, Ph.D.
The Silicon Valley’s regional electronic manufacturing entrepreneurs and a robust U.S. network of manufacturing nodes are harnessed to advance a national flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing ecosystem.
||AIM Photonics |
—Tomorrow’s Technology at the Speed of Light
Transmitting light through optical fiber is being examined as a way to increase the speed and complexity of electrical devices without a drastic increase in cost or in power consumption and heat that could create a barrier to further miniaturization.
|A Fabric Revolution |
—AFFOA Is Weaving the Next Fiber and Textile Revolution
Stephen Luckowski, Deborah Kahan and Abhai Kumar
Breakthroughs in fiber materials and manufacturing soon will produce fabrics that sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health and change color.
|Strategic Planning |
— Shaping Future Success
There are many approaches to strategic planning for defense program managers, but they all should begin with a clear vision of what an organization is trying to achieve.
|Holistic Contract |
— Administration in Army Forces Abroad
MAJ Tina L. Ramirez, USA; Donald P. Gatewood; SSG Eric L. Kirkpatrick, USA; SSG Krishna K. Menon, USA
The Army Expeditionary Contracting Command’s Contingency Contract Administration Services mission in Kuwait and Qatar found ways to polish, realign and use its existing resources to administer its service contracts.