CTMA Connector September 2013: DoD Maintenance Update
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Welcome to The CTMA Connector, a monthly newsletter designed to provide news and ideas about the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) program. The CTMA program is a joint Department of Defense/National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (DoD/NCMS) effort promoting collaborative technology development between industry and the DoD maintenance and repair facilities.
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Save the Date- Additive Manufacturing Virtual Workshop
A virtual event to expand the use of additive manufacturing in support of Department of Defense (DoD) maintenance & sustainment initiatives. Participate to learn how the DoD, NASA, and the Department of Energy have been using this “new” technology for over two decades and how it can help solve your maintenance needs. November 13, 2013 AGENDA
NCMS Teams Up with Marines to Optimize Warfighter Logistics
The NCMS Coalition Logistics Interoperability Joint Logistics Integration (CLI-JLI) team recently participated in Defense Department exercise to assess the interoperability of multi-national logistic systems on the battlefield. The ability to optimize the logistics supply chain of US forces with our international allies on military missions becomes critical to maintain system readiness and insure safety of soldiers in the field.
Over 1800 personnel participated with 600 pieces of equipment from 35 partner nations to evaluate procedures to reduce redundancy in logistical assets and increase the overall interoperability for future coalition operations.
This exercise continues NCMS’ support of Department of Defense (DoD) efforts for logistics inter-operability including Sense and Respond Logistics (S&RL) demonstrations, technical development initiatives, technology and efforts to develop of the necessary tools required to optimize logistics. MORE
Army Rapid Innovation Fund Broad Agency Announcement
The goals Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) reflect DoD’s emphasis on rapid, responsive acquisition and the engagement of small, innovative businesses in solving defense needs. The RIF is seeking projects that address innovative technology that resolve operational challenges or other critical national security needs, and has a demonstration path into a defense acquisition program, including, but not limited to capabilities that:
Accelerate or enhance a military capability
Reduce the development, acquisition, sustainment, or lifecycle costs of defense acquisition programs or fielded systems
educe technical risk
Improve the timeliness and thoroughness of test and evaluation outcomes.
The Technology Insertion Program for Savings’ (TIPS’) mission is to increase the rate that new cutting-edge technologies are inserted into DoN Acquisition programs in order to significantly reduce operations and maintenance support costs. The program is structured to rapidly transition applicable commercial off-the-shelf solutions and late-stage development technologies from any source to meet an immediate need. TIPS provide execution year funding for a rapid start, bridging the gap until the program of record can fund the completion of the technology insertion.
The Navy has issued a data call for new proposals under this program. Funded projects can receive up to $2M in funding for 2 year.
Defense Logistics Agency Selects I.D. Systems to Manage Industrial Vehicles with Secure Wi-Fi Technology
I.D. Systems, Inc., a leading provider of wireless solutions for securing, tracking and managing high-value enterprise assets, has received a contract from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) to deploy I.D. Systems’ PowerFleet™ Vehicle Management System (VMS) on a fleet of material handling equipment at the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) facility at Robins Air Force Base (AFB), Georgia. The system is being deployed for an initial pilot phase, with the potential to expand more broadly across the DLA and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
NCMS is a non-profit organization, funded in part by the DoD, that forms partnerships between the DoD and private industry under the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) program. NCMS facilitates development, deployment and validation of innovative commercial technologies that provide operational benefits and cost savings for DoD maintenance activities.
Technology developed under the Fast Field Fluid Assessment Support Tools (3FAST) project was recently purchased by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard purchased 18 sets of Q1000 and Q3000 from Spectro.
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