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2015 CTMA Annual Partners Meeting Register


The 16th CTMA Annual Partners Meeting is a combination virtual and networking event.

This year’s Partners Meeting theme is “Enabling Improved Readiness with Reduced Resources” and participants will discuss methods for successfully implementing technology at maintenance facilities and to identify other technology initiatives that impact weapon system readiness.

Live panel discussions will be via video-conference with rebroadcast over the internet to anyone registering for the event.  Participants can tune-in to the meeting based on their interests in the agenda.

DoD and industry personnel are encouraged to participate at the NCMS Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This year’s program includes nine panel sessions that address improving efficiencies, transitioning new technologies as well as focusing on specific technology capabilities.

Networking reception including table top displays for attendees that are participating at NCMS will be held the evenings of 26 and 27 May.  The technology exhibits will be displayed through the duration of the events.

Virtual Attendees

Virtual attendees can view the CTMA Partners Meeting online through DCO and conference line.

DCO link:


Conference Line:

Audio Line – 888-537-7715,

Passcode – 16161715#


***Depot Commanders panel (Wednesday 830 – 1000) will be available via VTC Link to Virtual Attendees.

VTC link:



Please test all connections prior to the meeting. DCO may require certificate updates to your computer. Please reference for DCO certificate information.


Additional assistance can be requested by contacting

***All Times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)***

Tuesday, 26 May 2015
1700 – 1900 Meet & Greet Reception/Setup Displays
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
0730 – 0820 Continental Breakfast
0820 – 0830 Opening Remarks
0830 – 1000 Depot Commanders Panel

Abstract and Panelists

Each year, DoD Maintenance Depots execute approximately $30B/yr. repairing and overhauling military equipment. With reduced available resources, Depot Commanders are continuously challenged to find innovative ways to produce ready and reliable systems and components to their warfighter customers. This panel will present the Depot Commander’s perspective, challenges and opportunities for technology insertion needed to keep America’s Maintenance Depots efficient and effective providers of materiel readiness.Panel Members:
Moderator – Greg Kilchenstein, OSD Maintenance – MPP
Naval Shipyard – RDML Mark Whitney
Warner Robins Air Logistics Center – BGen Walter J. Lindsley
Anniston Army Depot – COL Brent T. Bolander
Tobyhanna Army Depot – COL Gerhard P.R. Schröter
1000 – 1015 Break
1015 – 1145 Model Based Enterprise

Abstract and Panelists

Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) is an integrated and collaborative environment, founded on 3D product definition shared across the enterprise, enabling rapid, seamless, and affordable deployment of products from concept to disposal. It represents a fundamental shift to 3D from 2D which is a major perturbation from the normal behavior. Several case studies have documented significant savings generated when implementing MBE. Working together with DoD to incorporate best practices with their own suppliers (even if they are internal) to ensure that they are producing the right parts, especially the flight critical components will increase the operational readiness of the warfighter and reduce costs. Along with this adoption, it will increase the collaboration between the OEM and the owner/operator and can reduce or eliminate the redundant work that is currently taking place when a 3D solid model has to be reverse engineered from a 2D drawing. Toyota has shown a 50% reduction in costs. Boeing and BAE Systems have documented similar savings. NAWCAD Lakehurst has shown that it can eliminate a full 30% of the labor required for part fabrication based on data extracted from approved FRC COM maintenance budgets for the F/A-18 program for FY2012 thru FY2014 per fighter across all variants. The approach calculates maintenance avoidance per variant due to the efficiencies of $15.4M in recurring hard benefits due to cost avoidance.The purpose of the forum is to identify challenges, research, implementation issues, and lessons learned in manufacturing and quality assurance where a digital 3D model of the product serves as the authoritative information source for all activities in the product’s lifecycle.Panel Members:
Moderator – Dana Ellis, NCMS
Naval Air Warfare Center Lakehurst – Erik Merk
Siemens PLM Software – Randy Langmead, David Chan and Diane Ryan
Anark – Chris Garcia
1145 – 1245 Lunch
1245 – 1415 Additive Manufacturing and Repair

Abstract and Panelists

At the 2014 Defense Maintenance Symposium held in Birmingham AL, Capt. Frank Futcher OPNAV N4 convened a meeting to broadly assess Additive Manufacturing (AM) initiatives being conducted across the DoD Branches of Service. Today, we will drill down further to look at the priorities being identified/pursued across DoD depot and maintenance activities specifically to enable AM and Repair within those organizations. CTMA-NCMS is looking ahead to establishing its next generation program in AM and Repair after 24 years of successful technology transfer and transition from rapid prototyping to AM within depot activities.Our panel will include IPT leads, engineers and researchers from maintenance communities across DoD who are actively engaged in the planning and implementation of AM and Repair within their organizations.Lastly, we will examine the progression of specific coating processes toward additive build and repair capabilities.Panel Members:
Moderator – Connie Philips, NCMS
AFRL – Mary Kinsella, IPT Lead in AM
NAVSEA – Glenn Gardner, Director for Industrial Engineering and AM
NAVAIR – Elizabeth McMichael, IPT Lead in AM
JDMTP – Stacey Kerwien, AM Community of Practice Lead for Army
1415 – 1430 Break
1430 – 1645 Wiring

Abstract and Panelists

The Department of Defense (DoD) experiences a $2 – $10 billion annual impact due to removal and replacement of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs)/Weapon Replaceable Assemblies (WRAs) which subsequently test No Fault Found (NFF) during depot testing, and are turned right back around to the field. Visual inspection is ineffective in detecting the intermittent faults (IFs), the root cause of this high NFF rate. Military weapon system verification and validation results indicate three out of four aircraft in a mission-ready status contain electrical interconnect issues.Modern weapon systems can have thousands of wiring circuit paths as well as multiple complex electronic LRUs/WRAs. Frequent handling, maintenance actions, aging, and extreme operational environments can all cause progressive deterioration of the performance of wiring systems and LRU/WRA circuit paths. These oftentimes result in solid state opens or shorts, premature failures of a system, degradation of system function, or IFs with the potential for a safety concern. It is therefore very important that all wiring and circuit path faults present be detected, isolated and repaired.Industries such as aircraft, aerospace, telecommunications, and transportation have long recognized automated testing of electrical systems as the optimal way to ensure the integrity of complex, critical systems. Automated test programming and execution quickly and consistently identify opens, shorts, and other wiring problems in cables, harnesses, subassemblies, and final products. It is imperative that the military continue to “up its game” in Advanced Electronics and Wiring Diagnostics.The Joint Intermittent Testing (JIT) Charter leverages current and emerging commercial industry activity for demonstration, testing, and cost analysis. This panel will examine the military Services’ needs for wiring and LRU/WRA circuit path testing and the variety of approaches and technologies they are pursuing to meet their requirements. The panel will focus on technologies to benefit the maintenance spectrum of electrical, electronic, and avionics components and wiring across the DoD enterprise.Panel Members:
Moderator – Dr. Russ Shannon
NAVAIR Lakehurst – Dr. Russ Shannon
Eclypse International – Chris Teal and Thomas Sullivan, Army 160th SOAR(A)
Solavetik – Alain Lussier
Air Force, Warner Robins – Frank Zahiri and Andrew Levy, Ridgetop Group, Inc.
Universal Synaptics – Ken Anderson
Air Logistics and Engineering (ALAE) Consultants – Dr. Douglas Brown
The Ohio State University – Soheil Soghrati and Resensys LLC – Mehdi Kalantari
1645 – 1655 Closing Remarks
1730 – 1900 Evening Tabletop Displays & Networking Reception
Thursday, 28 May 2015
0720 – 0750 Continental Breakfast
0750 – 0800 Opening Remarks
0800 – 0950 Environment/Health Safety/Ergonomics

Abstract and Panelists

This panel will present key issues facing the Services regarding compliance with national mandates to preserve the precious resources of our planet including its most important asset, the health and safety of its workforce. Each Service will have the opportunity to articulate its progress towards meeting its HSE objectives. Additionally, several NCMS/CTMA initiatives will be highlighted that directly impact meeting those objectives.Panel Members:
Moderator – Dr. Kevin Martin, Northern Illinois University
Army, Anniston – Brian Anderson
Northern Illinois University – Dr. William Mills
NSWC Carderock – Jamie Mattern
NAVSEA 04X – Mark Braza
Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton – Gary Funk
0950 – 1005 Break
1005 – 1120 Asset Management

Abstract and Panelists

This panel will address the multiple facets of asset management. Assets to be discussed include both fixed (confined to a relatively small geographic environment such as a factory compound or a defense depot) and mobile (not confined at all). Aspects included in asset management include asset health, utilization optimization, tracking, payload management, transportation cost reduction, and reduction of sustainment costs.Numerous commercial solutions exist. Several CTMA initiatives have addressed asset management but much work remains to be done and deployment of demonstrated initiatives remains spotty. Initiative examples include Smart Machines, CFAMS, and CBM+. Recent hype around the Internet of Things reflects burgeoning interest in asset management.Panel Members:
Moderator – Tony Haynes
5ME – Pete Tecos
Standard Aero – Matt Juarez
I.D. Systems – Greg Smith
Makersweet – Dr. Dawn White
1120 – 1210 Lunch
1210 – 1335 Expeditionary and Joint Maintenance

Abstract and Panelists

The future operating environment of the Joint Force will involve globally integrated operations. This means Joint Force elements will be globally postured and be required to combine quickly with each other to integrate capabilities fluidly across domains, boundaries and organizations. The future environment is forecasted to be increasingly complex and dynamic, where access will be limited and the ability to aggregate and disaggregate forces across dispersed and contested operational areas will be the norm. Return to expeditionary operations means maintenance must be prepared to support Joint Force readiness with more agility and with reduced logistics footprint. Providing maintainers the technology, tools, concepts and processes that enable this style of warfighting is essential to reducing logistics footprint, repair cycle times and increase logistics agility. The panel will examine ongoing maintenance initiatives that increase expeditionary maintenance capabilities and enable greater sharing or integration of maintenance capacity in an expeditionary environment.Panel Members:
Moderator – Steve Morani, Joint Staff Logistics Directorate (J-4)
Spectro – Robert Yurko
USMC I&L LPC-1 – Michael Ryan
Troika Solutions – Bill Black
Rhino Solutions – Matt Edwards
1335 – 1345 Break
1345 – 1510 Weapon Systems Durability/Reliability/Maintenance Avoidance

Abstract and Panelists

Durability/Reliability could be specified in quantitative terms such as Mean-Time-To-Failure (MTTF) and/or the reliability R(t). However, successful military weapon systems requires a mix of reliability requirements that depend on the application, technology maturity, and complexity. All branches of services need to continue, where possible, capitalizing on the developments and changes in technology that will benefit and enhance future warfighting capabilities and improve the functionality and reliability. If there is no intervention for maintenance, the system will fail, whether due to component failure, combat damage, or operator error. Even making near-term improvements, the services must continue to develop the systemic tracking, monitoring, and diagnostic and prognostic capabilities that will transition all branches of services from its current reactive maintenance application to a truly predictive process and structure. Therefore, one should consider not only improvements in weapons systems reliability but also improvements in the maintenance process that will change the emphasis from the current reactive mode to an anticipative one.Relevant technology focus areas: Fuel Leak Detection & Repair, Coatings, & Part RestorationsPanel Members:
Moderator – Robert Bell, Applied Precision Inc. 3D Digitizing Systems & Services
MDS Coating Technologies – Marcio Duffles
Army, Redstone Arsenal – Kristin Walker
Applied Precision, 3D Digitizing Systems & Services. – Robert Bell
Aerowing – Mike Evans
1510 – 1520 Break
1520 – 1650 The Big Data Journey

Abstract and Panelists

In a commercial business, a “shared data environment” is a key and fundamental way in which information technology (IT) supports all aspects of logistical efforts; this concept is also critical to the DoD. The shared data environment promotes functional integration of activities that focus on accomplishing a particular mission or enabling a specific process, such as Total Life Cycle Management or Global Force Management. The project team used a Logical Data Model to help jump-start modeling and overall data analytic implementations requirements. This reference model was utilized to drive the specific information requirements for Marine Corps Logistics. The project team explored how the use of these models could not only determine the data required to meet Marine Corps war fighting priorities, but also the availability and accessibility of that data in the current environment for analytical consumption. The project identified the current state of data and how to transition into an environment that can more readily enable targeted war fighting needs. For the Marine Corps, MCWP 4-1 describes the notion of a “data warehouse” as a means by which to implement the logistics sharing data environment. It refers to the data warehouse as “an ethereal repository” of data that is stored separately from its transactional mission application sources. This powerful data-sharing environment essentially becomes the Marine Corps’ means to gain a complete view of equipment accountability, asset visibility, readiness information, and total ownership costs. The purpose of the Logistics Data Strategy is simply to get the Marine Corps data environment in order, from an enterprise construct. This Logistics Data Strategy developed sets forth a people, process, and technology plan to establish an enterprise data environment, with logistics as the first spiral of an enduring data foundation capability. A key component demonstrated during the project included a discovery platform having SQL-MapReduce framework, which showed how to enable the Marine Corps enterprise capability to conduct required data discovery through iterative analytics against structured and semi-structured data that leads to true data modeling. Finally, a Hadoop environment highlighted the ability to provide cost-effective environment for loading, storing, and refining services to prepare all incoming data regardless of type for analysis. Active data warehousing supports simultaneous long-running strategic and short-running tactical queries.This forum will discuss the required organizational capabilities for enterprise data management and challenges in identifying ineffective, redundant IT systems, factors involved with the implementation of a data-sharing warehouse, and the support required for the product’s lifecycle management.Panel Members:
Moderator – Howard Snow, UGG
United Global Group – Dr. Larry Paige II
NAVSEA 04X – Janice Bryant
Engineering Directorate, AMRDEC – Douglas Felker
GE Software – Todd Stiefler
Tactical Edge – Steve Palmer and Megan Gerstenfeld
1650 – 1700 Closing Remarks
1730 Tear down/Pack Table Top Displays

Sponsorship opportunities for the 16th Annual Partners Meeting can be selected when registering.


Table Top Display

A table top display will be visible throughout the 2015 CTMA Partners Meeting.  Display should reside on the table top.  For additional information, please contact

  • Table Top Display  – SOLD OUT


Additional Details:  

  • Set-up time:  1700-1900, Tuesday, May 26
  • Tear down:  1730, Thursday, May 28 – no packing allowed during ongoing events
  • Standard table top is 6 foot by 18 inches with cloth covering for display purposes.

Please Note the following: 

  • Bring own electrical cords/power strips.
  • No security provided – please remove valuables each evening.
  • Not an exhibition hall; no loading dock and pallet jack equipment available.


CTMA Program Advertisement

Would you be interested in sponsoring an advertisement for your company in the CTMA Program?

This program is distributed throughout the DoD Maintenance and Sustainment Community.

Ads should have 1/8″ bleed with 1/4″ internal safe area.  Final Art should be in CMKY format with a minimum 266dpi and include crop marks.  Acceptable formats include .pdf, .ai, .eps, .tiff. Please outline or include necessary fonts and embed or include necessary images. Please do not exceed 10MB file size.

For additional information about CTMA Program Advertisements, please contact

  • Full Page Ad (8.125″ x 11″) – SOLD OUT ($1000)
  • Half Page Ad (7″ x 4.75″) – SOLD OUT ($500)
  • Quarter Page Ad (3.375″ x 4.75″) – SOLD OUT ($250)

Area hotels within close walking distance to NCMS that provide government rates with proper ID are:

  • Holiday Inn, 3155 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 213-1900
  • Four Points Sheraton, 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 996-0600
  • Fairfield Inn, 3285 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 995-5200
  • Hampton Inn, 925 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 665-5000
A “No Host” golf outing will be held Tuesday, May 26th at 11:00 AM at Ann Arbor’s Stonebridge Golf Course.

For an accurate headcount, please note your intent to attend when registering.

Golf Course dues and fees are not included in event registration.

For more information on Stonebriedge Golf Course, please view their website.

Any questions regarding this event can be directed to Debbie Lilu  734 – 995 – 7038



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3025 Boardwalk
Ann Arbor MI 48108

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