It was a banner year for the CTMA Program experiencing 214% growth in revenue and a 50% growth in the number of funded projects. NCMS partnered with many new government and industry partners on CTMA initiatives as word spread of the high-value impacts to the defense industrial base.
Looking at the nature of the initiatives – big data, artificial intelligence, autonomic logistics, energy, environmental, health, and conditioned-based maintenance plus – the clear priorities across the Services generated an upswing in the number of projects.
To parallel the historic growth in CTMA initiatives, NCMS increased personnel hiring five new program managers, with four out of five being military veterans. NCMS also brought on board four new project assistants and new contract professionals to assist with CTMA initiative execution.
As far as CTMA special events, 2019 surpassed all previous years with four Technology Showcases held at:
- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility
- Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
- Aberdeen Proving Ground-Army
- Fleet Readiness Center-Southwest
NCMS also facilitated a CTMA Partners Meeting at the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, hosted a large booth at the DOD Maintenance Symposium in Spokane, Washington, and supported several meetings hosted by maintenance-focused communities such as Joint Composite & Advanced Materials Sustainment (JCAMS), Joint Robotics Organization for Building Organic Technologies (JROBOT), and Logistics Officers Association and others.
“I expected 2019 to be a great year for the CTMA Program,” says Debbie Lilu, CTMA Program Director. “But our growth surpassed all expectations. The CTMA Program’s mission is the relentless pursuit of innovative maintenance and sustainment solutions at greater value and speed of relevance. All of our CTMA initiatives will greatly benefit our maintainers and enhance readiness. For that, I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish.”