Join us for the 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting “Supplying Game Changing Technology to DoD’s Sustainment Community” which will feature engaging speeches, interactive maintenance focused technology panels, and multiple project presentation tracks featuring condition-based maintenance, additive manufacturing, coatings/corrosion prevention, autonomic logistics, and much more.

2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting

May 7-9
DLA Defense Supply Center
Richmond, VA

Upcoming Key Dates

4/6 – CTMA Technology Competition Submission Deadline
4/12 – CTMA Technology Competition Finalists Announced
4/20 – Registration Closes


If you have any questions or issues, please email our team:


Registration for the 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting is open. Registration fees cover meals and attendance at all events. No discounts or day rates provided. Registration cutoff deadline is April 20, 2018.

Dress Attire

Business casual is acceptable for all events.

Early Bird Registration

Take advantage of early bird pricing! Early bird registration is open through February 28, 2018.

Cancellation Policy

After April 20, 2018, no refunds will be granted.

DLA Base Access Requirements

DLA requires that each attendee is thoroughly vetted prior to gaining on-site access to the facility.  Gender, DOB, and Drivers Licence Number and State are required elements for DLA vetting and access. Additional time and information is required for non-U.S. citizens.  Please, see information below. If you have any questions, please contact

CAC Holders

Those holding an active CAC may insert an “X” in the following registration fields:

  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Drivers Licence #
  • Drivers Licence State

CAC must be present when gaining access to DLA.

Non-U.S. Citizenship Information

The following information is required no later than Thursday, March 2 to allow for DLA processing to obtain security clearance for Foreign National Contractor participation in the event.  All Foreign Nationals will be under escort while on the property. Please complete the registration form and send the following additional information to

  • Full name
  • Organization/Command
  • Passport Number
  • Issue and Expiration Dates of Passport
  • Country of Issue
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
CTMA Partners Meeting - Government $0.00
CTMA Partners Meeting - NCMS Member $400.00
CTMA Partners Meeting - NCMS Member w/ Table Top $450.00
CTMA Partners Meeting - Non-Member $500.00
CTMA Partners Meeting - Non-Member w/ Table Top $550.00




Monday Evening Reception
Tuesday Breakfast
Tuesday Lunch
Tuesday Evening reception
Wednesday Breakfast
Wednesday Lunch


Join us May 7-9, 2018 for the 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting held at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Defense Supply Center in Richmond, VA. This year’s theme is “Supplying Game Changing Technology to DoD’s Sustainment Community.” The 2018 event will feature engaging speeches, interactive maintenance focused technology panels, and multiple project presentation tracks featuring condition-based maintenance, additive manufacturing, coatings/corrosion prevention, autonomic logistics, and much more.

Participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their innovative technology solutions via table top displays. The showcase is open to all NCMS members and non-members as well as government individuals. Your ideas and innovations will drive the next generation of maintenance technology and promote improved warfighter readiness. Please check the NCMS website often to see updates.

Featured Events

The 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting has a jam-packed agenda featuring keynote speakers, multiple project updates, and lots of networking opportunities. The event kicks off on Monday, May 7 with a tutorial for participants to gain complete insight into the CTMA Program and continues through Wednesday, May 9.

DLA TOUR – Monday, May 7

An optional bus tour and historical discussion of Defense Supply Center Richmond, including DLA Aviation, the famous elk herd, and tour of DLA Aviation’s Mapping Customer Operations will be held on Monday, May 7 from 1300-1430.  Space is limited, so be sure to check the required box on your registration form and meet at the CTMA Registration Desk once onsite.

CTMA Competition Shark Tank – Wednesday, May 9

The top six finalists of the CTMA Technology Competition will be granted 10 minutes to present their submission/idea to the audience, followed by five minutes of Shark Tank Q&A with the competition review panel. An overall winner will be voted on and announced immediately following the competition.


Monday, 7 May 2018

0800   Setup Table Top Exhibits
1100   Registration Open
1300   Optional Reserved Tour
Bus tour and historical discussion of Defense Supply Center Richmond, including DLA Aviation, the famous elk herd, and DLA Aviation’s Mapping Customer Operations

1430   Overview/CTMA Tutorial
An in-depth tutorial on concept paper, extensive overview of MIPR requirements, comprehensive overview of CTMA cooperative agreement, NDAA 17 Section 806 update, metricizing CTMA, outreach including updates CTMA website, CTMA completion, CTMA Connector and JTEG

1530   DLA Supply Innovation Overview
1630  Evening Welcome Reception and Table Top Networking

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

0730   Registration and Continental Breakfast
0830   Welcome – DLA Leadership
Brigadier General Linda S. Hurry, Commander, Supply Defense Center Richmond and Defense Logistics Agency Aviation

0845   CTMA/DLA Introductions
0915   Maintenance Keynote Speaker
Kenneth D. Watson, DASD Maintenance Policy, and Programs

0945   Supply Keynote Speaker
1015   Break/Networking
1045   Supply Innovation Panel
Technical forces that are driving the rise of the digital thread and the smart factory, also impact supply chains. This discussion will address technological advancements and digital technologies in the DoD supply chain that link the digital world to the physical factory/depot. You will hear from leaders on Industry 4.0 and related game-changing technologies that are appearing in DoD supply chains and the maintenance community. Intelligent production with connected digital supply networks improves readiness, maintenance and sustainment in support of the Warfighter.

1200   Lunch & Table Top Networking
1330  TRACK 1 – 3 CTMA tracks & 1 Supply Community track (three 30-minute briefs per track)


Business Improvement Process for Maintenance and Sustainment

Oracle Hyperion software off-the-shelf system with certain Air Force-specific requirements has been tested and evaluated towards improving strategic management of Air Force programs, compliance reporting, and performance assessments of budgetary processes.

Adapting Blockchain Technology for Additive Manufacturing

How Blockchain Technology can benefit the supply chain for the DoD. Blockchain Technology supports the warfighter with a transact record of test data sets for individual part history and when changes were made to that part. Blockchain provides validation of manufacturing process for part qualification and certification.

Additive Manufacturing for Fleet Casting Sustainment

Implementing a dual technical solution greatly reduces the cost and lead-time facing commercial foundries:

  • Solidification Analysis tools will be used to evaluate mold design candidates with the ultimate goal of predicting mold flaws numerically before producing molds.
  • Additive Manufacturing technology in the form of “sand printing equipment” will be used to produce physical sand molds directly from digital CAD data.


Improved Rock Strike Performance and Delamination Resistant Laminated Safety Glass and Transparent Armor

A project is underway to find materials and construction methods that withstand strike-face rock and foreign object impact without damage. Additional efforts are underway to characterize how the materials and production methods for laminated glass lead to or prevent delamination between multi-layer plies.

Long-Term Tire Degradation Prevention/Integrated Corrosion

A project is underway to identify and mitigate the causes of tire rubber degradation during storage. A protective tire coating has been developed that enables quick asset utilization after storage and prolongs the life of rubber products in storage.

Performance of a wide variety of mil-spec qualified coating systems was evaluated via accelerated corrosion methods, atmospheric exposure, and electrochemical analysis. The high performance of metal-rich primers prompted further investigations with the addition of co-inhibitors to enhance corrosion resistance even further. Finally, the importance of edge corrosion protection was demonstrated by comparing coatings systems with and without design modifications for the high build of coatings along sharp edges of a complex part.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Aircraft Sustainment and Support for
the FRCs

Manufacturing processes and their accompanying data is often disorganized, unclear, redundant and dispersed throughout the various stakeholders. NAVAIR is working to eliminate those issues by evaluating Siemens Product Lifecycle Management System (PLM) called Teamcenter. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and industry are going digital as is the U.S. Navy.


Advanced Lithium Battery Technology Demonstration for Forklift Trucks

Lead acid batteries have powered forklifts for decades. Everyone accepted its limitations, like multiple battery changes during three shift operations, constant maintenance, and sluggish performance. Lithium forklift batteries are steadily replacing traditional lead-acid batteries in the logistics industry with the goal of providing significant productivity improvements particularly in high-intensity and cold-temperature warehouse applications. Utilizing the DLA’s two largest warehouse sites (DDSP; DDJC), the focus is on evaluating the productivity, safety, maintainability and cost savings of fast-charging lithium-ion batteries versus the traditional, old technology, deep-cycle lead acid batteries.

Large-Standoff Large-Area Thermography (LASLAT) Non-Destructive Inspection of Composite Structures

Evaluate flash thermography has been demonstrated to be a viable alternative to ultrasound for composite NDI—this project will evaluate Large Standoff Large Area Thermography (LASLAT) technology on various weapons systems to increase overall readiness.

Rapid and Agile 3D Scanner with Micron Accuracy for Non-Destructive Inspection

The intent of this initiative is to develop and demonstrate a self-contained NDI Work Cell providing precision dimensional data and part surface finish information for rotor compressor fan blades. The project integrates the development of a next generation, API, “Time-to-spectrum Mapping Interferometry” (TSMI) technology for surface roughness/finish measurement and also combines data analytics and machine learning to quantify inspection processes that are totally Artisan dependent today.

1-D  DLA

Block Chain: The Hot Topic in Supply Chain Management

Block Chain is a distributed database used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to a previous block. A blockchain is typically managed by a peer-to-peer network collectively adhering to a protocol for validating new blocks. By design, block chains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. Some potential benefits and applicability include acceleration of transactions and simultaneously lowering costs, Elimination of layers of redundancies, Efficient and effective mission delivery and Supply Chain Integrity.

Enabling Additive Manufacturing Integration into DLA Supply Chains

As Additive Manufacturing technology continues to mature it increases the possibilities for DLA to use AM parts to reduce lead times, lower costs and expedite delivery of sustainment items. The DLA R&D AM brief describes ongoing developmental efforts that will help set the stage for future procurement strategies.

Securing the Authenticity of the Defense Supply Chain – Anti0Coiunterfeiting Research Efforts at the Defense Logistics Agency

A 2012 Senate Armed Services Committee report revealed more than 1,800 cases of suspect counterfeit parts, representing over 1 million parts. DLA R&D is pursuing projects to aid in the detection and prevention of counterfeit parts in the DOD supply chain. The projects target the key areas of policy, processes and new technology. The Defense Logistics Agency R&D representatives will present the findings of three current projects.

1500   Break/Networking
1530   Sustainment Panel
1700   Evening Table Top Reception

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

0730   Registration and Continental Breakfast
0830   From the Field Keynote Speaker
0915  TRACK 2 – 3 CTMA tracks & 1 Supply Community track (three 30-minute briefs per track)


Advanced Mobile Universal Electrical Tester (AMUET) for Maintenance and Sustainment

While there is sophisticated ATE (Automatic Test Equipment) available to help isolate an anomaly, their high costs (hardware and software), size, weight, portability, and ergonomic issue with handling heavy cabling make them less than desirable. This is particularly true at a remote location in an operational mode where aircraft readiness, repair turnaround time and pilot safety are critical. Come and learn about the successes of AMUET.

Voice Directed Inspection Maintenance System (VIMS)

One solution to be added to the maintainer toolkit is Honeywell’s Vocollect voice-directed solution, which enables technicians to elevate their documentation and compliance to levels never before attainable. Most importantly, it will enable using IMS communities to standardize and modernize maintenance processes to better support business goals and for the DoD, warfighters’ readiness goals.

Scale and Strategy for CBM+ Implementation

GE has been working with NAVSEA to grow CBM+ capability through asset performance management (APM) software. As NAVSEA begins the next phase of implementation, the project looks to scale to the fleet and build strategies to increase readiness using PREDIX APM Reliability Management. GE will present the application of Digital Twins to inform an enterprise-wide CBM+ model.


Intermittent Fault Detection Technology Implementation Procedures, Guidance, and Training

Currently, there is no DoD-approved process that directs the detection and correction of these faults. More significantly, traditional test equipment used to discover opens, shorts, and insulation degradation utilize point-to-point single point-in-time testing technology, so the ability to detect the micro-changes associated with intermittent signals is limited to non-existent. The lack of a standard process to detect intermittent faults contributes to the A799, NFF reports seen throughout the DoD. This presentation will address these challenges and DoD use cases.

Assessment and Concept Development of ZeroG and ZeroG Mag Mount Systems for Hull Applications at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

This innovative, commercially available technology effectively makes the power tool weightless and readily portable. The technology more than doubles a mechanic or shipfitters productivity and has a return on investment often measured in days while dramatically improving safety.

Optimizing the Performance of H-60 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostics System (IMDS) & T700 Engine Electrical System

New technologies are introduced into the military maintenance arena each year. It is prudent for the government to evaluate such technologies carefully prior to implementation. This presentation highlights recent success of certain U.S. military activities during Phase maintenance involving electrical system maintenance and emerging technologies. Platforms include USMC – V-22, MH-6M, MH-60M, MH-47G, and more.


Analysis of Maintenance Expenditures to Optimize Innovation Prioritization and Resourcing for Naval Shipyards

The study will develop a model and analysis that will assist the Navy in identifying and prioritizing which maintenance technology insertion initiatives can achieve higher efficiency and readiness results. This study requires related analysis of maintenance expenditures to optimize technology insertion prioritization and resources.

Multi-Party Networks

The world’s largest companies no longer sell products; they are digital, provide a Single Version of the Truth across multiple enterprises, match supply and demand in real time using autonomous algorithms, and account for 70% of the value created in technology. The ability to make decisions on actionable intelligence at every organization level and across the entire network creates high performing businesses and organizations. See how both commercial businesses and the US Department of Defense are driving significant value through a multi-party network approach.

Technical Studies, Analyses of Innovative Container Operational Concept and Expanded Use of Autonomous Logistics Platforms

This study will analyze lessons learned to date from civilian and military applications of enhanced container operational concepts and autonomous logistics capabilities. Examining alternative “use cases” to test the application of enhanced container operational concepts and autonomous logistics platforms, it will be possible to assess benefits and limitations and recommend strategies for future enhancements and applications.

2-D  DLA

Integrated Casting Order Network (ICON) – Improving the DLA Supply Chain for Metal Castings

The ICON web portal provides an improved supply chain experience for foundries wishing to provide metal castings and assemblies to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). ICON provides filtered bid solicitations that contain metal castings to foundries that are capable of manufacturing the required item(s), based on their material/process capabilities, or based upon the location of existing tooling that may be required to manufacture the part. The result is improved supply chain responsiveness to DLA procurement needs for metal castings, and significant cost avoidance by the DLA by eliminating the need to duplicate existing tooling that already exists in industry.

Making the Old New Again:  Sustaining Legacy Weapon Systems with Modern Microelectronics Technology

DLA uses a combination of Existing Industrial Capability and DLA-sponsored development to support DoD’s Legacy Weapon Systems. Using modern semiconductor manufacturing tailored to the small-volume, on-demand manufacturing model, DLA re-establishes long-term sourcing for older generations of microcircuits.

DLA Planning Game Changers and Roadmap for the Future

In this session, we’ll discuss DLA’s efforts to move the needle in Planning performance and address the Planning Roadmap and current and potential “Game Changer” efforts.

1045   Break/Networking
1115   Weapons Keynote Speaker
1145   Lunch & Table Top Networking
1315   Part Obsolescence Panel

The likelihood of obsolescence/DMSMS is well known; it’s a sure thing. Obsolescence/DMSMS occurs at every phase of a system’s lifecycle. The consequences of this depend upon a program’s approach to dealing with it. If that approach is not adequate, the negative impacts may be severe.

  • From a cost and budget standpoint, programs can be hit with enormous bills to resolve obsolescence/DMSMS issues, usually when those issues are not discovered early enough to find lower cost solutions.
  • From a production schedule standpoint, the worst thing that can happen to a production program manager is a schedule slip. Nevertheless, obsolescence/DMSMS, which is prevalent in production, can, unfortunately, make this nightmare a reality if a program doesn’t learn about it until a failed attempt to buy an obsolete item.
  • From a readiness standpoint, every operational commander is worried about the mission capability of his or her equipment. A non-mission capable-supply status can be caused by obsolescence/DMSMS if you don’t know about it in advance.

This panel is about telling you, in practical terms, when faced with obsolescence/DMSMS issues what you can do to mitigate them. A program can minimize these negative impacts by proactively managing obsolescence/DMSMS—designing to reduce obsolescence/DMSMS, finding out about issues as early as possible, and taking timely action to mitigate those issues. It is aimed at giving you key insights that you can use to minimize the budget and schedule risks caused by obsolescence/DMSMS while enhancing future readiness. Further, the sessions will explore how the Services and industry can collaborate to deliver affordable readiness more rapidly. 

1445   Break
1500   CTMA Technology Competition
“Shark Tank” Format with Top 6 Finalists
The top 6 finalists of the CTMA Technology Competition will be granted 10 minutes to present their submission/idea to the audience, followed by 5 minutes of Shark Tank Q&A with the competition review panel. An overall winner will be announced.

1630   Closing Remarks
1700   Dismantle Table Tops


The 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting will be held at:

Defense Logistics Agency
Frank B. Lott’s Conference Center
8000 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Richmond, VA  23297-5100
Bldg 31-G
Enter the facility through the Main Gate.


The recommended airport to fly into is Richmond International Airport, Richmond, VA. Fastest route to DLA is via VA-895 W which is 18 min (11.8 miles).

Note: This route has tolls.


  • Get on VA-895 W in Henrico from Richard E Byrd Terminal Drive and S Airport Drive 9 min (3.5 mi)
  • Continue on VA-895 W to Bensley. Take the US-1 S/US-301 S/Jefferson Davis Hwy exit from VA-150 N 6 min (6.3 mi)
  • Drive to US-1 S/US-301 S in Bellwood 3 min (1.9 mi)
  • Arrive Defense Logistics Agency – 8000 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Richmond, VA 23297. Enter Main Gate.


The hotels listed below are local options and do not represent a recommendation by NCMS. Many options exist within the Richmond area.

NCMS Room Block

Marriott Richmond
500 E Broad St,
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 643-3400

Reserve Now


La Quinta Inn Richmond South
9040 Pams Ave, Richmond, VA 23237
(804) 743-0770

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
2401 Willis Rd, Richmond, VA 23237
(804) 275-5900


Marriott Richmond
500 E Broad St,
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 643-3400

Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond-Downtown
700 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 643-2900


Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Airport
5400 Williamsburg Rd, Sandston, VA 23150
(804) 652-0500

Best Western Plus Richmond Airport Hotel
5300 Airport Square Ln, Sandston, VA 23150
(804) 222-8200

Table Top Displays

Space is limited, so reserve your space for a table top quickly, giving you an opportunity to reach a broad cross-section of decision makers throughout the DoD, increasing your industry exposure.

  • Table size – 3’ x 7’.
  • Bring your own extension cord/power strip.
  • Plan to man your display during breaks and evening receptions. Placing items or pamphlets on a table will not garner business or networking with other industry or military facilities.
  • Setup – Can set up at 0800 Monday 7 May.
  • Dismantle – As a courtesy to event participants, table top exhibits may not be dismantled until after the event has closed at 1700, Wednesday, May 9.
  • No security will be provided after hours for the exhibition area. Be sure to remove valuable items each evening.

Table top display space can be purchased as part of your 2018 CTMA/DLA Partners Meeting registration ticket.