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


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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 27, 2018.

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

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After April 27, 2018, no refunds will be granted.

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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.

Mr William A. Kobren

Director, Logistics and Sustainment Center, Defense Acquisition University

William A. “Bill” Kobren is Director, Logistics and Sustainment Center, at the Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He is responsible for development and currency of an integrated portfolio of life cycle logistics and product support learning assets at the University, including five classroom courses, eight distance learning courses, 44 continuous learning modules, and a host of web-based job support tools, communities of practice and related workflow learning resources. In addition to curricula development, training, and knowledge sharing, he also provides extensive mission assistance to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Components and Defense Agencies in the areas of logistics and product support policy, as well as life cycle logistics workforce human capital development. Bill has authored nearly two dozen published articles, spoken at a myriad of conferences, symposiums, and workshops; and with 1,200 posts since its 2009 launch, his DAU Director’s Blog is the most widely-read of any acquisition functional community.

Prior to joining DAU in 2004, he spent a year as Product Support Director for the Aerospace Industries Association of America, and before that, completed a career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2003. During his Air Force career, he served as both an aircraft and munitions maintenance officer, a logistics squadron commander, and logistician on multiple acquisition programs including the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and a range of other munitions programs.

Mr. Kobren is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is a member of the DoD Acquisition Corps and is DAWIA Level III certified in Life Cycle Logistics. He is an International Society of Logistics (SOLE) Certified Professional Logistician (CPL) and recipient of the SOLE Field Award for Outstanding Contributions in the field of Integrated Logistics Support. He also received the DoD Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages Individual Achievement Award from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering. Completing a dual concentration in supply chain management and the senior acquisition course, he was a recipient of the U.S. Transportation Command Research and Writing Award, and was a Distinguished Graduate from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy) at the National Defense University.

Dr. Robert J. Lusardi

APEO Industrial Base Logistics,  PEO Ground Combat Systems

Dr. Robert J. Lusardi serves as the senior advisor to the PEO Ground Combat Systems for Industrial Base Logistics. In this position, he is responsible for assessing the capacity, capability, and cost impacts of the organic and commercial elements of the industrial base that support the portfolio of products within the PEO Ground Combat Systems.

Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Lusardi served eight years as the Deputy Program Manager for the USMC’s Light Armored Vehicle Program. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of acquisition and sustainment of the Marine Corps fleet of LAV’s.

Along with his recent government experience, Dr. Lusardi has 30 years experience in industry working for large defense corporations as well as working as an independent consultant. He has led the development, production, fielding, and sustainment of complex weapon systems including the M60 tank, the Abrams tank, the Fox NBCRS, the HMMWV, the LAV, and countermine systems. He has consulted for both government and industry in both the commercial and defense sectors

Dr. Lusardi has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Colonel Howard K. Marotto, II

Next Generation Logistics (NexLog), Deputy Director, Additive Manufacturing and Innovation, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Installations and Logistics

Colonel Marotto is currently the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Lead for the Marine Corps and the Deputy Director of Headquarters, Marine Corps, Installation and Logistics Next Generation Logistics (NexLog) team.  Prior to his current billet, he attended the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, graduating in June 2015 with a Masters in National Resource Strategy.  Before attending Top Level School, Colonel Marotto commanded Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49 (MALS-49).  His last deployment was as the Deputy, C-4/G-4 of Regional Command (Southwest)/II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan from June 2011 to January 2012.

Colonel Marotto graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1994, Summa Cum Laude, majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant through the Platoon Leaders Course.

Since his graduation from the Basic School and the Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course, Colonel Marotto has held numerous leadership and staff positions within the Marine Aircraft Wing and Supporting Establishment.  These include serving as the Maintenance Material Control Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 542 and Marine Electronic Warfare Squadron Three; Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit, Detachment Cherry Point, Officer-in-Charge (OIC); Marine Aviation Maintenance Liaison Officer, Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean (COMFAIRMED), Naples, Italy; and Quadrennial Defense Review Integration Group Action Officer representing Headquarters, Marine Corps, Installations and Logistics.

In addition to his deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Colonel Marotto deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer of MALS-16 (Fwd) from August 2004 to March 2005 at Al Asad Airbase.  Colonel Marotto also supported units in Operation Enduring Freedom and units participating in the Kosovo Conflict while at COMFAIRMED.  As a Lieutenant, Colonel Marotto deployed in support of the No-Fly Zone over Bosnia and participated in Operation Silver Wake involving Albania.

Ms. Colleen (Kelly) Morris

Chief, Defense Logistics Agency, Logistics Research & Development

Ms. Morris leads the Logistics Research and Development program at the Defense Logistics Agency valued at $50M/year including projects in Castings, Forgings, Batteries, Additive Manufacturing, Military Uniforms, Subsistence,
Micro-electronics, Energy, Storage and Distribution and many other areas supporting innovations in logistics and supply chain management. She also serves as the Defense Logistics agency Principal member to the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP). Prior to this position, she was the Defense Logistics Agency Chairperson at the Eisenhower School formerly Industrial College of the Armed Forces), teaching Acquisition and Supply Chain Management. Her research and writing include a case study on the “F-22 Raptor Sustainment Strategy” and a booklet entitled “Federal Procurement Survival Guide: Contracting Basics for Joe the Warfighter”.


Peter Sandborn

Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center and the Director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland

Peter Sandborn is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center and the Director of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Sandborn’s group develops life-cycle cost models and business case support for long field life systems.  This work includes: obsolescence forecasting algorithms, strategic design refresh planning, lifetime buy quantity optimization, return on investment models for maintenance planning, and outcome-based contract engineering.  Dr. Sandborn is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing and a member of the Board of Directors of the PHM Society and the International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM).  He is the author of over 200 technical publications and several books on electronic packaging and electronic systems cost analysis.  He has a B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1982, and the M.S. degree in electrical science and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1983 and 1987, respectively.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ASME.


Kenneth D. Watson

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs

Kenneth D. Watson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs. In this capacity, he serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness and provides oversight of the Department’s annual $90 billion maintenance program. He also develops policies and procedures for maintenance support of major weapon systems and military equipment within the Department of Defense. He assumed his current position in January 2017.

Mr. Watson previously served as the Deputy Director, Strategy, Capabilities, Policy, and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command. During this assignment he also deployed to Afghanistan as the Director of Sustainment under the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan. He has served in numerous Joint assignments, serving as the Deputy Chief of the Capabilities Division in the Directorate of Logistics (J4), the Joint Staff, also deploying to Iraq under the Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq. He is a 2011 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort Leslie J. McNair in Washington, D.C. and graduate of the Defense Senior Leader Development Program 2010 cohort. On the Air Staff he was the Deputy to the Associate Director of Resource Integration assigned to the Directorate of Resource Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff/Logistics, Installation & Mission Support, Pentagon, Washington D.C. With the associate director, he was responsible for Air Force logistics, installations and mission support long-range planning, strategic support planning and associated policies.

Mr. Watson began his civil service career in 1989 as Palace Acquire Intern Inventory Management Specialist at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, California. His diverse experience includes Logistics Management for the F-117A and Commander in Chief Mobile Alternate Headquarters programs. He managed airborne electrical accessories for the Commodities Division at Sacramento Air Logistics Center. Watson served as a Logistics Plans specialist while assigned to HQ USAF on a Logistics Civilian Career Program career broadening position. He also performed logistics requirements analysis, Acquisition Program management, and was chief of the Strategic Planning Division, Plans and Programs Directorate, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Watson served for three years overseas as the deputy for Mission Support, 31st Mission Support Group at Aviano Air Base, Italy. He holds both baccalaureate and masters’ degrees.

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 and the famous elk herd and tour of DLA Aviation’s Mapping Customer Operations

1430   Overview/CTMA Tutorial presentation

Debbie Lilu, CTMA Program Director, NCMS
Greg Kilchenstein, Director, Enterprise Maintenance Technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy & Programs

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 integration.

1530   DLA Supply Innovation Overview  presentation
Kelly Morris, Chief DLA R&D

1630   Evening Welcome Reception and Table Top Networking

 Tuesday, 8 May 2018

0730   Registration and continental breakfast
0830   Welcome – DLA Leadership
Supply Defense Center Richmond and Defense Logistics Agency Aviation

0845   CTMA/DLA Introductions
0915   Maintenance Keynote Speaker
Kenneth D. Watson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for Maintenance Policy & Programs

0945   Supply Keynote Speaker  presentation
George Atwood, Executive Director for Logistics Policy and Strategic Programs, DLA

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.

Kelly Morris, Chief DLA R&D

Jim Joyce, Deloitte Consulting, LLP – Industry 4.0 presentation
Dave Evans, LMI – Mesh Sensors presentation
Dr. Marilyn Gaska, Lockheed Martin – Augmented/Virtual Reality presentation
CDR Wilson VornDick, USN, Joint Staff, J8 – Blockchain presentation

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 presentation
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 presentation
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 presentation
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  presentation
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  presentation1 presentation2
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 high build of coatings along sharp edges of a complex part.

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

Blockchain: The Hot Topic in Supply Chain Management presentation
Blockchain 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, blockchains 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  presentation
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 – Anti-Counterfeiting Research Efforts at the Defense Logistics Agency  presentation
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 as a Science – Changing the Paradigm Panel
What is sustainment, and what should it look like in the future?  How does sustainment transcend the boundaries of a purely transactional activity and become a “science”?  Today there are no programs that pull together all the pieces of the sustainment picture combining theory, applied research and policy.  The sustainment sciences paradigm works with the public and private sectors to develop technologies, methodologies, and policies aimed at improving sustainment processes and practices targeted at mission success. Sustainment science must incorporate its research outcomes into education programs to prepare a sustainment competent workforce at all educational levels.

Dr. Pete Sandborn, University of Maryland Sustainment Sciences Center

Dr. Marilyn Gaska, Chief Engineer, Logistics and Sustainment, Lockheed Martin
William “Bill” Kobren, Director Logistics and Sustainment Center, Defense Acquisition University
William Regli, Director of the Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland
Steve Hogan, Sector Vice President Global Sustainment, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

1700   Evening Table Top & Networking Reception

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

0730   Registration and continental breakfast
0830   Keynote Speaker
Colonel Howard K. Marotto, II, Next Generation Logistics (NexLog), Deputy Director, Additive Manufacturing and Innovation, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Installations and Logistics

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  presentation
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) presentation
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  presentation
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  presentation
By eliminating the strain and fatigue associated with repetitive tasks and making tools effectively weightless, ZeroG technology can significantly boost productivity, reduce industry costs, and improve quality of goods and workplace satisfaction.

Optimizing the Performance of H-60 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostics System (IMDS) & T700 Engine Electrical System  presentation
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    presentation
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  presentation
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   presentation
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 presentation
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  presentation
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  presentation
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    U.S. Army’s Perspective on Sustainment Technologies
Dr. Robert Lusardi, APEO Industrial Base Logistics, PEO Ground Combat Systems

1145   Lunch & Table Top Networking
1315   Part Obsolescence Panel presentation
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. 

William “Bill” Kobren, Director Logistics and Sustainment Center, Defense Acquisition University

Robin Brown, OSD Obsolescence/DMSMS and Parts Management Program Manager
Allen Alcorn, Team Lead in Manufacturing Science and Technology Division of AMRDEC and Serving as Obsolescence Program Manager at Headquarter Army Materiel Command (AMC)
Pamela Wood, Division Head, Obsolescence Management Division Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport
Kevin Greenwood, Manager, National Security Programs Kansas City National Security Campus

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.

Judging Panel:

Greg Kilchenstein, ODASD-MPP
Debbie Lilu, NCMS
Dr. Darren Costine, DLA
Kelly Morris, DLA
Janice Bryant, NAVSEA
Christopher Lewis, LCDR, Joint Staff J4
Jason Valcourt, Army
Laurie Zuniga, COMFRC
Clark Orzalli, RADM USN (ret), DS Government Solutions

1630   Closing Remarks
Greg Kilchenstein, Director, Enterprise Maintenance Technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy & Programs
Kelly Morris, Chief DLA R&D
Debbie Lilu, CTMA Program Director, NCMS

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.