About CTMA

The Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) has a relentless focus on defense maintenance, sustainment and logistics. Created in 1998, CTMA is a joint effort between the Department of Defense (DoD) and NCMS. Its objective is to ensure American troops and their equipment are ready to face any situation, with the most up-to-date and best-maintained platforms and tools available. It provides technology development and insertion in support of the reliability and sustainment and must always benefit the U.S. military, industrial base and the public good.

CTMA offers a unique contracting vehicle for industry, academia and the DoD sustainment community to work in collaboration to promote technology development, demonstration, and transition new and innovative technologies which enhance warfighter readiness at best cost. It functions through a Cooperative Agreement (CA), which is the legal agreement to conduct R&D that is mutually beneficial for all. The CA offers significant, proven advantages for industry and DoD:

  • Enables partners to provide and share personnel, services, facilities, equipment, and other resources in conducting R&D, reducing costs, optimizing resources
  • Improves access to DoD facilities and equipment
  • Streamlines contracting and cost accounting
  • Reduces time between innovation and commercial production
  • Opportunity to enhance D0D readiness while reaching corporate objectives
  • Provides a means of sharing technical expertise, ideas, and information in a protected intellectual property environment, with non-government partners retaining IP rights

How it Works

  • webctma-howitworksDoD maintenance activities have needs and requirements which are potentially solved by innovations created by industry.
  • NCMS holds an unparalleled contracting vehicle to demonstrate commercial technologies prior to DoD acquisition.
  • Companies with innovative solutions join NCMS and leverage CTMA to maximize their investment in technology.  The CTMA team learns company goals, strategies, and capabilities.  This collaboration guides companies and DoD to secure commercially available technology solutions.
  • The CTMA team is experienced, respected, and connected to the DoD maintenance community and industry. This collaboration streamlines the validation and demonstration of requested technologies.
  • NCMS quickly develops project teams connecting DoD with industry providers, integrators, and users

CTMA Focus Areas

  • Additive Manufacturing

  • Autonomic Processes

  • Business Processes/Partnerships

  • CBM+

  • Coatings/Corrosion Prevention

  • Energy, Environmental, Health, and Safety

  • Enhanced Inspection

  • Reliability Improvement

  • Training

  • Other

The CTMA Value

CTMA offers industry and the DoD sustainment community significant benefits.

Commercial Partners Benefit

  • Access to DOD facilities and equipment
  • Reduced cost of R&D through leveraging and sharing
  • Reduced time between innovation and commercial production
  • Opportunities to commercialize inventions
  • Opportunities to enhance DOD preparedness while reaching corporate objectives
  • Focused concentration of effort on specific industrial problems
  • Profitable new product and process

DoD Benefits

  • Supports Better Buying Power 3.0
  • Streamlined contracting and cost accounting
  • Focused on advanced technologies which improve military capabilities
  • Improved opportunities to develop and transfer mutually beneficial technologies
  • Reduced cost of R&D through leveraging and sharing
  • Allows testing and evaluation of technology before acquisition
  • Ability to attract commercial entities which have technical expertise or technology of interest, yet have no government sector past performance
  • Access to non-government expertise and knowledge
  • Able to build the industrial base through multiple uses of technologies
  • Increased familiarity with market needs and trends