The importance of sustainment innovation development and adoption is increasingly relevant as we strive to accelerate materiel availability by improving the viability of the defense industrial base. The COVID-19 pandemic has again illuminated the gaps we have in our domestic resources, industrial capabilities, and supply chain approaches. Novel innovations may address a variety of these gaps. In his May 1 memo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense—Materiel Readiness, Mr. Steven Morani has challenged the American manufacturing sector and out-of-the-box thinkers to submit an abstract to the Maintenance Innovation Challenge, part of the DOD Maintenance Symposium that takes place December 7-11, 2020 in Kansas City. This event raises awareness of our community of technologies and innovative processes that present the best opportunities. Industry, academia, military services, and defense agencies are all welcome to participate.
The MIC continues to be the DOD’s hallmark event to elicit and share unique maintenance capabilities and best practices.