NCMS and the DoD celebrate 20 years of collaboration through CTMA

Ann Arbor, Michigan — 11/30/2017  The U.S. military has become more efficient, more productive, and better prepared because of its partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). To protect our country, the Department of Defense (DoD) has looked to organizations such as NCMS and its Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) program to provide solutions to its equipment, sustainment, and maintenance needs. CTMA enables the military to work with NCMS members and industry partners to develop and deploy millions of dollars of cost-saving technology. The trusted relationship NCMS has with the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) creates opportunities and collaborative solutions to ensure immediate and long-term success.

In 2018, NCMS and OSD will celebrate 20 years of this unique partnership. CTMA was proposed and funded in 1998 to expand the maintenance-related capabilities of the military. Based on their long-term strategy for equipping the warfighter with the best possible equipment, the DoD identifies technology needs and CTMA secures companies and technologies to meet those needs, providing readily-available solutions. In the lifetime of CTMA over 350 projects have been successfully completed, increasing technology adoption across the services by 60%.

“The Department of Defense is laser-focused on military lethality and materiel readiness.  CTMA is DoD’s preferred avenue to rapidly innovate how the maintenance and sustainment community provides that readiness.” Greg Kilchenstein, Director of Enterprise Maintenance Technology with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy & Programs.

“The benefit that NCMS and CTMA bring to the table is our unique and streamlined capability to reach industry, government, and academia to find matches for the DoD technology gaps. The CTMA program provides the government an avenue to demonstrate, validate, and evaluate innovative technologies prior to acquisition,” says Debbie Lilu, CTMA Program Director.

To find out more about the successful partnership between the DoD and NCMS or to learn more about how CTMA finds technology solutions for military maintenance and sustainment needs, please visit the NCMS website at

About NCMS

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, a large cross-industry collaborative research and development consortium in North America, is dedicated to driving innovation in commercial, defense, robotics, and environmentally sustainable manufacturing. NCMS’ vast experience in the formation and management of complex, multi-partner collaborative R&D programs is backed by corporate members representing virtually every manufacturing sector.

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Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs serves as the principal advisor for policies and procedures for maintenance support of major weapon systems and military equipment.

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