The DOD maintenance and sustainment community is responsible for ensuring the country’s weapon systems are mission ready. But there are times when the lack of a single part or technology can make the difference between on-time delivery, rapid repair, or an asset grounded. In those circumstances program managers, engineers, and supervisors depend on collaborative relationships to assist with locating exactly what is needed.
In 2017 while visiting Tinker Air Force Base, NCMS Vice President, Maintenance and Sustainment, Business Development and CTMA Program Director Debbie Lilu discovered there was a need for some innovative inspection technology. Without missing a beat, she offered to tap into the vast NCMS ecosystem of world-class industry and academia to solve this recurring maintenance issue. Within a short period of time NCMS was able to present two technologies that would immediately solve the current challenge and get the aircraft operational.
Since then, the NCMS Sources Sought Program has become one of the first places our DOD partners turn to when seeking hard-to-find technologies. The mission is clear: locate what the DOD needs to assist in warfighter readiness.
The NCMS Sources Sought Program is an integral part of the NCMS/CTMA service model, which provides dedicated staff to collaborate with message development, field questions from industry, manage the information dissemination, and compile all submissions.
Over the years, the NCMS Sources Sought Program has partnered with all the armed services to locate hard-to-find technologies, or to help vet companies to ensure proper technology fit at a reasonable cost.
For more information about the NCMS Sources Sought Program contact firstname.lastname@example.org.