I am truly pleased to be DoD’s Program Officer of the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Program as we celebrate its 20th year of transforming maintenance and sustainment. 2017 was the best year on record for the Program, with investment from across DoD near $50 million, industry cost-share of $8.2 million, and 50 new initiatives. I feel confident that 2018 will be even better. Credit for our success is due to strong partnerships with DoD, industry, and academia. We at the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy & Programs (ODASD-MPP), as well as those at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), would like to thank those partners for their participation in our collaborative, technology transition-focused program. We look forward to continuing to nurture these successful partnerships and to developing new ones in the upcoming year.
Our goals in 2018 are to focus on improving readiness rates and decreasing equipment downtime; building cohesion across the Services for greater economies of scope and scale for new technologies; and developing new efficient business processes to improve technology transition. The CTMA team is currently executing 106 CTMA projects with 57 industry partners and 97 DoD partners that align to these goals. With support from our partners, we are sure that those numbers will continue to grow.
The continued growth of CTMA has us excited about the Program’s potential. Twenty years is only the beginning for CTMA as we look to expand our influence, pull our sustainment technology community together, and truly transform the way we sustain our military equipment to drastically improve our readiness to cost ratio. Join us as we look to explore new ideas to leverage CTMA—Be Part of the Solution!