2014 DOD Maintenance Symposium

November 17-20, 2014

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

Technical Session


Session Summaries

Plenary Session #1 - Future Maintenance Operations Discussion Panel

Objective: Explore the future maintenance enterprise construct.

There is now, and will continue to be, a growing pressure to execute our National Security Strategy with decreased resources, and our maintenance enterprise is no exception. Maintenance and logistics leaders must observe, analyze, and take appropriate action to successfully shape and operate future maintenance organizations to meet warfighter readiness requirements in this constrained environment. Supporting aging legacy weapon systems while ensuring an effective, efficient, agile, and flexible industrial base capability is built to sustain new software-intensive, advanced weapon systems that support a broad range of conflicts and scenarios is the challenge senior maintenance leaders face. Selected leaders will discuss their vision, approach, and strategy to influence the construct of the future maintenance enterprise.

Mr. Dennis West, Deputy Commander for Fleet Readiness Centers, Naval Air Systems Command

RADM Whitney, USN, Deputy Commander, Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command
Mr. Mike Madden, Executive Deputy, Marine Corps Logistics Command
Mr. Jeff Allen, Executive Director, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Material Command
Mr. Todd Melon, F-35 Director, Joint Program Office


Plenary Session #2 - Senior Logisticians Roundtable

This interactive forum features the senior logistics leaders from each of the Military Services, United States Coast Guard, Joint Staff, and the Defense Logistics Agency. It provides a unique opportunity for the audience to directly pose a wide variety of questions concerning all aspects of DoD maintenance to our senior leaders. The session format is primarily a question and answer conversation.

Mr. Paul Peters, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness

VADM Cullom, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, US Navy
Lt Gen Fedder, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
LtGen Rurark, Director of Logistics, J4
Mr. Albert Cury, Deputy Assistant Commandant Engineering and Logistics


Plenary Session #3 - How We Measure Success Discussion Panel

Objective: Understand the relationship between key maintenance metrics and readiness.

What gets measured gets improved, but only to the extent that the linkage between the outcome and the metric is understood. Optimizing readiness, and measuring achievement, in an era of evolving requirements, declining budgets, and prevailing uncertainty is certainly challenging. Making good strategic and tactical decisions in this environment calls for accurate, informed, and consistent outcome definitions and metrics that provide meaningful insight to enable operational effectiveness within the National Industrial Base. The key is developing successful, effective performance metrics and understanding their linkage to readiness. Senior operations leaders will discuss the readiness indicators that drive operational and budgetary decision-making to help frame the conversation about what maintenance and support metrics are needed to provide the best insight into the Department's ability to meet those readiness requirements.

Ms. Veronica Daigle, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation



Breakout Session: Focused Technology Transition

Session Organizer: Greg Kilchenstein

Objective: Highlight game-changing maintenance technologies and the best-practices and lessons learned for successfully implementing these capabilities in support of DoD maintenance and readiness sustainment.

Technology insertion is a key element in DoD's strategy to continuously improve maintenance effectiveness, efficiency and affordability. Though many technologies appear promising and expedient transition to DoD maintainers would seem to be a "no-brainer", oftentimes these capabilities remain stranded in a state of development, evaluation and pilots. This session will illustrate three cutting-edge technologies and the best practices used to implement these capabilities within DoD. The panel will detail examples of implementation performed from three perspectives: 1) across similar commodities, 2) throughout applicable DoD maintenance depots and 3) as part of a multi-faceted national-level program. Each panel member will describe their initiative's technology capabilities, implementation methods, experiences, and challenges, and how they are achieving results in leading and enabling successful transition.

Mr. Greg Kilchenstein, OASD-MPP

Dr. Russell Shannon, Naval Air Warfare Center Lakehurst
Mr. Ken Anderson, Universal Synaptics, Inc.
Mr. Edward Morris, NCDMM- America Makes
Mr. Phil Rodger, MDS
Ms. Stacy Kerwin, Picatinny Arsenal
Mr. Christopher Rowe, US Navy Naval Air Systems Command


The Role of Public-Private Partnering (PPP) in DoD

Session Organizer: Katlin Edmunds

Objective: Discuss best-in-class partnering tenets and methods to expand the current partnering construct to enable innovative DoD Industrial Base solutions within and beyond depot maintenance functions.

In our ever-changing environment, DoD Industrial Base critical capabilities must be effectively sustained to support future mission requirements. Establishing PPPs to leverage private and public strengths is fundamental to ensure an agile, flexible and capable DoD Industrial Base. This session will illustrate the criticality of PPP growth, describe evolving DoD policy that encourages partnerships for product support activities within and beyond depot maintenance, and provide examples of current DoD PPPs that encompass a broader range of product support functions. Panel members will also identify and deliberate on the real and perceived barriers to supportive government/industry relationships.

Mr. William Taylor, Program Executive Officer Land Systems, USMC
COL Brent Bolander, Commander, ANAD
Mr. Dan Cernoch, Chair, Product Support, AIA
Mr. David E. Hawkins, FICW, FCIPS, Director of Operations & Knowledge Architect, Institute for Collaborative Working, Sullivan House


Breakout Session: Great Ideas Competition

Session organizer: Greg Kilchenstein

As part of a long-standing DoD Maintenance Symposium tradition, this year's Great Ideas Competition will showcase six cutting-edge maintenance technologies that the cross-Service technology community selected as having great potential to improve maintenance effectiveness and efficiency. During this interactive event, the competitors will present their promising new technologies, processes, or business practices to the Symposium audience, who are encouraged to ask questions and challenge the six maintenance technology solutions finalists. At the conclusion of the presentations, a winner will be selected through audience vote. Many past Great Ideas Competition winners' technologies have become "the next big thing" in DoD maintenance, so come be "Part of the Solution!"


Breakout Session: The Future Maintenance Workforce

Session organizer: Nick Avdellas

Objective: Examine how the maintenance workforce is currently positioned and what changes are needed to meet future requirements.

The maintainer remains the most important factor in the execution of maintenance. However, the technological advances of future DoD weapon systems and equipment will affect the skills and capabilities needed to maintain this modern equipment. Leaders from the Military Services and industry will discuss how current maintenance workforce skills address core capability requirements and how future weapon system complexity will impact the workforce. They will identify anticipated gaps or disconnects in required skill sets and will outline strategies, plans and programs needed to successfully train, develop and shape the future maintenance workforce.




Breakout Session: Dependency on Data

Session organizer: Steve Morani

Objective: Highlight the challenges to generating, accessing and interpreting data required to support life-cycle and resource management decisions.

Life-cycle management decisions are predicated on accessible, understandable and accurate data. As weapons systems become more complex, there is a growing concern over the dependency on data and the costs associated with generating, accessing and using life-cycle management data to make informed sustainment and resourcing decisions. For the Department to make appropriate, resource-based readiness decisions, data strategies must support the ability to capture, access, interpret and share information across the sustainment enterprise to optimize life cycle support while achieving affordability goals. This session will discuss existing challenges in the data environment and highlight data strategies that enable effective life-cycle management and resource-based readiness decisions.

Mr. Steve Morani, Deputy Chief, Maintenance Division, Joint Staff

Mr. Joseph Dow, Air Force Vehicle Fleet Manager, Air Force Vehicles and Equipment Support Office (VEMSO)
Mr. Bill Black, Chief Financial Officer, Troika Solutions
Mr. Chris Raab, Senior Maintenance Analyst, Boeing Maintenance Analytics Systems


Breakout Session: Analyzing Sustainment and Maintenance Alternatives

Session organizer: Rod Rowley

Objective: Discuss DoD's emerging methodology and commercial best practices that support Analyses of Alternatives and Business Case Analyses.

The DoD sustainment and maintenance communities must strive to generate the most effective and efficient structure to support readiness requirements. To ensure the community is using best value analyses that optimize the National Industrial Base, the Department is developing cost comparability methodologies that consider all critical elements of both product cost and production rates. This panel will review different ways to analyze sustainment strategies and introduce the fact-based, logical methodology developed by the cost comparability working group that enables comparison of costs for like and similar workloads.

Ms. Lisha Adams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Material Readiness

Mr. Dennis West, Deputy Commander for Fleet Readiness Centers, Naval Air Systems Command
Mr. Christopher Lowman, Director for Maintenance Policy, Porgrams and Processes for United States Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4
Mr. Jeff Sorenson, Vice President and Partner, AT Kearny
Mr. Heath Patrick, Vice President, Defense Aftermarket Americas, Honeywell
Col Christopher Coombs, Chief, KC-46 Division, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center


Breakout Session: What's So Hard About Software Sustainment?

Session organizer: John Stankowski

Objective: Outline issues associated with future strategies for managing software depot maintenance by reviewing traditional approaches, Service requirements and exploring a methodology to determine depot sources of repair.

The DoD needs a future-oriented software sustainment construct to meet the growing demand for the maintenance of software for increasingly complex weapons systems. Currently, software sustainment is not managed or funded the same across all the Services. Quite often, management and sustainment of weapons systems software is considered to be so different from hardware sustainment, and so complicated, that it requires "special management," sometimes outside the bounds of statutory requirements. Government and industry software maintenance professionals will outline issues and potential strategies for managing weapons system software depot maintenance to meet future needs.

Mr. Mike McLendon, Associate Director, Software Solutions Division, Software Engineering Institute (Carnegie Mellon University)

Panel Members:
Mr. Doug Dynes, Military Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Orrin G. Hatch
Mr. William A. Colson, Army, Director, Systems Simulation, Software, and Integration (S3I), AMRDEC
Mr. Steven K. Alsup, Air Force, Director of Logistics, Air Force Sustainment Center
Mr. Jeff Morris, Lockheed Martin, Vice President, Programs, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions


Breakout Session: Maintenance Policy and Legislation

Session organizer: Katlin Edmunds

Objective: Identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of current policy, regulation and guidance governing the maintenance community.

Many unique perspectives exist today on ideal maintenance strategies within the Department. To align the different perspectives, the community needs to synchronize varied objectives within the current policy and regulatory environment. This panel will examine ways to converge strategies, utilizing existing legislation, policy and guidance, to optimize the future National Industrial Base.

Mr. John Johns, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance

Ms. Victoria Plunket, Professional Staff Member, House Armed Services Committee
Ms. Sheila McCready, Defense Consultant, Legislation and Political Department, American Federation of Government Employees
Mr. Doug Dynes, Military Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Orrin G. Hatch
Mr. Joseph Fengler, Director, Government Affairs, Honeywell


Breakout Session: Mission-Based Forecasting

Session organizer: Mike Hynes

Objective: Discuss the benefits of, and barriers to, utilizing mission-based data and analytics to forecast supply actions that support future maintenance operations.

While the primary maintenance planning factor used in the DoD is OPTEMPO (flying hours, steaming days, miles), environmental factors also have significant impact on the maintenance required to keep a weapon system operationally available. As budgets decrease, maintenance forecast accuracy must improve, and this information must be effectively communicated to the supply community, to ensure that maintainers have the right part at the right time with optimal inventory. This panel will review ongoing and potential initiatives to improve maintenance and supply planning using Mission-Based Forecasting, along with the current policy, culture, and data transfer barriers to doing so.


Mr. James McClaugherty, Deputy Commander, DLA Land & Maritime
Mr. Mark Moe, Director, Supportability and Sustainment, US Army Aviation Missile Command
CW5 Leon Cardona, Aviation Brank Maintenance Officer
Mr. Greg Parlier, Independent Contractor