2016 DOD Maintenance Symposium

December 5-8, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Albuquerque Convention Center

Technical Program

Technical Sessions

The 2016 DOD Maintenance Symposium brings the latest regulations, relevant information, software, and technology directly to the maintenance community.

To access the complete schedule of Plenary and Technical Sessions, please click the 'Access Sessions' button found below. For a high-level overview of topics covered, please reference the copy listed on this page.

Plenary Session Panels

Plenary Panel #1
Health of the Industrial Base from a from Leadership Perspective - A View from Both Sides
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Session Organizer: Lt Col Brockshus

Objective: Gain key insights from DoD and Industry Maintenance Community Leaders regarding present and future Industrial Base issues and challenges

Abstract: In keeping with the Symposium's theme, Engaging Tomorrow's Maintenance Enterprise Challenges, Today, key DoD and Industry leaders will discuss near-term issues for maintenance and weapon system sustainment and address mitigation strategies to meet present and future challenges. The panel will focus on the health of the industrial base and will present their observations and discuss where DoD and Industry leaders agree and disagree. This session includes a question and answer opportunity and also solicits potential solutions from the audience for the most pressing maintenance community issues.

Moderator: Ms. Lisha Adams, Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, Army Materiel Command

Mr. Chris Lowman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Policy and Logistics
Mr. David Clifton, Executive Deputy, Marine Corps Logistics Command
Mr. Jeff Allen, Executive Director, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command
Ms. Peri Widener, Vice President and General Manager of Integrated Logistics, Boeing Company
Mr. Lou Kratz, Vice President, Logistics and Sustainment, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Plenary Panel #2
Senior Logisticians Roundtable
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Session Organizer: Lt Col John Lofton

Objective: Provide a dynamic and highly interactive exchange focused on the Department’s maintenance issues, trends, and initiatives

Abstract: This interactive forum features top logistics leaders from each of the Military Services, Joint Staff, and the Defense Logistics Agency. Using a question and answer only format, it provides a unique opportunity for symposium attendees to directly engage with our most senior logistics leaders concerning all aspects of DoD maintenance.

Moderator: Ms. Kristin K. French, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness

LtGen Michael G. Dana, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics
VADM Philip Hart Cullom, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, Chief of Naval Operations
Lt Gen John B. Cooper, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
RADM Bruce D. Baffer, USCG, Assistant Commandant for Engineering & Logistics, USCG
Rear Admiral Vincent L. Griffith, SC, USN, Director, DLA Logistics Operations (J3), Defense Logistics Agency
BGen Tracy King, USMC, Vice Director for Logistics, Joint Staff

Plenary Panel #3
The Changing Battlefield Landscape and the Maintenance/Logistics Challenges
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Session Organizer: Sarah Smith

Objective: After 15 years of battlefield maintenance and logistics, senior enlisted leaders and warrant officers will address lessons learned and how they apply to future operations.

Abstract: How will maintenance/logistics be performed in future wartime operations? Will it be a mobile organizational-level capability moving with the warfighter from engagement to engagement? Or as an Organizational-Intermediate-Depot capability moving with the warfighter from AOR to AOR? Or possibly a hybrid of the two capabilities? Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers will discuss these concepts based their own experiences and field questions from the audience.

Moderator: Mr. Steve Morani, Deputy Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection

Major General Craig Crenshaw, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Logistics Command (Invited)
Brigadier General Tom Miller, USAF, Vice Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command
Mr. Michael Cervone, Commander, Director for Maintenance Policy, Programs and Processes, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4
Ms. Sharon Smoot, Executive Director, Maintenance and Industrial Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command (Invited)

Symposium Breakout Topics

Breakout #1
Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Operations
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Session Organizer: Greg Kilchenstein

Objective: Showcase additive manufacturing capabilities supporting maintenance operations and engage the wider maintenance community in discussing the challenges, issues and potential strategies for expanding the use of additive processes to meet the future needs of the Department of Defense.

Abstract: Additive Manufacturing (AM) represents our next industrial revolution. Manufacturers and maintainers alike are rapidly exploring techniques to leverage this revolutionary process for new parts manufacture and repair, which will enable distributed manufacturing, significantly shorten supply chains, and improve readiness for essential parts. This session will provide the maintenance community with a rare opportunity to hear AM leaders from DoD, Industry and Academia frame the challenges and outline the efforts to expand and accelerate AM in support of maintenance and sustainment. As a Town Hall Meeting, this session is designed to be interactive and audience participation is encouraged! Moderator: Mr. Steve Morani, Deputy Director of Logistics, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protect.

Ms. Liz McMichael, Director of Innovation, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command
Mr. Brett Connor, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives, Youngstown State University
Mr. Keith Bearden, Deputy Director, Engineering and Technical Management, HQ, USAF Material Command
Mr. Ben Bouffard, Additive Manufacturing Lead, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, RDT&E
Jim Regenor, Director, Additive Manufacturing and Innovation, Moog, INC
Mr. Mike Froening, Technical Director, Sustainment Engineering, USAF LCMC
Ms. Stacey Clark, Deputy Director, Systems Engineering, US Army, RDECOM

Breakout #2
Depot Maintenance Workforce Revitalization & Leadership Development
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Session Organizer: Rich Frey

Objective: Identify the attributes and techniques to acquire and maintain a well-trained, technically competent, responsive, and professional workforce and leadership cadre.

Abstract: A panel composed of key depot maintenance DoD leadership will describe key characteristics of the current and future depot maintenance workforce, to include functional competency, courage, candor, and the ability to foster collaboration and innovation. Discussions will involve personal perspectives and general workforce trends and opportunities. Panelists will also identify gaps in required skill sets and discuss strategies and initiatives to successfully train, develop and lead a more efficient and effective depot maintenance workforce. The scope of the discussions will address development of the entire depot maintenance community, from front-line employees and supervisors, to managers and executives, and will include thoughts on how to equip them with effective skills and behaviors to strengthen organizations and improve customer support.

Moderator: Mr. Jeffrey Allen, Executive Director, Air Force Sustainment Center

Brig Gen John Kubinec, Commander, Warner Robins, Air Logistics Complex
Mr. Kevin Bostick, Deputy Chief of Staff, G3/4, Army Materiel Command
Mr. David R. Clifton, Executive Deputy, Marine Corps Logistics Command
CAPT Timothy Pfannenstein, USN, Commander, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest

Breakout #3
Weapons System Support/Sustainment Considerations in a Cyber Environment
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Session Organizer: Gene Pierce

Objective: Outlining the challenges and issues DoD faces in fielding, sustaining, and implementing cybersecurity vigilance throughout the life cycle of a military weapon systems

Abstract: To manage cybersecurity for complex weapons systems, the DoD and the Services will need to develop new or modify existing policies to foster sustainment systems that are robust and resilient to cyber-attacks. Organizational designs must be optimally shaped to implement the required sustainment systems. Monitoring and feedback mechanisms that capture the state of cyber security throughout a weapon system's life cycle will be required to be linked to the sustainment activity.

Moderators: Mr. Michael Jennings, Group Director, 76 Software Maintenance Group. Mr. Gene Pierce, Chief, Depot Maintenance Integration, SAF/AQD

Mr. Thomas P. Dee, US Navy Assistant SECNAV RDA

Breakout #4
Maintenance and Supply Alignment: Bridging the Gap between Maintenance Requirements and Supply Support to Maintenance
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Session Organizer: Mike Hynes

Objective: Discuss barriers to, and solutions for, bridging the gap between maintenance requirements and supply support to maintenance

Abstract: Discuss the barriers to, and solutions for, closing the gap between maintenance and supply that will increase the likelihood maintainers will have the right part at the right time to execute required maintenance actions. This session will explore the issues and associated activities needed to increase accuracy of maintenance bills of material and the supply forecasts of maintenance usage of those parts. By bridging the gap between maintenance requirements and supply forecasts, we reduce backorders, limit excess parts, and reduce the readiness impact and financial risks to the enterprise.

Moderator: Ms. Deline Reardon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Supply Chain Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness

RDML John Polowczyk, SC, USN, Director, Logistics Programs and Business Operations Division, Office of Chief of Naval Operations
Brig Gen Allan E. Day, USAF, Commander of Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Defense Logistics Agency
Mr. Michael B. Cervone, Director for Maintenance Policy and Operations, Headquarters, Department of the Army
Mr. Steven J. Morani, Deputy Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Breakout #5
"It's the Law" - The Principals of Depot Maintenance in Title 10
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Session Organizer: Rich Frey

Objective: Discuss the provisions of Title 10, United States Code (USC) that govern depot maintenance along with the overarching philosophy that form the foundation of those provisions

Abstract: What are core logistics capabilities? What is the relationship, if any, to 50/50 requirements? Who decides what is core and at what level is 50/50 determined? What about managing the depot workforce? Statutes that govern maintenance operations are sometimes complicated, inter-related and frequently misunderstood. This session will provide OSD’s and Congressional staff’s explanation of the provisions that govern depot maintenance and offer guidance to better understand and implement those statutes.

Moderator: Mr. Richard Frey, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs

RDML Michael Zarowski, USN, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers
Mr. Daniel A. Fri, Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary, Logistics and Product Support
Mr. Mike Cervone, Director for Maintenance Policy and Operations, Department of the Army
Ms. Vickie Plunkett, House Armed Services Committee. Professional Staff Member
Ms. Sheila McCready, Principal at Capitol Strategic Consulting Group, Consultant to AFGE

Breakout # 6
Public Private Partnering for Product Support
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Session Organizer: John Sutton

Objective: Discuss practical ways to substantially increase PPP volume in support of the DoD mission - even in the face of declining resources and workloads.

Abstract: We will open with an overview of current PPP activity within the DoD – focusing on recent trends in partnering expansion, agreement diversity, and workload volume. Panelists will then describe key leverage points they believe are necessary to more fully enable PPPs within the DoD maintenance realm and beyond. These ideas will focus upon the increased productivity and effectiveness partnerships can offer. Panelists will also suggest and describe innovative legal frameworks, sustainment strategies, and management structures that support shared creativity, risk, responsibility, and resources required for partnerships to succeed and flourish. The goal of the discussion is to engage the panelists and audience alike in an exciting exploration of the great promise PPPs hold in helping the DoD face the issues, problems, and opportunities that lie ahead.

Moderator: Dr. Nick Avdellas, Program Manager, LMI

Mr. Dan Fri, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Logistics and Product Support, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Mr. Robert Reed, Senior Industrial Analyst, Manufacturing Industrial Base Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Mr. Frank Zardecki, Deputy Commander, Tobyhanna Army Depot
Mr. Jim Sutton, Northrop Grumman, Director Global Relations Northrop Grumman Technical Services
Mr. Joe Spruill, Product Support Committee Chairman, Aerospace Industries Association

Breakout #7
Maintenance Innovation Challenge
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016

Session Organizer: SAE International/Greg Kilchenstein

Objective: Raise awareness in the maintenance community to available technologies, best business practices, and innovative maintenance processes, while engaging senior maintenance leaders in assessing and prioritizing promising technology to deliver innovative, agile and affordable maintenance capability.

Abstract: The six finalists from the DoD Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) will present their available technologies, best business practices, and innovative maintenance processes to the maintenance community. Finalists will be selected from an evaluation board comprised of maintenance technology subject matter experts from the Joint Technology Exchange Group and industry. The session’s aim is to raise awareness of the maintenance community to promising new innovations, encourage collaboration and unique partnerships towards developing these capabilities, and to reward those with the greatest potential. The overall winner will be selected by DoD’s senior maintenance leaders from the Maintenance Executive Steering Committee, the Joint Group on Depot Maintenance, and the Industrial Base Commanders Peer to Peer Group. The winner will be announced during the maintenance symposium plenary session and presented with the 2016 Maintenance Innovation Challenge trophy. Also, as a new addition to this year’s challenge, attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot to select the “Peoples’ Choice Award”, which will be presented along with the winner of the MIC during the plenary session. Be Part of the Solution!

Moderator: Greg Kilchenstein, Enterprise Maintenance Technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs

Breakout #8
Enabling Readiness through Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+)
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Session Organizer: Dave Pack

Objective: Illustrate and discuss CBM+ capabilities and benefits that influence weapon system availability across the spectrum of operational engagements. Enable the execution of maintenance performed based on evidence of need, and integrate reliability centered maintenance (RCM) analysis with processes and capabilities that enhance the readiness and maintenance effectiveness of DoD systems and components.

Abstract: DoD subject matter experts and senior maintainers are making significant progress in providing a clear path for CBM+ implementation across the enterprise and identifying the benefits realized from these investments. CBM+ is the application and integration of appropriate processes and knowledge-based capabilities to achieve the targeted availability, reliability, operation and support costs of DoD systems and components across their life cycle. CBM+ uses a systems engineering approach to collect data, enable analysis, and support the decision-making processes for system acquisition, modernization, sustainment, and operations. This is a perfect opportunity for maintenance leaders and providers to gain a deeper understanding of the progress DoD is steadily making and the tremendous potential CBM+ offers for generating combat power (readiness) affordably.

Breakout #9
Software Maintenance/Sustainment: Enterprise-Level Issues and Challenges
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Session Organizer: John Stankowski

Objective: Identify the key challenges of sustaining software over the life cycle and highlight the specific actions being undertaken by the DoD and private industry to meet those challenges.

Abstract: Software is the foundational building material that enables the operation and functionality of our weapon systems that ultimately generates warfighter capability. Maintenance and sustainment of that software-to correct errors, improve performance, enhance functionality, and add capability-is a DoD mission-essential task that demands collaboration, coordination, and communication among the key stakeholders: Program Executive Officers, Program Managers, government Product Support Managers, government owned and operated software maintenance organizations, original equipment manufacturers and their supply chain, and importantly, operators. These stakeholders, collectively forming the "software sustainment enterprise," have effectively been providing relevant, responsive and reliable software engineering support for both new acquisition programs and older legacy systems. However, there are numerous longstanding and pervasive challenges that DoD and industry must tackle to successfully meet the demands and ever-increasing complexity of software intensive systems while addressing key statutory requirements and DoD policy imperatives. Software engineering, logistics and policy professionals from both Government and private industry will discuss the actions taken and lessons learned in solving our software maintenance/sustainment challenges.

Moderator: Mr. Michael McLendon, Associate Director, Software Solutions, Software Engineering Institute

Mr. Larry Muzzelo, Deputy to the Commander, Army Communications and Electronics Command
Mr. Steven K. Alsup, Director of Logistics, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command
Ms. Vickie F. Plunkett, Professional Staff Member, House Armed Services Committee

Breakout #10
Improving Workflow through Innovation and Workforce Engagement
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Session Organizer: Steve Michaluk

Objective: Identify and discus programs, initiatives, and new technologies designed to improve productivity and reduce maintenance cycle time.

Abstract: Time is money! Today, this old adage rings truer for DoD Maintenance than ever before. With the cost of labor driving the cost of sustaining weapon systems, it is imperative that DoD continue to explore ways to reduce maintenance flow days. Also, for every day that a weapon system is down for maintenance, that is a day that the equipment is not available for the intended purpose to support warfighting operations. This session is intended to provide an overview of the current innovative activities and technologies that are focused on significantly improving workflow across the DoD maintenance enterprise. Additionally, because our people are at the heart of innovation and positive change, attendees will gain an understanding of some of the best practices and forward thinking processes being employed to engage the workforce to effect real innovation in their maintenance activities.

Moderator: CAPT Charles M. Stuart, USN, Commanding Officer, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast

Mr. Kresten L. Cook, NAS Corpus Christi, Deputy to the Commander - LMP Implementation ta Corpus
Ms. Angela R. Padgett, NAVAIR FRC East, Advanced Technology IPT Lead, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) - Digital Thread
Mr. John K. Adams, AFMC A4, Robbins AFB (MXW/OBWB) – IUID
Mr. Luke H. Burke, AFLCMC/WNE, Wright-Patterson AFB, Director of Engineering – RTAT

Breakout #11
Implementing Corrosion Control Maintenance in a Constrained Resource Environment
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Session Organizer: Rich Hays

Objective: Discuss the challenges of executing corrosion-related maintenance within a constrained resource environment and identify opportunities for efficiency improvements that will enable the completion of prescribed levels of maintenance

Abstract: The direct cost of corrosion to the DoD exceeds $20B annually. Additionally, between 10% - 25% of all maintenance actions are corrosion-related. In today’s resource constrained environment, the ability to perform prescribed levels of preventive and corrective corrosion maintenance is extremely challenging. This panel will discuss the challenges and their impact on corrosion-related maintenance, opportunities for efficiency improvements, technology implementation, process modifications, and training.

Moderator: Mr. Rich Hays, Deputy Director, OUSD(AT&L)/Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office