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

A Glimpse of the Maintenance Community Leadership Perspective - A View from Both Sides
Objective: Gain key insights from DoD and Industry Maintenance Community Leaders regarding present and future maintenance 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. Potential topics include: the health of the industrial base; impacts of funding constraints; tech data rights; BRAC; and more. Panelists will present their observations and discuss where DoD and Industry leaders differ, or have common recommended solutions. This session includes a question and answer opportunity and also solicits potential solutions from the audience for the most pressing maintenance community issues.

Senior Logisticians Roundtable
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.

The Changing Battlefield Landscape and the Maintenance/Logistics Challenges
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.

Symposium Breakout Topics

Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Operations
Objective: Showcase additive manufacturing capabilities supporting maintenance operations and discuss 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) very well could be 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 Military Service representatives and Industry experts the opportunity to discuss current Additive Manufacturing initiatives supporting maintenance operations; addressing common challenges, issues and potential strategies for accelerating the implementation of AM in support of maintenance and sustainment.

Depot Maintenance Workforce Revitalization & Leadership Development
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.

Weapons System Support/Sustainment Considerations in a Cyber Environment
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.

Maintenance and Supply Alignment: Bridging the Gap between Maintenance Requirements and Supply Support to Maintenance
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.

"It's the Law" - The Principles of Depot Maintenance in Title 10
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.

Public Private Partnering for Product Support
Objective: Examine the differences in approaches used by different activities within the Department of Defense for establishing and administering partnerships with industry

Abstract: When the Department published policy on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for depot maintenance in 2007, there was sparse guidance describing how to implement partnerships. Since law and policy were broad and liberally interpreted, it was incumbent upon the creativity of the practitioners to create new processes and language describing these business relationships. However, since 2007, differing sectors of the department have developed distinctive brands of PPP, driven by differences in business philosophy, product attributes and/or characteristics of the Government organization and facilities. This panel will explore the range of differences that exist today in Partnerships across the Product Support domain, examine why these differences exist, and address the trade-offs between commonality and variation among the supporting functions.

Maintenance Innovation Challenge
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!

Enabling Readiness through Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+)
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.

Software Maintenance/Sustainment: Enterprise-Level Issues and Challenges
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.

Improving Workflow through Innovation and Workforce Engagement
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.

Implementing Corrosion Control Maintenance in a Constrained Resource Environment
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.