DoD Maintenance Symposium

December 9-12, 2019 │ Spokane, Washington, USA

Technical Program: Monday, December 9

Perspectives on “Work” in Support of Weapon System Maintenance — From the Recently Onboarded to the Seasoned Professional

8:00-10:00 a.m. │ Room 111 B-C


With a focus on attracting, obtaining, and maintaining a relevant workforce, engage in a lively discussion about what is within the art of the possible to accommodate and manage employment expectations and diverse needs across multiple generations of maintainers.

Human Resource challenges within DoD’s maintenance enterprise are well known; however, most discussions tend to be narrowly focused, unimaginative, and mostly descriptive of a situation we all know must improve. This session aims to liven up the dialog by bringing together an array of stakeholders of various ages to “duke it out” based upon their individual and organizational perspectives. This will take the abstract out of how we attract, obtain, and retain, and the maintainers of the equipment and weapon systems that protect and defend this nation. The preferred outcome of this session is the realization of a common goal: placing and caring for our people so that we can accomplish the ultimate mission.


Moderator: Mr. Joseph Price, Directory of Organic Industrial Base Strategy, ODASD Materiel Readiness *presentation


  • Mr. Jim Antonelli, Director of Resource Management, Tobyhanna Army Depot *presentation
  • Mr. Earl Vinson, Command Operations Director, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast *presentation
  • Ms. Kristin McAfee, Human Resources Management Chief, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center
  • Mr. Vince Bustamante, Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic, Marine Depot Maintenance Command
  • Mr. Hunter Lang, Apprentice, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Accelerating Sustainment Technology Adoption

8:00-10:00 a.m. │ Room 300 B-D


Examine enterprise-level approaches to sustainment technology insertion and transition. Provide DoD and industry leaders’ perspectives on technology and innovation strategies, plans, and initiatives for weapon systems and equipment to explore how these leaders are working to accelerate the transition of game-changing maintenance and sustainment capabilities critical to meeting weapon system readiness objectives.

The current defense environment requires responsive and reliable sustainment organizations that are supported by world-class processes and technology solutions. “Ready systems at the speed of relevance” is more than a tag line; it is foundational to our national security. We cannot continue using legacy methods and tools in expectation of making significant improvement in weapon system readiness and lifecycle cost. Global commitments and fiscal constraints necessitate the sustainment community advance sustainment processes and maintenance paradigms to meet current and future readiness requirements. New strategies, process innovations, and the effective and efficient application of new technologies will largely determine the success of the sustainment enterprise in improving DoD system availability.

During this session, senior sustainment leaders will highlight how their organizations are evaluating, prioritizing, and implementing technologies necessary to address both current and future sustainment challenges. Panelists will discuss their strategies for advancing sustainment technologies and how they are implementing those strategies and overcoming challenges. They will also present an overview of key sustainment technology initiatives and provide their experience-based perspective of how we can accelerate technology adoption.


Moderator: Mr. Steven Morani, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Materiel Readiness *presentation


  • Rear Admiral Lorin Selby, USN, Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration, and Engineering, SEA-05, Naval Sea Systems Command *presentation
  • Ms. Renee' Mosher, Deputy Chief of Staff, Supply Chain Management Directorate, G3, Army Materiel Command *presentation
  • Ms. Angela Tymofichuk, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Logistics and Product Support, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics *presentation
  • Ms. Lisa Strama, President and CEO, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences *presentation

Transforming Today’s Organic Industrial Base— A Framework for Addressing Gaps and Driving Success in a Time of Strategic Transition

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. │ Room 111 B-C


Engage participants in a lively discussion about an innovative organic industrial base (OIB) framework that can help establish a baseline and actions needed for improvements.

“Without sustained and predictable investment to restore readiness and modernize our military to make it fit for our time, we will rapidly lose our military advantage, resulting in a Joint Force that has legacy systems irrelevant to the defense of our people.”
         —2018 National Defense Strategy

This session will feature an innovative OIB framework with five dimensions: human capital, manufacturing, finance, infrastructure, and governance. The framework is a main outcome of a 2-year Eisenhower School OIB study. It has been applied to produce strategic OIB observations as well as near and long-term enhancement recommendations.

Senior DoD policy and decision makers have taken notice of the proposed framework, already recognizing its potential to improve the OIB and to address current congressional and Government Accountability Office analytical and reporting requirements. Panelists will leverage the framework to structure a descriptive and prescriptive dialog about OIB status, gaps, and revitalization opportunities. The primary goal is to convey full appreciation of the actions needed to restore the OIB’s relevancy and importance in attaining the major National Defense Strategy imperatives to compete, deter, and win.


Moderator: Colonel Grant Izzi, USAF, Instructor, Eisenhower School, National Defense University *presentation


  • Ms. Diana Maurer, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, US Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Steven Lagana, PMS 555 Program Manager, Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program Office, Naval Sea Systems Command
  • Col Michael O'Connor, Commander, 92 d Maintenance Group
  • Mr. Mark Wagner, Deputy to the Commander, Corpus Christi Army Depot

Today’s Weapon System Availability Challenges— Do They Require a New Level of Collaborative Business Arrangements?

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. │ Room 300 B-D


Baseline the scope and results of current sustainment-related partnerships and offer concepts for more effective incentive structures. Panelists will provide practical “next steps” to leverage the wealth of industrial capabilities that exist in both sectors.

The time is now for DoD to reconceive and transform the depth, breadth, and results of the business relationships it has with industry to meet weapon system availability and readiness goals. Likewise, industry has strong imperatives to provide viable, more strategic sustainment mechanisms. These new approaches must integrate with DoD’s headquarters, sustainment, and maintenance organizations to achieve better results. This panel discussion will provide different perspectives on how to enable the next level of collaborative business arrangements focused on improved supply chain management among producers, carriers, and sustainment services providers. This panel will first baseline the status quo and then offer specific areas of opportunity in which improved partnerships and collaborative business relationships can better leverage the combined strength of the organic industrial base and its industry partners across the sustainment enterprise. Panel members will offer practical steps toward an end state of collaborative business arrangements that are structured to provide exceptionally effective and efficient public and private industrial capabilities and capacity. The goal is to challenge the community to pursue actions in support of a new level of collaborative synergy that produces clear outcomes in response to the current state of weapon system availability across the Department.


Moderator: Ms. Annette Lozen, Industrial Base Manager / MISO, US Army TACOM


  • Air Commodore Robert Woods, Air Domain Chief of Staff, UK RAF *presentation
  • Mr. Richard Hamilton, Manufacturing & Support Director, BAeS
  • Mr. Anthony J. Baumann, Director of Contracting, Air Force Sustainment Center
  • Mr. Joe Spruill, Chair, Product Support Committee, Aerospace Industries Association

The Organic Industrial Base through an Analyst’s Lens

1:00-2:30 p.m. │ Room 111 B-C


Gain perspective on how the Organic Industrial Base (OIB) looks from some of the most independent and analytical professionals in the federal government.

The OIB is assessed by a variety of independent analytical agencies within the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. federal government. Recent analyses range from capital investment reviews to the overall contribution of the OIB to materiel readiness outcomes. Representatives from three key agencies will offer their perspectives. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) serves as an independent, nonpartisan agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative service for Congress. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides nonpartisan policy and legal analysis to support the work of the committees and Members of Congress. The mission of the Air Force Audit Agency is to provide timely, relevant, and quality audit services enabling Air Force leadership to make informed decisions.


Moderator: Brigadier General Kyle W. Robinson, USAF, Commandant, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University


  • Mr. James Herrera, Analyst, Congressional Research Service *presentation

  • Mr. Christopher Clark, Air Force Audit Agency *presentation

  • Ms. Jodie Sandel, Assistant Director, US Government Accountability Office

  • Mr. Trent Blalock, Deputy Commander, Marine Depot Maintenance Command *presentation

Maintenance Innovation Challenge

1:00-2:30 p.m. │ Room 300 B-D


Raise awareness and encourage wide adoption of 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 mainte-nance capabilities.

The six finalists from the DoD Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) will present their technologies, best business practices, and innovative maintenance processes. Finalists were selected by an evaluation board of maintenance technology subject matter experts from the Joint Technology Exchange Group and industry. The session aims to raise awareness of promising innovations, encourage collaboration and unique partnerships that develop these capabilities, and reward those with the greatest potential. The overall winner was 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 Symposium plenary session and presented with the 2019 Maintenance Innovation Challenge trophy. Attendees of this breakout session will also have the opportunity to cast a ballot to select the “People’s Choice Award,” which will be presented along with the winner of the MIC during the plenary session.


Moderator: Mr. Greg Kilchenstein, Director, Enterprise Maintenance Technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness


Joint Robotics Organization for Building Organic Technologies (JROBOT) *presentation
Mr. Stephen McKee
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

Fully Organic Repair of Air Force Assets via Cold Spray *presentation
Mr. Glen Drebes
U.S. Air Force, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center Complex

Injection Procedure for Applying Radar Absorbent Material *presentation
Mr. Andrew Kohl
Fleet Readiness Center-Southwest, Naval Air Systems Command

Printed Circuit Board Reverse Engineering / Prototyping Suite (PCB-REPS) *presentation
Mr. Damon Brown
Warner Robbins Air Logistics Complex

Atmospheric Plasma Coating Removal *presentation
Mr. Glenn Astolfi
Atmospheric Plasma Solutions. Inc.

MELD: A Novel Solid-State Technology for Sustainment *presentation
Mr. Chase Cox
MELD Manufacturing Corporation





Investments in the Organic Industrial Base — Need for Modernizing and Enhancing OIB Infrastructure and Equipment

3:00-4:30 p.m. │ Room 111 B-C


Provide insights from DoD leaders regarding investment strategies in the OIB and whether the Department is investing enough, and in the right places, to affect positive production improvements in support of material availability goals.

DoD organic industrial facilities require proper resourcing to close capability gaps, optimize efficiency gains, and address future workload challenges. Investment in depot infrastructure, equipment, and workflow processes need to match the pace of evolving weapon system technology; however, investment in the OIB is lagging as evidenced by recent GAO reports and congressional directives for new depot optimization plans. This breakout session will include discussions on the adequacy of 10 USC 2476 minimum capital investment requirements, incorporating best practices from private industry and the processes used to prioritize investments.


Moderator: Mr. John Johns, CEO, Gryphon Defense Group


  • Ms. Diana Maurer, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, US Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Thomas Cockrum, Director, Maintenance Management Center, Marine Corps Logistics Command *presentation
  • Ms. Amy Cannello, Group Head, Industrial Capability and Infrastructure, Fleet Readiness Centers *presentation
  • Mr. Jeffrey Sick, Logistics, Vice Director, Air Force Materiel Command *presentation


Sustainment Data: Is "Big Data" Moving Us from Description to Prediction?

3:00-4:30 p.m. │ Room 300 B-D


Explore both Department- and Service-level big data initiatives and the strategic opportunities these efforts offer to better align materiel readiness metrics and management to support readiness recovery at lowest cost.

In the last two National Defense Authorization Acts, Congress laid the foundation for DoD to use data to drive decision making by requiring the Department to “establish a data policy that mandates that any data contained in a defense business system related to business operations and management is an asset of the Department,” and “issue and maintain guidance requiring the implementation and use of material readiness metrics to enable assessment of the readiness of armed forces to carry out the national defense strategy.”

In this breakout session, leaders from both public and private sectors will describe their efforts to establish the infrastructure, systems, and processes needed to provide more consistent, reliable, and accurate materiel condition information for data-driven analysis and decision making. Panelists will share insights into progress made, lessons learned, best commercial derivative practices, key obstacles, and near- and long-term opportunities associated with the promise of “big data” solutions as applied to DoD’s sustainment space.


Moderator: Mr. Michael P. Hynes, Director, Data Integration and Readiness Assessments, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness


  • Colonel Deacon Maddox, USA, Director, Logistics Data Analysis Center, Army Material Command *presentation
  • Col Randall Ackerman, Commander, 309th Aircrat Maintenance Group
  • Mr. Andrew Schaffer, Technical Director for the Logistics Chief Information Officer Support Division, Directorate of Resource Integration, Logistics, Engineering, & Force Protection *presentation
  • Eric Herzberg, Fellow, LM *presentation