DoD Maintenance Symposium

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

2018 Breakout Sessions

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 

Additive Manufacturing in DoD Maintenance – Realizing the Potential


Additive manufacturing (AM) leaders from across DoD and industry will provide an open discussion that highlights additive manufacturing and additive repair opportunities within the DoD maintenance community. Aimed at significantly improving our ability to generate ready and affordable weapon systems, an interactive panel of AM experts will provide an overview of successes, challenges and the way forward to realizing the AM potential across DoD maintenance and supply.


The session will provide an overview of how AM continues to transform maintenance and supply—from rapid prototyping and tooling to printing airworthy parts on demand. The panel of AM leaders from across DoD and industry will detail the challenges associated with scaled-up 3-D printing of supply parts, AM repair of retrograde and how their respective organizations are addressing those challenges head on. With a discussion of AM road-mapping efforts and the various AM opportunities that are commonly available to the DoD, the panel will describe AM successes achieved within their respective services and agencies—from additive repair examples and the proliferation of 3-D printing machines to manufacture tools, forms and parts. Additionally, the panel will conduct a lively interactive Q&A discussion on the issues they are currently encountering and describe some of the specific initiatives they are undertaking to overcome these challenges.

Mr. Greg Kilchenstein
Director, Enterprise Maintenance Technology
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Materiel Readiness)

Colonel Howie Marotto, USMC - presentation*
Additive Manufacturing Lead 
USMC, USMC Headquarters, Installations & Logistics (NexLog)

Ms. Tracy Frost
Director, DoD Manufacturing Technology
OUSD(Research & Engineering)

Mr. Ben Bouffard - presentation*
Additive Manufacturing Lead

Dr. Bernard Goodly - presentation*
Chief, Supply Capabilities Division
U.S. Army Materiel Command

Mr. Mark Shaw, Industry - presentation*
Government Programs Leader
GE Additive

Mr. John Hedke - presentation*

Kelly Visconti - presentation*
Supporting Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Supply Support for Weapon System Sustainment – Is it all About the Data?


Illuminate the necessary supply and maintenance planning actions to improve and integrate supply support for the sustainment of weapon systems and equipment for increased availability.


Supply support for the sustainment of weapon systems is a major linchpin. While a degree of mystery is part and parcel of DoD maintenance, repair and overhaul, having an automated means of understanding material condition of the weapon system, component, or equipment prior to induction is essential. Strong evidence across many platforms suggests that the challenges our maintainers face go far beyond unanticipated repairs—and actually indicate fundamental, systemic problems with the maintenance bill of materials (MBOM) and work packages developed to support their effective and efficient repair actions. Is a return to basic supply and maintenance planning in order? Does the answer lie in scrubbing MBOMs, maintenance work packages, and technical instructions? If so, does improved supply support stop there? Is the answer truly science or artistry? Is the solution the latest generation IT system with artificial intelligence? Is it expanded use of IUID? This panel of cross-functional experts will discuss the various approaches currently employed by different members of the sustainment community to improve systems' availability, present their results, and share future vision. Discussions will include material forecasting, enabling technologies, best practices used in DoD and industry.

Ms. Dee Reardon
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics)
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Major General Mark K. Johnson, USAF 
Director of Logistics Operations (J3), Defense Logistics Agency

Ms. Renee Mosher - presentation*
Deputy Chief of Staff G 3-4 for Logistics Integration
Army Materiel Command

Ms. Lynn Kohl
Vice Commander
Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support

Mr. Dennis D'Angelo - presentation*
448th Supply Chain Management Wing

Mr. Jeffrey Allen
Director of Landing Gear Performance Based Logistics
AAR Corp

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Strategies for Strengthening the DoD Organic Manufacturing Industrial Base


Explore strategies for mitigating gaps in national security-related industrial base manufacturing capabilities, including non-existent, extinct, threatened and single-point-of-failure capabilities.


A healthy organic defense manufacturing industrial base is essential to the strength of our Armed Forces and national security of the United States. The ability of the United States to maintain readiness and to surge in response to an emergency directly relates to the capacity, capabilities and resiliency of our manufacturing industrial base. However, there are gaps in the ability of the manufacturing industrial base to manufacture or obtain the goods critical to maintain readiness and surge requirements. U.S. national security may be made vulnerable by an inability to obtain or maintain various essential components that make up a healthy defense manufacturing industrial base. This session will identify various elements essential for the United States to maintain a non-commercially dependent, robust defense manufacturing industrial base and explore the steps necessary to mitigate any gaps through the use of the organic industrial base—now and in the future.

Ms. Sara V. Keller
Deputy Director of Logistics, Civil Engineering, Force Protection, and Nuclear Integration 
Air Force Materiel Command

Brigadier General Chris Hill, USAF 
Commander, Oklahoma Air Logistics Complex

Colonel Ken Letcher, USA
Rock Island Arsenal-Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center

Captain Howard B. Markle, USN
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Maintaining Our Nation's Defense Capability


Defense materiel readiness is generated two ways: manufacturing and maintenance. This panel will examine how the Department, as envisioned by Congress, ensures we have a "ready and controlled source" to maintain the weapon systems used in defense of our Nation.


This panel will enumerate and discuss the dominant provisions of Title 10, United States Code (USC) that have an effect on depot maintenance along with the overarching philosophy that is the basis of those provisions. They will discuss how these statutes work in concert to ensure there is a balance between organic and commercial sources and that collectively we are ready to support warfighter requirements. The panel will discuss what core logistics capabilities are; how those capabilities relate, if at all, to 50/50 requirements and clarify misconceptions. They will discuss the core identification and approval process and at what level 50/50 is determined and monitored. This session will provide insights, interpretation and guidance from the Congress, OSD and Service leadership to better understand how the Nation ensures the readiness of our defense capabilities.

Rich Frey 
Logistics Management Specialist 
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Materiel Readiness)

Dr. Nelson Williams 
Chief, Sustainment Maintenance Division 

Mr. Gene Pierce 
Chief, Depot Maintenance Integration 

Lieutenant Colonel Hubert, USMC 
LPC-1 Section Head 

Mr. Dan Schrader 
Depot Maintenance Policy and Reporting 
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Mr. Jay Berry 
LMI Senior Consultant, Sustainment

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Maintenance Innovation Challenge


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 maintenance capabilities.


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 aims to raise awareness of the maintenance community to promising new innovations, encourage collaboration and unique partnerships toward developing these capabilities and 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 2018 Maintenance Innovation Challenge trophy. Additionally, attendees will 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.

Green Wet Blasting Technology for Maintenance, - presentation*
Repair, and Overhaul of DoD Components 
Frederick A. Greis, Wet Technologies Inc.

Laser Ablation and Naval Maintenance Applications - presentation*
Janice Bryant, NAVSEA Tactical Innovation Implementation Lab, 
and Susan L. Sprentall, SurClean, Inc.

Metal Additive Manufacturing Tooling and Testing Equipment - presentation*
Martin Williams, US Air Force, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, 
76th Commodities Maintenance Group, REACT

Repository of Additive Parts for Tactical & Operational - presentation*
Readiness (RAPTOR) equals Readiness 
Timothy Phillis, United States Army Armament Research, 
Development and Engineering

Robotic Automation for Environment, Safety, - presentation*
and Occupational Health (ESOH) Risk Reduction, 
Throughput Increase, and Improved Quality 
Shane Groves, US Air Force

Using Multi-Pole Magnetic Technology to Improve - presentation*
Productivity, Quality and Safety 
Jim Michael, Maglogix, LLC

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Recruiting, Developing and Retaining an Effective Organic Industrial Base Maintenance Workforce


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


A panel of DoD maintenance leaders will describe key characteristics of the current and future maintenance workforce, to include functional competency, courage, candor and the ability to foster collaboration and innovation. Discussions will solicit personal perspectives and general workforce trends and opportunities, including hiring, training, retaining and leader development models and initiatives. Panelists will also discuss any anticipated gaps in required skill sets and discuss strategies and initiatives to successfully recruit and train, develop and lead a more diverse, effective and efficient maintenance workforce. The scope of the discussions will address development of the entire maintenance community—from frontline 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.

Mr. Kevin D. Stamey
Executive Director
Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command

Rear Admiral Stephen Williamson, USN
Deputy Commander
Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations 
Naval Sea Systems Command

Brigadier General Chris Hill, USAF
Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex

Mr. David Clifton
Executive Deputy
Marine Corps Logistics Command

Mr. Martin Ahmad 
Deputy Commander for Fleet Readiness Centers & Director 
of Industrial Operations, Naval Air Systems Command

Mr. Terance Battle - presentation*
Acting Director, Maintenance Policy, Programs and Processes, 
Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (G-4)

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Software Maintenance/Sustainment: Delivering Assured Warfighter Capability Across the Life Cycle Objective


Challenge participants to embrace modern software practices for delivering warfighter capability faster, more affordably and with greater mission assurance in a dynamic threat and capability environment.


Software is the foundational building material for the engineering of systems and the principal means for delivering functionality to the warfighter. Many emerging weapon system capabilities are software-driven, and the proportion of software-enabled functions is nearing 100 percent of the capabilities that make up fully integrated weapon systems. To deliver new warfighter capability and maintain our competitive lethal edge in a highly contested operational environment, the line between what is considered software acquisition and software sustainment has blurred because software maintenance/sustainment is a process of continuous engineering. To achieve continuous delivery of new capability over the life cycle, it is imperative that we shift to a continuous engineering paradigm, model and process for software. This panel will provide insights on modern software engineering concepts, processes and practices that enable continuous delivery of warfighter capability. Participants will be challenged to review and realign their organization’s software development and support methods and processes with the new paradigm, and improve the readiness of weapon systems across the Department.

Mr. Michael H McLendon - presentation*
Associate Director
Software Solutions, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Jeff Boleng - presentation*
Special Assistant for Software Acquisition
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Dr. Bill Scherlis - presentation*
Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University

Mr. Richard Jack - presentation*
Chief Engineer, C4ISR
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific

Mr. Richard Kutter - presentation*
Technical Advisor, Embedded Computer Systems and Software
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Ms. Danielle Moyer - presentation*
Deputy Director
Software Engineering Center, Communications and Electronics Command

Over All Panel Summary - presentation*

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Opinions Are Interesting - Analyzing "Big Data" Is Illuminating


Explore DoD and Service-level big data initiatives designed to support the goal of achieving readiness targets for all readiness-reportable equipment at the lowest sustainment cost.


Improving materiel readiness is a Secretary of Defense imperative. Through DoDI 3110.05, Readiness-based Materiel Condition Reporting for Mission-Essential Systems and Equipment, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness (ASD(L&MR)) has the responsibility to "monitor materiel condition reporting for weapon systems and use materiel condition information in the oversight of logistics programs and operations." In order to adequately exercise the role as the logistics global integrator, ASD(L&MR) must understand, characterize and report materiel readiness and maintenance data accurately and comprehensively across the Department of Defense. Achieving readiness targets for all readiness reportable equipment at the lowest sustainment cost is the goal that binds together the Department’s operational and sustainment communities. While individual military services demonstrate advanced performance measurement approaches, there is no analytical approach directly supporting DoD-level sustainment improvement initiatives. In order to improve its monitoring and oversight role, the ASD(L&MR) must have the ability to identify common causes of availability loss and maintenance cost drivers across the DoD enterprise so that focused and prioritized solutions can be applied. This session will explore both Department and Service-level "big data" initiatives underway to achieve readiness targets and provide actionable information for senior leadership.

Mr. Eric F. Herzberg - presentation*
Principle, LMI

Colonel Quentin Noriega, USA - presentation*
Director, U.S. Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Activity

Ms. Kim M. Brown - presentation*
Chief, Systems Integration Division, Air Force Materiel Command

Mr. Todd Stiefler 
General Manager, Military Digital Solutions 
GE Aviation

Mr. Nicholas Lanham 
Operations Research Analyst 
Naval Center for Cost Analysis

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Accelerating Execution of Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+)


Provide a clear case for rapidly implementing and executing CBM+ in alignment with DoD's drive toward improved readiness and lethality. A panel of DoD and industry leaders will conduct an illuminating discussion on the rapid expansion of CBM+ in support of sustainment activities across DoD, addressing CBM+ outcomes, gaps, challenges and opportunities from both government and industry perspectives.


CBM+ is DoD's transformative sustainment initiative for improving materiel availability and lowering lifecycle sustainment cost. Based on over a decade of guidance and development by OSD and the Military Services, CBM+ implementations have proven successful in improving weapon system availability, enhancing safety and increasing maintenance efficiency while reducing costs. Leveraging a renewed emphasis from the Department's leadership and advancements in enabling technology and data disciplines, CBM+ efforts are being expanded and executed to achieve more effective enterprise sustainment capabilities. Based on a recent Department-wide CBM+ Implementation Maturity Survey, various enterprise-level challenges to scaled-up execution will be highlighted, and potential solution sets discussed. One key to future CBM+ success is the participation of industry in providing innovative open-source, open-standard solutions and best-in-class analytics. The panel will include Service and Industry CBM+ leaders who will present their specific experiences, discuss execution challenges, outline their roadmaps for the future and identify how DoD and Industry can partner to expand and accelerate CBM+ execution and improve DoD materiel readiness posture.

Mr. Steve Morani
Director of Logistics
Air Force Sustainment Center

Brigadier General Steven Bleymaier, USAF - presentation*
Director of Logistics Engineering and Force Protection
Air Mobility Command

Brigadier General Thomas Todd, III, USA
Program Executive Officer, Aviation
Program Executive Office, Aviation

Brigadier General David Maxwell, USMC
Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (Plans)
Installations and Logistics

Mr. Jim Kenny - presentation*
Director for Marine Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command

Mr. Roy Harris
Director of Aviation Readiness and Resources Analysis Department
Naval Air Systems Command

Mr. Nick Lappos
Senior Fellow Emeritus
Lockheed Martin

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

Resilient, Agile and Distributed Sustainment Operations


Discuss challenges and approaches to preparing the sustainment enterprise to achieve maximum battlefield success in access-denied environments.


For the better part of three decades, large stockpiles of strategically positioned equipment and parts have postured the United States for battlefield success in the Middle East. This template has proven effective where a permissive supply chain and secure infrastructure have become a way of life. But will future peer-to-peer conflict afford U.S. forces the same luxuries we take for granted today? Future engagements are likely to take place in access-denied environments, where personnel, stockpiles and equipment will be at risk. To win, combat forces must adopt dynamic force employment strategies to maximize battlefield effectiveness. These strategies, which could include agile, distributed operations, require a sustainment strategy that is equally nimble, responsive and resilient. Could we execute in this fashion if called upon today? Is our supply chain capable of supporting this dynamic employment model? Is our distribution system up to the task? Is the cybersecurity of our IT systems assured? This interactive discussion with panel members from the joint sustainment enterprise will illuminate future challenges sustaining combat forces and highlight approaches the enterprise must adopt to maintain a competitive advantage over adversaries.

Mr. Bruce Busler, 
Director, Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center

Heidi Hoyle - presentation*

Rear Admiral John Polowczyk, USN 
Vice Director, Joint Staff

Rear Admiral Larry Jackson, USN (Ret)

Captain Bobby Barakat, USN

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

From Tired Iron to Increased Readiness and Lethality


Discuss ongoing challenges and innovative approaches to increasing readiness and lethality of legacy weapon systems.


"Tired Iron" is more than an expression. Our reality is that the majority of our "fight tonight" fielded weapon systems and equipment are vintage. Consider the B-52, KC-135, USS NIMITZ and M-1. Granted, all have been modified and updated but their birth certificates remain unchanged. With the National Defense Strategy mandate to increase readiness and lethality, the maintenance and sustainment communities are challenged to make significant availability gains to these older weapon systems while recapitalization of new systems occurs over time. Is that even possible when some of these systems have inherent capabilities and reliability "designed-in?" The traditional approaches to leaning out muda (waste) and reducing repair turnaround times are necessary but not sufficient as work packages continue to grow in scope and hours. What will it take? What can and should the maintenance and sustainment community do? What contributions can industry make? A selected group of program managers and sustainment subject matter experts share what is being done and share potential issues and approaches.

Mr. Robert P Ernst - presentation*
Chief Engineer, Tactical Unmanned Aviation
Naval Air Systems Command

Mr. Mario Nieto
Deputy Director, Field Support Operations
U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command

Mr. Bill R Barnes - presentation*
Deputy System Program Manager, B-1/B-52 Bombers s
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Mr. John J. Murphy 
Chief Engineer, Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program 
Naval Sea Systems Command

Mr. Travis McBurnett - presentation*
Director, F/A-18 Sustainment