DoD Maintenance Symposium

December 17-20, 2018

Tampa, Florida, USA

Tampa Convention Center

Technical Program

Plenary Sessions

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Posturing Sustainment to Compete and Win Against a Peer Competitor


OBJECTIVE

Discuss with senior defense leaders the implications of a more dynamic and dispersed force employment framework required for high-end warfighting and deterrence threats upon our sustainment systems. The new National Defense Strategy makes a clear case for action now to ensure we can support the future force. Upon conclusion of the session, a broader understanding of some of the unique challenges and initial sustainment reform initiatives already underway will be obtained.

ABSTRACT

DoD recognizes that the demands and inherent unpredictability of the future force posture will fundamentally change how we think about providing logistics support to the warfighter. Fixed logistics hubs of massive scale that operate largely unharassed from the adversary are unrealistic and unlikely going forward. After more than a decade and a half of conflict, one thing is for sure: The high-end conflict we must prepare for now will not be like the last one from a sustainer’s perspective. In light of that, we must aggressively get beyond that last fight in order to evolve to meet the challenges before us within the context of new demands and opportunities.

This is change management on a grand scale that will require a shared vision and tighter integration between Service operational logistics nodes that we have achieved to date; a true multi-domain logistics command and control capability. The session will explore adjustments to our risk tolerance levels in terms of logistics and maintenance capabilities commensurate with a distributed logistics construct, as well as a discussion on how we may absorb adversary attacks targeted specifically at our sustainment systems and nodes while continuing to support more lethal forces in the field. The dialog will include an assessment of the triggers to surge production of our organic industrial base and what measures, and/or investments need to be made now in order to reform our wholesale production operations to enhance the performance of our supply, logistics, and maintenance systems.


Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Health of the Defense Industrial Base


OBJECTIVE

Assemble key leaders to examine the health of the Industrial Base to explore the key issues facing it in the years and decades ahead. More pointedly, to provide a dynamic and highly interactive exchange focused on steps that might be taken, in the near term to ensure the future health of the American national security; within the industrial base. “How can we effectively responded to security threats to our national industrial base?”

ABSTRACT

The defense and national industrial base has certainly played a major role in defending America, from the major build-up during World War II to providing advanced equipment to our servicemen and women in today’s conflicts. In preparing a response to Executive Order 13806, the DoD worked extensively to characterize the inherent criticalities and fragilities across the spectrum of commodities and cross-cutting services that enable effective National Defense. What we discovered was those traditional strengths of our industrial base through the Cold War era are at risk, and this is all the more concerning given the complexity of today’s threats we face. American manufacturing capacity is declining while technology is evolving at a tremendous pace. This forum assembles key leaders and functional stakeholders in the Organic Industrial Base to examine in a threat scenario how the organic industrial base is postured to perform in the event that select sectors of the commercial sector fall short of expectations. More pointedly, to answer the question, “Have we effectively responded to gaps in our national industrial base with our organic base capabilities?”


Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

F-35’s Sustainment Journey and Revelations for Other Weapon System Acquisitions


OBJECTIVE

Viewed as a case study, present the F-35’s journey to establish sustainment capability, addressing both technical and programmatic issues that are confounding to logisticians and sustainers. Translate the F-35 lessons learned to other major weapon system acquisitions.

ABSTRACT

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a revolutionary weapon system built on a foundation of next-generation capabilities supported by an unprecedented sustainment concept. Considering the magnitude of the program, the large, diverse array of suppliers and consumers, the concurrency of fielding and design and the number of configurations fielded, it is also the most complex acquisition ever conceived. Given these superlatives combined with simultaneous acquisition and sustainment, it should come as no surprise that there are some significant challenges in sustaining the F-35. A cross section of experts will share lessons learned from this fifth-generation fighter acquisition and how this approach could influence our sustainment methodology for future weapon systems.

Breakout Sessions

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Additive Manufacturing in DoD Maintenance – Realizing the Potential


OBJECTIVE

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.

ABSTRACT

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.


Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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


OBJECTIVE

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

ABSTRACT

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.


Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Strategies for Strengthening the DoD Organic Manufacturing Industrial Base


OBJECTIVE

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

ABSTRACT

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.


Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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.

ABSTRACT

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.


Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Maintenance Innovation Challenge


OBJECTIVE

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.

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 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.


Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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


OBJECTIVE

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

ABSTRACT

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.


Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Innovative Approaches to Businesses Relationships


OBJECTIVE

Examine the multidisciplinary nature of business relationships and explore the variations on a theme that allow for diversity and differentiation across the industrial base.

ABSTRACT

America’s defense industrial base consists of the end-to-end set of capabilities, both private and public, that design, produce and sustain the platforms, systems and technologies (hardware and software) upon which our warfighters depend. It is comprised of a geographically and economically diverse network of private sector companies, R&D organizations, academic institutions and government entities that contribute to collective capabilities that ultimately enable U.S. military dominance and national security. The participants in this diverse network are bound together by a number of coexisting forces, including patriotism, passion for technology, career incentives and profit motivations; they are normally governed by a written document such as a contract, memorandum or partnership agreement. The mechanics of these relationships range from informal coalitions of the willing to legally binding, FAR-based contracts. Performance-based logistics, public-private partnerships and contractor logistics support are viable tools to support these relationships if exercised with the sufficient metrics and controls. Regardless of the type of relationship, its success depends on a number of factors, including shared equity, common vision, open communications and trust. These factors are the liberal arts that enable empirically engineered outcomes, and pulling these efforts together often requires more than just simple business acumen. This panel will examine the multidisciplinary nature of business relationships and explore the variation in approach engendering the requisite diversity, differentiation and equitable opportunity across the industrial base.


Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Opinions Are Interesting - Analyzing “Big Data” Is Illuminating


OBJECTIVE

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.

ABSTRACT

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.


Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Accelerating Execution of Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+)


OBJECTIVE

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.

ABSTRACT

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.


Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Resilient, Agile and Distributed Sustainment Operations


OBJECTIVE

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

ABSTRACT

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.


Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

From Tired Iron to Increased Readiness and Lethality


OBJECTIVE

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

ABSTRACT

“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.

Tutorials

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 10 :00 a.m.

Software Sustainment Performance Measures – A Tutorial on Identifying and Implementing Effective Measures for Today’s Weapons Systems


OBJECTIVE

Provide insight into the state of the practice for measuring software sustainment and maintenance across the DoD, and how to identify, define and implement performance measures to support decision making at the Project, Organizational and Enterprise levels.

ABSTRACT

Is your software sustainment organization effective? As software plays an ever-increasing role in enabling weapon systems and consuming precious resources, the need for objective management and insight is essential. This tutorial will provide an overview of the measures used in practice across the DoD software sustainment enterprise. It will highlight common information needs and decisions related to software sustainment and provide candidate measures that can be tailored and refined locally. Participants are encouraged to investigate what measures are used within their domain to enable an active discussion. Participants will gain an understanding of the data, processes, resources and tools required to implement an effective software sustainment measurement capability.


Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Protecting a National Treasure – The Organic Industrial Base


OBJECTIVE

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.

ABSTRACT

What are core logistics capabilities? How do these relate, if at all,to 50/50 requirements? Who decides what is core and at what level 50/50 is determined? What about managing the depot workforce? All great questions along with many others regarding our organic depot maintenance capabilities. This session will provide insights, interpretation and guidance from OSD and Service leadership to better understand and implement the statutes that govern depot maintenance.


Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sustainment Technology from Development to Transition – A Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) and Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Tutorial


OBJECTIVE

Provide a tutorial that presents an overview of the new USAF Rapid Sustainment Office and the Concept of Operations for how materiel availability enablers will be rapidly transitioned to sustainers. Additionally, this tutorial will provide details on how DoD’s CTMA program works and what DoD and commercial activities can do to leverage it to expeditiously transition promising technologies to DoD’s sustainment enterprise.

ABSTRACT

The session will provide an overview of the new USAF Rapid Sustainment Office and the Concept of Operations for rapidly transitioning and integrating cutting-edge sustainment technologies across the USAF. Additionally, this tutorial will provide an exposé on how the CTMA program can be utilized to assist industry and government in developing sustainment technology, successfully inserting that capability within DoD maintenance and sustainment. The session will detail the CTMA collaborative process, which streamlines the validation and demonstration of technologies and has experienced a 92 percent technology transition rate.


Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Round 2 - The Good, Bad and a Little Bit of Ugly – A SecDef Maintenance Awards Tutorial


OBJECTIVE

Provide feedback from selection board members and engage in frank discussions regarding submissions for the annual Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards.

ABSTRACT

Does creating a winning Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards nomination package seem elusive? Selection board members from last year’s competition will describe what they look for, what really stands out and what is difficult. Examples of what to do and what not to do will be presented, and actual excerpts from previous nomination packages will be shared. Considerable time will be allotted for Q&A.