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2002 Award Recipients

Apparel Research Network: Supply Chain System

ARN Architecture

Last year it was about providing the warfighters with the best body armor available in the world today. This year it is about providing them the best clothing in the world to wear under their body armor!

The Apparel Research Network (ARN) was established by the DLA ManTech Program to significantly improve the U.S. apparel industry's ability to meet DoD requirements for military clothing. The ARN's primary objectives include reducing inventories and reducing order-to-receipt cycle times throughout the entire supply chain. This includes the retail, wholesale, and manufacturing segments of the supply chain. To that end, the ARN developed a centralized ARN Asset Visibility System (AAVS) Datamart for total asset visibility, inventory management software for recruit training centers (RTCs), electronic document management for manufacturers, the Balanced Inventory Flow Replenishment system for leveled manufacturing production, the Virtual Item Manager (VIM) for decision support, and use of the 3-D body scan data base for accurate demand data. The culmination of these activities, the recently implemented Virtual Item Manager-ARN Supply-chain Automated Processing (VIM-ASAP) system, underscores the ARN mission to seek new and better ways for the manufacturers of military apparel to respond to the requirements of the warfighters.

To date the ARN supply chain system has been implemented at seven recruit clothing centers. The Marine Corps Recruit Depots in San Diego and Parris Island were able to reduce their retail inventory by $10.2 M. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) de-capitalized service-held inventory for a total of $24.1M and reduced its wholesale inventory for Army- and Marine-specific items by $43.6M. Future implementations at the Navy and Air Force Recruit Training Centers are expected to yield similar savings. Since it's inception in 1994, the ARN program has expended $26.3M against estimated savings of $77.9M. This represents approximately 300% return on investment.

Also highly noteworthy is that this project exemplifies the "jointness" aspect of the ManTech Program and its success in transitioning technology to the warfighter. DLA ManTech funds and Defense Working Capital Funds combine to demonstrate the technology while the Services provide personnel, equipment, and facilities at the implementation sites. Technology transition and implementation has occurred at five Army RTCs, two Marine Corps RTCs, the DSCP Clothing and Textile Supply Center, and selected defense manufacturers.

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ARN Winners

Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI) - Phase 2

CAI Forward Fuselage

CAI has led the way in achieving success with a new business model for technology development and maturation. It has demonstrated unprecedented collaboration and cooperation in a pre-competitive environment as evidenced by true joint planning and execution by merging S&T and ManTech funds; by documenting and sharing process and performance data; by merging industry requirements to develop unified methods for structural and cost analyses; and by leveraging cost share for incentivizing spin-off applications.

Revolutionary designs coupled with advanced processes and associated supporting tools to reduce part and fastener count in aircraft structures through the use of advanced composites were matured to achieve significant affordability improvements. The program: reduced the risk of integrated and bonded structures; made inroads into composite-specific designs; demonstrated a stabilized vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) process for large integrated structures; demonstrated a repeatable process to produce paste bonded pi-joints for primary structures; initially validated improved analysis tools for 3-D structures; and validated an industry-wide cost model for composite structures.

Using these advanced composite technologies and tools, the CAI team repeatedly validated 20-40% cost reductions on full-scale structures without sacrificing performance. As an example, over $300M (3,000 aircraft) in potential cost avoidance for the forward fuselage of the F-35 have been documented as a direct result of CAI's efforts.

The Composites Affordability Initiative - Phase 2 has elevated the state-of-the-art of design and manufacturing across the entire aerospace industrial base for composite structures.

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CAI Winners

* Dave Thomas (i) stood in for Dave Cadman
**Luck McHale (n) stood in for Paul Alexander

2002 Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award Nominees

The manufacturing technology project nominees that were considered for the fourth annual award were completed and/or demonstrated in FY01 or FY02. The nominees were:

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