Achievement Award Winners
2002 Award Recipients
Apparel Research Network: Supply Chain System
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.
Government / Industry Team Members:
- Julie Tsao, Defense Logistics Agency (h)
- Sally DiDonato, Defense Supply CenterPhiladelphia (g)
- MSgt Doug DeLoach, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (j)
- Dawn Hustus, (retired), US Army Training and Doctrine Command
- Bernard Johns (retired), Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (e)
- Kitty Tully, US Army Training and Doctrine Command
- Bill Kernodle, Clemson Apparel Research
- Kathy Moore, AT&T Government Solutions, Inc.
- Mike O'Connell, Product Data Integration Technologies, Inc. (a)
- Richard Perrin, AdvanTech, Inc. (i)
- Michal Safar, Manufacturing Productivity Center (f)
- Cordelia Shands standing in for Kitty Tully (b)
- John Christensen, Chief, DLA J339 (c)
- John Todaro, Director, ODUSD(AS&C)OTT (d)
Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI) - Phase 2
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.
Government / Industry Team Members:
- Jim Alper - Naval Air Systems Command
- Dave Barrett - Naval Air Systems Command
- Dr. Steve Claus (e) - Naval Air Systems Command
- Roland Cochran - Naval Air Systems Command
- Carl Matson - Naval Air Systems Command
- Steve Thoman - Naval Air Systems Command
- Melody VanMeter - Naval Air Systems Command
- Jim Thompson - ODUSD(IP)
- John Belk - The Boeing Company
- Dr. Richard Bossi - The Boeing Company
- Ellie Edwards - The Boeing Company
- Dee Gill - The Boeing Company
- Gail Hahn - The Boeing Company
- Scott Holmes (h) - The Boeing Company
- Jerry Marsh - The Boeing Company
- Randy Southmayd - The Boeing Company
- Tim Tyahla (a) - The Boeing Company
- Joe Sweetin (m) - The Boeing Company
- John Varney - The Boeing Company
- Ivan Snell - Applied Research Development Institute
- Dr. Frances Abrams (l) - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Dr. Fred Arnold - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Dave Beeler - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Diana Carlin - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Dennis Hager (j) - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Dr. Rick Hall - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Al Herner - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Dick Holzwarth (b) - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Dr. John Russell (g) - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Jim Tuss - Air Force Research Laboratory
- Dr. Shawn Walsh - U.S. Army Research Laboratory
- Paul Alexander** - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
- Van Blake - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
- Dr. Jim Criss - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
- Dr. Steve Engelstad - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
- Don Jackson - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
- Paige Kim - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
- Luke McHale - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
- Bill Saathoff - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
- Paul Hauwiller (f) - Anteon Corporation
- Jeff Hendrix - Consultant
- Dave Cadman* - JSF Joint Program Office
- Bob Heyer - JSF Joint Program Office
- Rick Detamore - Aeronautical Systems Command
- Col Earl Wyatt - Aeronautical Systems Command
- Jennifer Koury (k) - Office of Naval Research
- Dr. Phil Broudy - Office of Naval Research
- David Kane (c) - Northrop Grumman
- Bob Moore - Northrop Grumman
- Denise Shimazu - Northrop Grumman
- Flérida Uldrich - Northrop Grumman
- Brian Butler - Brian Butler & Assoc.
- Chuck Wojciechowski - General Electric Aircraft Engines
- John Todaro (d) - ODUSD(AS&C)OTT
* 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:
- Apparel Research Network (ARN): Supply Chain System - Defense Logistics Agency
- Composites Affordability Initiative - Phase 2 - Navy and Air Force (Joint)
- Electronic Miniaturization for Missile Applications (EMMA) - Navy
- Laser Additive Machining (LAM) - Army, Air Force, and Defense Logistics Agency (Joint)
- Nickel Metal Hydride Battery for F-16 - Navy and Air Force (Joint)
- Supply-chain Technologies for Affordable Manufactured Products (STAMP) - Navy
- Totally Integrated Munitions Enterprise (TIME) - Army