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United States manufacturing and innovation are essential to American economic and national security.  Maintaining U.S. influence and access to markets in a stable global environment contributes to our prosperity and standard of living.  It is the responsibility of the Department of Defense (DoD) to innovate and equip our forces with the best tools possible, made by Americans.  The DoD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) enterprise attempts to utilize advanced manufacturing to secure a more lethal force, strengthen alliances and new partnerships, and reform the Department for greater performance and affordability. 

Administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology Office in the Office of the Under Secretary for Research and Engineering, this website provides the latest descriptions, news, and events related to the DoD ManTech enterprise.

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Attracting STEM Talent for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing
By Manufacturing USA | April 22, 2022
Manufacturing has long been a driver of innovation and economic growth in the U.S. Now, as advanced manufacturing evolves with new careers involving robotics, automation and AI, workforce development has taken on increasing importance. The manufacturing sector increasingly needs workers with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills to program and operate complex machinery, and conduct research and development. The Manufacturing USA® network has successfully accelerated technology and scale-up, and supported small and medium-sized manufacturers to gain access to opportunities, and built out unique advanced manufacturing ecosystems. The network’s large-scale public-private collaboration is being employed in scores of projects to expose students of all ages to STEM careers and equip workers with the necessary skills in advanced manufacturing in robotics, automation, and AI. Read about it here: https://www.manufacturingusa.com/studies/attracting-STEM-talent-careers-advanced-manufacturing
DOD aims to close gap in bringing U.S. tech innovation to market
By C. Todd Lopez | April 20, 2022
With the U.S. currently responsible for only about 12% of global microelectronics production, the Defense Department-led "microelectronics commons" aims to close the gaps that prevent the best ideas in technology from reaching the market.
Developing, Upskilling and Transitioning Current Manufacturing Workforce
By Manufacturing USA | March 28, 2022
Workforce development is taking on increasing importance as manufacturers not only must fill more than 800,000 current openings but also define new careers involving robotics, automation and AI. Manufacturers are seeking people with the right skills for the advanced manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow and finding ways to upskill their current staff. Enhanced skills in the workforce are necessary to drive the automation technologies that will increase productivity and lead a resurgent U.S. manufacturing sector. Improvements in the workforce will help make more manufacturing businesses, especially small and mid-sized companies, economically viable. The Manufacturing USA institutes are helping expand and upskill the manufacturing workforce by connecting industry with equitable education and workforce development systems, including those in underserved communities.
Addressing Infrastructure Needs Through Sustainable Innovation
By Manufacturing USA | Feb. 28, 2022
Applying research to develop manufacturing technologies has long been a route to bridge gaps to help solve America’s challenges. That has been the case as manufacturers initially scaled mass production, through the birth of advanced manufacturing, to the emergence of connected devices gathering data to produce predictive analytics. Now, thanks to the collaborative approaches among Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, university research departments and private sector partners, we are literally transforming the way we build bridges.
Invigorating an Established Yet Fragile Textile Industry
By Manufacturing USA | Feb. 15, 2022
Textile product manufacturers have seen little development or adoption of production-based technology advances over the past two decades, as the costs to move labor-intensive production overseas are often lower than the cost to invest in developing needed automation. DoD MII AFFOA is transforming traditional fibers, yarns and textiles into highly sophisticated, integrated, and networked devices and systems, enabling novel products and business models that leverage fabrics as a service, with DoD MII ARM contributing robotics technology innovation.

DoD News

Capt. Elfego Ponce, 959th Inpatient Operations Squadron intensive care unit clinical nurse, instructs Airmen on traumatic brain injury and treatment in the Simulation Center at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, May 11, 2022. This training is vital to prepare Airmen for deployment.
59th Medical Wing conducts simulator center training
By Senior Airman Melody Bordeaux | May 18, 2022
The 59th Medical Wing began conducting training every week starting May 4. This training maintains readiness by reinforcing assessment and treatment of life threatening traumatic injuries.

During his time in Alaska, Supervisory Auditor Jonathan Wood experienced personal and professional growth. And had a great adventure.
5-Years at the DCAA Alaska Sub-office
By Jonathan Wood | May 18, 2022
DCAA Supervisory Auditor Jonathan Wood spend five years at the DCAA sub-office in Anchorage, Alaska. The experience helped him grow as an auditor, leader and person.

NSWC IHD employees were recognized for their significant accomplishments at the command's annual Honorary Awards ceremony, May 17, at the College of Southern Maryland's Velocity Center.
NSWC Indian Head Division Employees Recognized at Command Honorary Awards Ceremony
By NSWC Indian Head Division Public Affairs | May 18, 2022
Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) recognized individuals and teams who

Lt. Col. James C. Shaver takes command of Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett from Col. Timothy D. Pillion during a ceremony May 14, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, presided over the traditional exchange of colors symbolizing the transfer of the garrison command from Pillion to Shaver. Soldiers assigned to the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provided ceremonial music for the event. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
Shaver succeeds Pillion as MTC commander
By A.J. Coyne | | May 18, 2022
Lt. Col. James C. Shaver Jr. took command of Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett from Col. Timothy D. Pillion during a ceremony May 14, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, presided over the traditional exchange of colors symbolizing the transfer of the garrison command from Pillion to Shaver.

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is implementing shopping limits on select specialty baby formula items as the agency works with its distributors to increase supply levels.
Commissaries work with distributors to address baby formula availability and implement shopping limits to ensure equal access
By | May 18, 2022
The Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, is implementing shopping limits on select specialty baby formula items as the agency works with its distributors to increase supply levels.
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