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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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BioMADE at White House Summit on the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative; Announces 9 New Projects, $20.6 Million, to Advance Bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation and Education
By BioMADE | Sept. 14, 2022
BioMADE announced a suite of nine projects that will collectively help secure America’s future through bioindustrial manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration. Consistent with the goals of the newly signed Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy, the projects will lead to the creation new biomanufactured products, develop best practices, assist with vaccine component production, and grow the bioindustrial manufacturing workforce.
New Biotechnology Executive Order Will Advance DoD Biotechnology Initiatives for America’s Economic and National Security
By Office of The Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) | Sept. 14, 2022
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering welcomes the Biden Administration’s announcement of Executive Order (EO) “Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy.” This EO will bolster efforts by the Department of Defense (DoD) and other Federal agencies to ensure U.S. economic and national security by leveraging biotechnology to secure, strengthen, and diversify our domestic manufacturing supply chains of critical goods, products, and services.
Institute Facilities Are a Draw for Many Early-Stage Companies
By Manufacturing USA | Sept. 12, 2022
Competitiveness was among the primary drivers in the creation of Manufacturing USA to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing by connecting people, ideas, and technology. The Manufacturing USA network, which has roots in the creation of America Makes in 2012, has grown to include 16 manufacturing innovation institutes that work to accelerate and de-risk technology development and scale-up through an ecosystem of government research institutions, universities and private sector industry members. Collectively, the institutes in the past decade have advanced 270 technologies toward commercialization.
AFFOA and Greater Lawrence Technical School Conclude Product Development Challenge to Support Ukraine
By AFFOA | Aug. 19, 2022
Launched in 2018, the AFF program aims to develop the next generation of multi-skilled workers by exposing students to a myriad of technical skills and equipment in the context of manufacturing advanced functional fabrics. High school students from GLTS have completed the four-part hands-on AFF program during which they ideate and prototype novel textile products that address specific challenges.  At the conclusion of the program, students get to present their prototypes to their community and peers.
How the Manufacturing USA Network Nurtures Startup Companies Across the Innovation Gap
By Manufacturing USA | Aug. 17, 2022
The gap between a good idea and a successful commercial product is known as the “innovation valley of death.” It’s part of the complex history in which manufacturers and investors struggled to keep operations on shore and develop innovations domestically when lower cost options existed elsewhere. The additional business risk associated with investments in prototyping and product development also hinder the creation of new companies that can drive innovation in manufacturing. 

DoD News

Japan, U.S. Host Joint Senior Leaders Seminar
Japan, U.S. Host Joint Senior Leaders Seminar
By | Sept. 27, 2022
CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii – Gen. Koji Yamazaki, Chief of Staff of the Japan Joint Staff, and Adm.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar engage in a bilateral exchange at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2022.
U.S., India Ties Continue to Strengthen, Austin Says
By Jim Garamone | Sept. 26, 2022
Military cooperation between the U.S. and India is at an all-time high, with service members from both nations regularly conducting exercises together and the two governments routinely sharing information and intelligence.

Republic of Korea and U.S. Navies Conduct Joint Maritime Counter-Special Operations Exercise
By Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Keiley | Sept. 26, 2022
WATERS EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA, Republic of Korea (NNS) – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike

Members of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 81 and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1 pose for a group photo in front of a US Navy EP-3 during Raijin 22-2, an annual unit exchange. Based out of Whidbey Island, Washington, the VQ-1 “World Watchers” are currently operating from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The squadron conducts naval operations as part of a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
VQ-1 “World Watchers”, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Participate in Raijin 22-2
By Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Slaughter | Sept. 26, 2022
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1 hosted their

A small boat from the Maldivian Coast Guard ship Ghazee transits near U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) during a joint exercise held in the waters east of the Maldives, Sept. 22, 2022. These professional exchanges are designed to share expertise and best practices in completing missions.
First U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Visits Maldives Since 2009
By | Sept. 26, 2022
MALDIVES -- The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) and crew arrived in the Maldives, Friday,
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