Engage with DoD Manufacturing Technology


The Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology (DoD ManTech) community is always looking for opportunities to engage with potential new partners and the general public.  Along with exploring particular resources across this website, the major opportunities to engage with the DoD ManTech community are listed below. 

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How can companies and researchers do business with the DoD ManTech Programs?

Annually, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, and Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology Programs each release a government-only call for proposals.  Projects are executed by engineers and scientists throughout the DoD Lab Enterprise, with contracts being managed by the project team’s Command. 

The best way to participate is to be engaged with the labs, Arsenals, and Warfare Centers that comprise the DoD research and development network.  Those organizations are leaning forward in identifying the emerging technologies and manufacturing challenges hampering deployment and are well-suited to present the challenges to the DoD ManTech community.
How can industry, government, academia, and nonprofits network with the DoD ManTech community?

Participate in the Defense Manufacturing Conference!

The DoD ManTech community participates in the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) annually. The DMC is where over 1,700 participants from 790 of the top government and industry organizations get together to communicate and collaborate on policies, strategic direction, best practices, funding opportunities, and latest innovations in support of defense manufacturing priorities.

Average attendance splits between industry, government, with a smaller number from academia or non-profits. Attendees range from CEO- and Flag Officer/Senior Executive Service-level to working-level manufacturing-oriented engineers, scientists, and business practice/policy makers.

Over 160 exhibits showcasing government and industry manufacturing initiatives are displayed throughout the conference along with great networking opportunities.

Additional information on upcoming Defense Manufacturing Conferences is available here.

How can industry, government, academia, nonprofits, and students engage with the DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes?

The DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MII) are emerging as essential components of a national strategy to build a strong and vibrant U.S. defense industrial base.  Each DoD MII creates a much needed ‘industrial commons’ that helps accelerate the delivery of both defense-relevant and commercially-promising technologies.

The DoD MIIs are individual public-private partners where both large and small domestic manufacturers and designers can pool their risk – cost shared by the Federal Government – to advance manufacturing so the next generation of products and systems are produced in the U.S.  Each MII provides high-value access to world class pilot manufacturing facilities that complement member capabilities and yield a robust and sustainable innovation ecosystem in a promising technology area.  Also critical to U.S. competitiveness is the availability of a well-trained, qualified workforce with manufacturing skills matched to the Nation’s current and emerging production needs.  The DoD MIIs each have a set of education and workforce development activities that can be leveraged by all participants.

These public-private partnerships are defense-relevant, industry-led, critical to our economy, and positioned to deliver value to you, their customers and our Nation.

Please check out the pages for each DoD MII for more information on what each individual institute has to offer and what you can do to get involved.

Still unsure how to participate in the DoD MIIs?  The below engagement guides highlight the multiple ways in which you can effectively partner with/benefit from these vibrant clusters of manufacturing innovation.

DoD MII Engagement Guide - Manufacturers

Engagement Guide for Industry

DoD MII Engagement Guide - Federal

Engagement Guide for Federal Government

DoD MII Engagement Guides - Local

Engagement Guide for State & Local Government

DoD MII Engagement Guides - Academia

Engagement Guide for Academia