Composites Processing and Fabrication Subpanel


The mission of the Composites Processing and Fabrication ("Composites") Subpanel is to identify and integrate requirements for manufacturing of composites across the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Missile Defense Agency, Office of Secretary of Defense, Department of Energy, industry, and academia.  The scope includes composites manufacturing technology efforts in support of both new production and sustainment/readiness activities for fielded systems.  Additionally, the Subpanel comes together to identify common needs, foster joint project planning and conduct annual portfolio reviews to coordinate all Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology (DoD ManTech) Program composites projects to eliminate unwarranted duplication and identify common requirements.

The Subpanel discusses and remains cognizant of state of the art technology developments and innovative and disruptive technologies related to composites and new manufacturing technologies.  The Composites Subpanel contributes to the overall goal of the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP) and the DoD ManTech Program to improve mission capability, improve readiness, and reduce total ownership costs. 

Topics the Composites Subpanel cover include but are not limited to the following; manufacturing and related technologies for the fabrication of parts and assemblies from composite materials, to include polymer matrix composites, certain metal matrix composites (MMC) and ceramic matrix composites (CMC), carbon matrix composites, and other materials that have similar forms and/or use similar processes. 

Taxonomy


Listed below is a top down decomposition of the technical areas of investment for the Composites Subpanel:

  • Aerospace composites (fixed wing, rotary wing, missiles, satellites)
  • High temperature composites (engines, exhaust wash, missiles, hypersonics)
  • Naval composites (surface ships, submarines)
  • Specialty non-metallic materials (conformal strux, multi-functional strux, armor, high precision, ancillary items, transparency, munitions, coatings)
  • Modeling, processes, and testing in support of both new production and sustainment/readiness activities for fielded systems

Joint Technology Pursuit Areas


Joint Technology Pursuit Areas (JTPAs) are joint Military Service and DoD Agency manufacturing research and development (R&D) topics of strategic interest that are developed by each JDMTP Subpanel.  The Subpanels provide a rigorous internal analysis and prioritization of the JDMTP portfolio.  To date, JTPAs continue to be an excellent tool to communicate joint technical priorities to the Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology Office leadership and the collective DoD ManTech stakeholder community.  These JTPAs identify joint-Service investment opportunities predicted to produce the highest value, affordable, leading edge defense capabilities to meet the near term needs of our warfighters.

Composites Joint Technology Pursuit Areas include:

  • High Temperature Refractory Composite Manufacturing
  • Cost Effective Composite Structures Manufacturing
  • Automation/Robotics Technology for Rate Independent Composite Manufacturing
  • ​High Performance Thermoplastic Composites Manufacturing Leadership

Subpanel Chair


The Composites Subpanel chair is a nominated position that rotates among the Services and agencies that comprise the JDMTP.  The current chair of the Composites Subpanel is Scott Bartlett, Navy Surface Warface Center - Carderock Division.

Primary organizations involved in the Subpanel are are from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Missile Defense Agency, Office of Secretary of Defense, Department of Energy, with invited participation from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, industry, Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, and academia.

Schedule of Meetings


Composites Subpanel meetings are held quarterly at national locations in conjunction with other events/meetings and to tour manufacturing facilities (at the services, academia, or institutes) in order to enhance communications and awareness.