Joint Defense Manufacturing Council

The Joint Defense Manufacturing Council (JDMC) is a forum for senior leaders across the Department of Defense to collaborate and make recommendations to improve the alignment of resources, prioritize areas of joint challenge, facilitate information sharing on advances and needs in manufacturing, and ultimately shape the manufacturing capabilities of the defense industrial base.  The success of these activities has profound implications for the readiness and cost-effectiveness of existing, emerging, and new systems. 

JDMC membership includes senior leaders from Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)), Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Missile Defense Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.


  • Identify, support, and increase collaboration on cross-cutting initiatives in manufacturing
  • Improve alignment of defense research, manufacturing, maintenance, and supply capabilities for critical DoD systems and technologies
  • Create strategies, policies, and incentives to speed application of manufacturing technologies into defense products and sustainment
  • Provide strategic guidance on manufacturing initiatives to component organizations

Manufacturing Focus Areas

  • Cybersecurity for advanced manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Digital technical enterprise
  • Manufacturing agility
  • Cold spray technology
  • Education and workforce development for manufacturing
  • Policy and process for moving advanced manufacturing technologies into sustainment


  • Improved alignment of manufacturing, maintenance, and supply capabilities
  • Increased collaboration and efficiencies on manufacturing efforts across the DoD
  • Increased protection for manufacturing technology and process intellectual property
  • Implemented manufacturing solutions for modernized weapons systems


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