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News | Sept. 18, 2023

DoD ManTech Engages with Industry at NDIA Tech Expo to Advance Growth, Development of Emerging Defense Technologies

By OSD Manufacturing Technology Office

The Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program showcased its groundbreaking initiatives and partnerships at the National Defense Industrial Association’s inaugural Emerging Technologies for Defense Conference and Exhibition August 28-30, 2023, in Washington, D.C.
The three-day conference brought together representatives from government and industry to promote entrepreneurial initiatives for advancing the transition and adoption of new, defense-relevant technologies, helping to secure supply chains that support the warfighter.
Participating in both the breakout sessions and the exhibit hall, ManTech highlighted activities across the enterprise, including completed and ongoing initiatives from the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, Manufacturing Science and Technology Program, Joint Defense Manufacturing Panel, and more.
“The DoD ManTech programs enable the manufacturing ecosystems to develop and field emerging technologies at speed and scale, addressing points of need such as contested logistics environments,” said Tracy Frost, director of the Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program. “We continue to foster innovation through our proven investment and partnership model, connecting industry, academia, and government stakeholders to enable advanced manufacturing technologies and processes – and the workforce needed to support them.”
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks kicked off the conference with a keynote that set the tone for discussions on how to rapidly move critical technologies and capabilities into the hands of U.S. warfighters.