DoD ManTech News
Tag: advanced manufacturing

Dec. 20, 2022

Recognizing Excellence at DMC 2022: The Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award

This year's Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Awards (DMTAA), sponsored by the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP), were awarded at a ceremony during the Defense Manufacturing Conference to individuals from government, industry and academia for remarkable technical accomplishments in projects that advance the vision of the Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program.

Dec. 13, 2022

DoD ManTech at the 2022 Defense Manufacturing Conference

The DoD Manufacturing Technology Program team enjoyed wide participation at the annual Defense Manufacturing Conference in Tampa, FL, from 5-8 December 2022. DMC is the premier annual opportunity for government, industry, and academia to exchange information and perspectives within the manufacturing community. . Discussion topics focused on defense manufacturing policies, strategic direction, best practices, funding opportunities, and the latest manufacturing innovations for our warfighters. See some photos and synopses of our panels.

Dec. 13, 2022

Reducing Industrial Emissions to Create an Equitable Clean Energy Future

The Manufacturing USA network has grown to include 16 manufacturing innovation institutes, which are funded through the departments of Commerce, Defense and Energy and from private sector industry members. Institutes are working with research entities and private sector companies to develop processes to reduce industrial emissions and lower barriers so that more manufacturers can adopt these breakthroughs. While every institute’s projects may contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability, here is a look at some of the many initiatives related to emissions-intensive industrial processes.

Oct. 24, 2022

White House Hosts Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes and Government Agencies for Leadership Summit

Senior leaders from federal agencies sponsoring the Manufacturing USA network of innovation institutes participated in a dynamic round table at the White House Manufacturing Summit on Monday. Discussions focused on how the Manufacturing USA network is helping America realize economic growth, innovation, and competitiveness in partnership with the government. “I wish I could spend an entire week with you all discussing how to leverage the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes to accelerate U.S. manufacturing,” said Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu. “The work you’ve accomplished over the last 10 years is phenomenal.” “The DoD needs advanced manufacturing to produce technologies critical to our national and economic security,” she added. “The Institutes are key national resources. One of my goals as Chief Technology Officer is to encourage the Department – and particularly DoD Acquisition Executives – to fully utilize the Institutes.”

Oct. 12, 2022

DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Awarded Grants to Spur Regional Economic Development

Two DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) - ARM and BioFabUSA - are part of teams that were awarded Build Back Better Regional Challenge grants. Funded by the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan and administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the challenge provides funding to foster economic growth, further inclusive and equitable recovery, and create thousands of quality-paying jobs in industries critical to the future, such as clean energy, next-gen manufacturing, and biotechnology.

Oct. 5, 2022

Building Momentum in Regional Ecosystems

The Manufacturing USA institutes are applying a cluster-based approach to connect people, ideas and technology, by developing regional ecosystems of government research institutions, universities and private sector industry members.

Sept. 23, 2022

Hicks Highlights Energy Innovation to Improve Warfighter Capabilities

Deputy Secretary Hicks toured the Pentagon Energy Expo displays, including the hydrogen fuel cells funded by the OSD Manufacturing Technology Program that power a Stalker drone.

June 1, 2022

Local Partnerships Can Build STEM Workforce Development in Your District

A proven program, known as FlexFactor, helps students gain a deeper understanding of STEM and the advanced manufacturing sector. “FlexFactor guides student teams to explore emerging technologies and entrepreneurial thinking through an inquiry-based approach where they examine the lifecycle of a product. The process begins with a specific problem’s identification, then progressing to a potential technological solution including a traditional business case, that vets an opportunity based on projected demand, distribution partnerships and a forecasted return on investment for a given solution,” said Courtney Power, Workforce Development Portfolio Manager at NextFlex.

March 28, 2022

Developing, Upskilling and Transitioning Current Manufacturing Workforce

Workforce development is taking on increasing importance as manufacturers not only must fill more than 800,000 current openings but also define new careers involving robotics, automation and AI. Manufacturers are seeking people with the right skills for the advanced manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow and finding ways to upskill their current staff. Enhanced skills in the workforce are necessary to drive the automation technologies that will increase productivity and lead a resurgent U.S. manufacturing sector. Improvements in the workforce will help make more manufacturing businesses, especially small and mid-sized companies, economically viable. The Manufacturing USA institutes are helping expand and upskill the manufacturing workforce by connecting industry with equitable education and workforce development systems, including those in underserved communities.

February 28, 2022 Feb. 28, 2022

Addressing Infrastructure Needs Through Sustainable Innovation

Applying research to develop manufacturing technologies has long been a route to bridge gaps to help solve America’s challenges. That has been the case as manufacturers initially scaled mass production, through the birth of advanced manufacturing, to the emergence of connected devices gathering data to produce predictive analytics. Now, thanks to the collaborative approaches among Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, university research departments and private sector partners, we are literally transforming the way we build bridges.