The Technical Sessions will consist of four-five concurrent tracks. Government, Industry, and Academia are encouraged to participate. Please click on the track topics listed below to thoroughly review the requirements of each track, and determine which track the abstract or panel proposal best fits. Please be sure to submit abstracts and/or panel proposals within the appropriate track using the links below. Abstracts and panel proposals should be 200-500 words in length. Do not attempt to submit abstracts or panel proposals through any other means. Submitted abstracts will be rated based on clarity, value added to the conference, and how well the topic fits within the track. Abstracts should be public releasable and contain no proprietary information. Please note that the conference planning team may determine that an abstract or panel proposal best sfits in a track other that what was originally selected by the author.
Listed below are the tracks for more detailed information.
The increasing budgetary pressures due to the effects of DMSMS coupled with the combined effects of life extension of defense platforms, delays in development of new defense systems, as well as cancellation of new programs, systems and platforms further underlines the need for and demands efforts to strengthen the role of organic manufacturing and repair capabilities operated by and for the Department of Defense. This increases the need for reliance on the organic industrial base (OIB) to be instrumental in DMSMS solutions including manufacture, repair, and modification of the associated systems and platforms to handle the specific needs of the current and future missions.
Abstracts are requested for this topic that describe and document many of the associated successes and challenges faced by the OIB in providing DMSMS solutions, including, but not limited to:
The DoD Parts Management Program is an integral part of the acquisition process for design, development, modification and sustainment of weapons systems and equipment. An effective parts management program provides the ultimate user, the warfighter, better solutions that can be measured through the desired performance-based criteria of operational availability, operational reliability, and cost per unit usage, logistics footprint and logistics response time as well as payback in terms of reduced total ownership costs.
Parts Management focuses on selecting the best parts at the design phase of an acquisition program, as well as managing parts-specific issues throughout the program lifecycle, under an overarching Systems Engineering umbrella. Parts are the building blocks from which systems are created and, as such, greatly impact hardware performance and readiness. The reliability, maintainability, and supportability of the end item are dependent upon these parts. Today’s acquisition environment is characterized by rapid design evolution, increased use of commercial part types, global supply chain partners, and DMSMS issues. The need for programs and contractors to have an effective Parts Management Program is greater than ever before.
This track will provide a forum for individuals to discuss processes, methods, best practices, lessons learned, case studies, and success stories related to Parts Management concepts. Presentations are welcomed from any individual with experience using systems engineering concepts to ensure long-term system supportability.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Proactive planning, process implementation, part monitoring, data analysis, and resolution implementation are all necessary to mitigate the impacts of DMSMS and obsolescence in efforts to reduce TLCM costs. This track will discuss best practices in these areas.
Presentations are sought from individuals who are DMSMS subject matter experts knowledgeable in planning and execution of proactive DMSMS management, individuals who are users or providers within the government or industrial base who participate in any aspect of legacy system supply, and individuals within the government or industrial base who participate in any aspect of the microelectronics supply chain or the materials supply chain.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Early design influence focused on DMSMS strategies can drastically reduce the life cycle costs of a weapon system. As Defense technology become more complex, early influence on design becomes more important. Systems have a natural life cycle, an evolution, in which early analysis and prognostics can greatly affect sustainability costs. According to DOD officials, O&S costs constitute 60% to 80% of a weapon system’s total costs. Systems Engineering, Logistics, and other disciplines integrate to affect the systems’ product life cycle costs. Yet, there is significant room for improvement in the way design influence can affect new equipment and software design to reduce DMSMS cost impacts. This track will provide a forum for individuals to discuss processes, methods, best practices, lessons learned, case studies, and success stories related to Systems Engineering processes interaction with DMSMS methodologies. Possible topics for this track include but are not limited to:
Escalating financial constraints makes life cycle optimization increasingly difficult. Product Support Managers (PSMs) face the challenge of implementing proactive, versus reactive, DMSMS Program methodologies throughout the Acquisition and Sustainment Lifecycle Phases. The goals and practices of DMSMS managers vary as a product passes through the Acquisition phase to the Sustainment phase. This track will provide a forum for individuals to discuss processes, methods, best practices, lessons learned, case studies, tools, and success stories related to DMSMS Management in Acquisition and Sustainment Phases. Possible topics for this track include but are not limited to: