This is the second JTEG forum dedicated to a specific military service or agency. AFMC/AFRL will provide an overview of their sustainment technology process to include determining needs, selecting technologies to demonstrate, and the procurement of those technologies. They will then provide examples of several maintenance related technologies that they have successfully implemented to improve DoD equipment effectiveness and/or efficiency. Finally, AFMC/AFRL will discuss maintenance related technology areas that they will be pursuing in the future.
Welcome and Overview – Greg Kilchenstein (OSD-MPP)
Administrative Notes – Debbie Lilu (NCMS)
AFMC Sustainment Technology – Chip Mumford (AFMC)
AFSC IC Strategy Update – Lt Col Chris Blackwell (AFSC)
AFRL Sustainment Overview – Kermit Stearns (AFRL)
Support Equipment and Vehicle Sustainment Technology – Clay Mims (AFMC)
Event: On 26 June 2018, the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG), in coordination with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), hosted a virtual forum on sustainment projects and processes from “the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)”.
Purpose: The purpose of this forum was to provide an overview of the AFMC/AFRL sustainment technology process to include determining needs, selecting technologies to demonstrate, and the procurement of those technologies. They also provided examples of several maintenance/sustainment related technologies that they have successfully implemented to improve DOD equipment effectiveness and/or efficiency.
Welcome: Ray Langlais (LMI) welcomed everyone to the forum, thanked the presenters and all the listeners for their attendance, and briefly previewed the agenda.
Administrative: This was an open forum. The presentations, along with questions and answers, were conducted through Adobe Connect. A separate audio line was used. Approximately 25 participants from across DOD and industry joined in the forum.
AFMC Sustainment Technology – Chip Mumford (AFMC) provided an overview of AFSC sustainment technology efforts to include describing AFMC accomplishments and challenges in the areas of Condition Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+), cold spray, and robotic laser de-paint. He also mentioned the new “Rapid Sustainment Office” and the “Flightline of the future”. He finished with an prioritization of 43 AFMC projects.
AFSC IC Strategy Update – Lt Col Chris Blackwell (AFSC) discussed the AFSC Innovation Center’s purpose and workforce collaboration. He provided a description of the three Air Logistics Complex’s ALC innovation centers to include their way ahead: Oklahoma City ALC – Reverse Engineering and Critical Tooling (REACT); Warner Robbins ALC – Reverse Engineering, Avionics Redesign, and Manufacturing (REARM); and OgdenALC – Rapid Engineering of Composites, Low Observables, And Innovative Materials (RECLAIM).
AFRL Sustainment Overview – Kermit Stearns (AFRL) provided an overview of AFRL sustainment technology focus to include nondestructive evaluation, structures life/extension, additive manufacturing, automation, and augmented /mixed reality. He discussed sustainment trends and stated the AFRL sustainment budget is approximately 6% of the AFRL total.
Support Equipment and Vehicle Sustainment Technology – Clay Mims (AFMC) discussed “owning the technical baseline”, agility, and focusing on capability management. He also described sustainment technology such as design tools, organic reverse engineering/redesign of obsolete parts, additive manufacturing, laser de-paint prototypes, and standing up a cybersecurity capability in FY18.
Q&A – A Q&A occurred after each briefer finished their presentation. Questions and answers will be posted on the JTEG website with these minutes.
Closing Comments: Ray Langlais thanked the presenters for their contributions and the audience for their participation. He suggested continuing the information exchange beyond the forum and the importance of collaboration within the DoD maintenance community.
- Gain “public release” for the slides and post on the JTEG website at http://jteg.ncms.org/
Next JTEG Meeting: The next scheduled JTEG virtual forum is 31 July, 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST. The topic is “Facilities”.
POC this action is Ray Langlais, firstname.lastname@example.org , (571) 633-8019
AFMC Sustainment Technology: Chip Mumford (AFSC)
Q1. Do we have a POC for the Rapid Sustainment Office?
A1. There is a two-star in the pentagon, however very little information on the RSO has been released to date.
AFSC Innovation Center Strategy Update: Lt Col Chris Blackwell (AFSC/EN)
AFRL Sustainment Overview: Kermit Stearns (AFRL/RXT)
Q1. How can we partner with you on the Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality for Aircraft Maintenance (VAMRAM) project? While the information may be unique, the technology and the engagement system could be common. (Janice Bryant)
A1. POC is Pam Coburn (Will send contact info in email)
Support Equipment and Vehicle Sustainment Technology: Clay Mims (AFLCMC/WNZ)