Category Archives: Defense AT&L

OSD Logistics Fellowship—A View From Above


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By Bryan L. Jerkatis

A friend and retired U.S. Air Force Command Chief would often use an analogy with young troops regarding the differences in their world views versus those of their leadership. “Your view of the ground (truth) depends upon the height of the branch in the tree upon which you are standing … ,” he would explain. Continue reading

Auditing Organizational Security


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By Eugene A. Razzetti

Managing organizational security is no different from managing any other of the command’s missions. Establish your policies, goals and risk parameters; implement, train, measure and benchmark them. And then audit, audit, audit. Continue reading

Defense AT&L November-December 2016 Contents


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When and When Not to Accelerate Acquisitions

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-2-thumb An Overview of Additive Manufacturing

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-3-thumbEnsuring a Safe Technological Revolution

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-4-thumbThe Digital Thread as the Key Enabler

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-5-thumbSeparating Hype from Reality

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-6-thumbAdditive Manufacturing as a Sustainment Enabler

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-7-thumbHarnessing the Potential of Additive Manufacturing

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-8-thumbParadigm Shift

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-9-thumbMetals Additive Manufacturing

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-10-thumbDriving Innovation to Support the Warfighter

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-11-thumbGetting AM Up to Speed

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-12-thumbGreat Expectations

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-13-thumbImplications of AM for the Navy Supply Chain

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-14-thumbChallenges of Enterprise-Wide AM for Air Force Sustainment

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-15-thumbCollateral Damage

 

 

 

 

atl-Nov-16-article-16-thumbFoundational Principles

 

 

 

 


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Additive Manufacturing as a Sustainment Enabler


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By Marilyn Gaska, Ph.D. – Teresa Clement, Ph.D.

From an industry perspective, additive manufacturing (AM) has been a focus for more than 10 years, though rapid prototyping has actually been in practice for over 30 years with early emphasis and continued usage primarily during design and manufacturing of new systems. Continue reading

Paradigm Shift


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By Brett P. Conner

The attributes of additive manufacturing (AM) enable tremendous value for the Department of Defense (DoD). In order to take advantage of those attributes, the DoD must actively pivot away from the acquisition, logistics, sustainment and contracting practices developed from more than 100 years of experiences in utilizing conventional manufacturing processes from the Industrial Revolution. To understand why, we first need to examine what the Industrial Revolution gave us. Continue reading

Driving Innovation to Support the Warfighter


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By Kelly Morris

The spotlight is on for additive manufacturing (AM) in the commercial sector, but it is also intense for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), which hopes to capitalize on the promise of innovation to improve readiness and support to the military. As it tracks AM through the Gartner Hype Cycle, which depicts phases that innovations move through from the initial “Innovation Trigger” through the “Plateau of Productivity,” is DLA headed down the “trough of disillusionment” or up the “slope of enlightenment” to a “productive plateau” for AM investments? (See Figure 1.) The productive plateau is where mainstream adoption starts to take off. Criteria for assessing provider viability are more clearly defined and the technology’s broad market applicability and relevance are clearly paying off. Continue reading

When and When Not to Accelerate Acquisitions


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By Frank Kendall

frank-kendall-headshotWhy don’t we do all our acquisition programs faster? What keeps us from having all acquisition programs be “rapid” acquisitions? The short answer is that, if we choose to, we can trade quality for time.
Sometimes that is smart, and
sometimes it isn’t.

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An Overview of Additive Manufacturing


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By Mark Vitale  –  Mark Cotteleer  –  Jonathan Holdowsky

Additive manufacturing (AM)—known also as “3D printing”—has exploded into public consciousness over the past several years. Stories and perspectives seem to appear in the popular press and technology blogs on a near daily basis.    Continue reading

Ensuring a Safe Technological Revolution


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By William E. Frazier, Ph.D.   –  Elizabeth L. McMichael  –  Jennifer Wolk, Ph.D.  –  Caroline Scheck

In an era of increasing global hostilities, the Department of Defense (DoD) faces increasing fiscal constraints. Maritime security challenges continue while the defense industrial base shrinks, platforms and systems age and readiness declines. To help confront these challenges and meet the needs of defense missions, new enabling technologies must be identified and integrated into the DoD. Continue reading