DVIDS – News – DLA Land and Maritime Focuses on Industry Partnerships and Emerging Technologies on Day 2 of National Supplier Conference

The 2022 Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Supplier Conference and Expo concluded on April 7 after a day filled with informative defense and industry speakers, collaborative breakout sessions and focus groups focused on improving communication and relationships with industry partners, as well as identifying new opportunities to support the warfighter.

The two-day event was designed to provide in-person engagement opportunities for military, government and industry leaders from across the country. Hundreds of attendees had the opportunity to network and participate in discussions aimed at improving supply chain support in a contested environment.

Day two speakers focused on additive manufacturing, microchips, future requirements, contracts and supply chain security. Breakout sessions focused on the future workforce, innovative and emerging technologies, and the growing need for small businesses to support Warfighter readiness and response capabilities.

DLA Land and Maritime Deputy Commander Kenneth D. Watson in his opening remarks on day two of the event, thanked all participants and encouraged everyone to take full advantage of the opportunity to network and engage in dialogue significant in deepening relationships and providing new opportunities for partnerships that will strengthen the logistical support DLA Land and Maritime provides to Warfighters and their customers.

“We are here today to collaborate on ways to continue to strengthen the quality and reliability of the logistics support we provide to our Warfighters and our customers,” Watson said. “Our efforts can help reduce the obsolescence of the systems and platforms we provide for our services while ensuring continued support for our customers. Our customers demand and deserve superior logistics than DLA [Land and Maritime] provides. »

In addition to Watson, the second day of the conference featured presentations by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David Maxwell, Vice Director of Joint Chiefs of Staff, J4; Dr. Chris Michienzi, Chief Technology Officer for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment; , Maj. Gen. Mark Simerly, commanding general of Combined Arms Sustainment Command, Sustainment Center of Excellence and Fort Lee; and Naval Sea Systems Command Commander Marine Vice Adm. William Galinis.

In addition to high-level military and government speakers, land and sea leaders invited Nanda Kumar, President of Eaton’s Aerospace Group, to discuss digital manufacturing technology. Often called 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, this technology creates physical objects from a geometric representation by successive additions of materials.

“3D printing is a game-changing technology of the future,” Kumar said. “In my mind, our competition – and when I’m talking about competition here, I’m talking about China – China is rapidly adopting this technology and they are much faster than us in terms of certification and bringing products to the field. So in order for us to stay ahead as a country here on technology and be on the cutting edge, we need to reduce some of the certification timeline so that we can bring the technology to life much faster than we can today. I watch [this conference] as a great opportunity for me to make that call to my clients here,” Kumar added.

Kumar went on to echo Watson’s opening remarks and sentiment in accepting the emphasis on the invaluable aspect of once again having the opportunity to have face-to-face interactions and networking opportunities in nobody.

“I think coming out of the pandemic, for me the greatest value of this conference is rebuilding relationships with customers, but the greatest benefit is also the power of networks at events like this. “, Kumar said. “That’s where you really get out there and meet people from different parts of the industry – you learn a lot of things that you can never do in a virtual format. The big value in these kinds of conversations is when you walk out of a presentation and have coffee and that’s where you meet people. So the power of networking in my mind is amazing when you come to a conference like this. You always win a perspective like what are the real pressure points or pain points of clients?And you don’t get that understanding unless you listen to multiple clients, and you start picking up themes associated with that.

DLA Land and Maritime Commander Rear Marine Adm. Kristen Fabry closed the conference by reminding all participants that mission success is influenced by multiple factors and that a contested logistical environment can only be overcome through the efforts of teamwork and keeping communication open. .

“The most crucial factor for the success of our mission is to keep the communication channels open,” Fabry said. “That’s why forums like this are so important, it’s our shared opportunity to meet face-to-face and ask those burning questions; whether you’re a small business just getting started or a large business looking to grow. Don’t let the conversations end here. Take the connections you’ve forged here and keep the conversation going.

“To all of our participants, thank you for sharing your insights over the past two days. As we move forward, these types of open and candid exchanges are critical to ensuring that we develop effective solutions that strengthen our industrial base and provide supply chain stability for our Warfighters around the world,” concluded Fabry.

Date taken: 04.08.2022
Date posted: 04.08.2022 20:49
Story ID: 418179

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