Dear Team –
The pandemic and the challenges it has introduced, can sometimes make it feel as if we are frozen in time. But yet, here we are already at the end of 2021. While business is not fully back to normal and we have not had the opportunity to meet in person for far too long, I can't thank you enough for your continued tireless work during the year. All of the success we have had in improving the practice of DMSMS and parts management is due entirely to you and it has positioned us for some big achievements in 2022.
DMSMS and parts management activities have received a significant boost in visibility and resources due to a collaboration with the Defense Microelectronics Cross-Functional Team (DMCFT), established by the Deputy Secretary of Defense to "develop a DoD strategy, implementation, and transition plan that will minimize vulnerabilities within the Department's microelectronic supply chain." Common goals enable this collaboration. The microelectronics community spends billions of dollars to make life-of-need buys and to resolve DMSMS issues; proactive DMSMS management and informed parts selection will help reduce those expenditures.
One very significant result of this collaboration has been the development of a proposal to fund the establishment of an Enterprise Parts Management System (EPMS). The EPMS would provide information on current and projected microelectronics usage throughout DoD as well as all pertinent characteristics of the supply chain for those items. While this system would assist the microelectronics community in achieving its vision of assured access to the microelectronics needs of the warfighter, it would also provide important capabilities to our community. The EPMS would enable us to better forecast and manage DMSMS issues and it would allow supply chain risk considerations to be more effectively used in parts selection. Although building this coalition and championing the EPMS have consumed significant resources in 2021, the DMSMS and parts management communities are now better positioned to pursue their strategic objectives in 2022.
In addition to the work with the DMCFT, there has been quite a bit of effort underway regarding policy and guidance:
As you know, out Parts and Material Management Conference is rescheduled for March 7-10 in Aurora, CO. I am anxious to see you all again in person. I look forward to discussing all of the above with you tomorrow.
Most importantly, I hope you have a super holiday season and my very best wishes for a spectacular New Year!!