Are you satisfied with the results of your Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) program and its effect on your customer? While DMSMS is inevitable, it does not have to be thought of as a sequence of periodic crises that will cost you money. Policy, guidance, and best practices describe ways to conduct proactive, robust DMSMS management that routinely resolves issues. And it helps design systems to be DMSMS-resilient.
Are you creating too much downstream work by paying insufficient attention to part selection during design? Effective parts management is an important contributor to the long-term success of any program because an end-item's reliability, maintainability, supportability, assurance, and supply-chain security are dependent on the parts that comprise it. The DoD Parts Management Program establishes parts management best practices to increase readiness and reduce total ownership costs.
This webinar series provides a cross-functional forum for promoting, shaping, and coordinating government and industry approaches to effective DMSMS and parts management. This series leverages subject matter experts to increase your knowledge, awareness and ability to support your program effectively.
What does the future hold for DMSMS management? What should we do to improve ourselves? If you don't use tarot cards, this webinar panel is the way to get answers. The panel includes winners of the prestigious team, individual, and lifetime DMSMS awards who have not only accumulated massive DMSMS management experience but also applied that experience in meaningful ways. The panelists will answer thoughtful and provocative questions that draw on their perspectives and in-depth knowledge to stimulate a lively discussion of how DMSMS management should evolve.
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 – 1100 a.m. PT)
Brent Bolner, Acquisition Logistics Advisor, Army
Mr. Brent Bolner is the Acquisition Logistics Advisor in the Army Futures Command (AFC) Long Range Precision Fire (LRPF) team at Ft. Sill, OK, supporting the LRPF as the Army’s top modernization priority. He’s considered a DMSMS and Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Subject Matter Expert, and his career includes support of landmark DoD projects such as the Tomahawk Cruise Missile, Ship Shock Trials and Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) of the USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), and being a “plank owner” member of the design team for the USS San Antonio (LPD-17) Amphibious Assault Ship Class. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2013-2014 as a Navy Civilian and was awarded the Army Outstanding Civil Service Medal. Mr. Bolner is a published author and frequent contributor to defense magazines. His article “Supply Chain Risks and Solutions in the Adaptive Acquisition Framework” was included in the Jan/Feb 2023 edition of Defense Acquisition Magazine. Mr. Bolner received the DMSMS Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2023.
Ms. Alissa "Rese" Meikus, Obsolescence Engineer, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command
Ms. Alissa "Rese" Meikus serves as an Obsolescence Engineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Obsolescence Engineering Branch. In her 12 years with the CCDC Obsolescence Engineering Branch, she has served as the Army Material Command Obsolescence Program Manager, supported Army and Navy aviation and Army missile programs as an Obsolescence Program Manager, and served as the CCDC Obsolescence Engineering Branch Data Management Lead. Ms. Meikus has an in-depth understanding of the unique requirements for obsolescence management within multiple phases of the life cycle due to her experience supporting various systems from Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction through Operations & Sustainment.
Representing the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) program office, which won the 2022 DMSMS Team Achievement Award. The team is comprised of Ms. Kathy Hetrick (Lead), Mr. Ethan Fink, Mr. Frank Le, Ms. Samantha Westbrook, & Mr. Scott Elliott. They set up a risk-based approach to manage production risk throughout the program’s lifecycle, and established processes to proactively open and track DMSMS cases and risks. The management of government and prime/sub-contractor risk consisted of the team proactively monitoring Bill of Materials (BOM) for prior, current and future weapon configurations to facilitate early awareness of development, production, and sustainment DMSMS issues. They developed a business case analysis for each DMSMS cases to measure cost deltas between item re-design and alternative approaches identified by the team. These analyses provided critical insight into cost avoidance achieved by implementing the most cost-efficient solutions, while preserving weapon performance and schedule. The team established a $50M+ recurring DMSMS budget line item to quickly address DMSMS issues or obsolete parts. As a result of the team’s extraordinary DMSMS program management, the government avoided costs of $58M and preserved the ability to meet warfighter demand for these critical weapon systems.
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Mr. Bolner DMSMS Award
Ms. Meikus DMSMS Award