Kelly Morris, chief of research and development at the Defense Logistics Agency, has said DLA seeks technological ideas from the private sector to keep counterfeit electronics out of the military supply chain and implement additive manufacturing processes.
She highlighted various opportunities for companies to partner with DLA during an industry day held Wednesday at the agency’s McNamara Headquarters Complex in Virginia, DLA said Thursday.
DLA held the event to familiarize industry representatives with DLA’s ongoing efforts to increase warfighter support and address supply chain management challenges.
Morris added current R&D programs at DLA encompass distribution modernization, strategic materials, combat rations and supply chain security.
“We’re now looking for ways to procure parts via 3D models using our existing DLA processes and manufacturing.”
“We also want to move DLA from a PDF tech data package to a ‘smart’ data and engineering models.”
Morris believes that partnering with companies will help DLA to maximize the agency’s R&D budget of $38 million each year.