MERC attends 2017 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium

Salt Lake City, Utah (04-07 December 2017)  The DoD Maintenance Symposium is an Office of the Secretary of Defense sponsored conference focused solely on the maintenance of weapon systems and equipment.

The theme for this year’s symposium was Maintaining the Joint Force Competitive Advantage through Innovative, Agile, and Adaptive Capabilities.

The symposium’s mission was to create an environment that enables every attendee to share relevant information, identify critical issues, discuss key topics, and increase DoD’s overall awareness of maintenance initiatives.

The keynote speaker was The Honorable Robert McMahon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Readiness.  Mr Kenneth Watson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy & Programs, hosted plenary sessions on reaching DoD readiness goals, field maintenance in contested environments, leveraging big data, and a senior logisticians roundtable.  Each plenary session included a panel discussion with senior DoD and industry panelists.

In addition to the plenary sessions, there were breakout sessions on the Maintenance Innovation Challenge, modernizing the organic industrial base, growing and evolving the DoD maintenance workforce, software sustainment challenges, process energy management, the impact of new technology on readiness, and a mini summit on CBM+.


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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