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Parts additively manufactured by ecosystem suppliers during Scenario Execution
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent supply chain disruptions exposed an ongoing need for domestic crisis preparedness and supply chain resiliency. The ability of the United States to maintain readiness, and to surge and sustain in response to an emergency, directly relates to the capacity, capabilities, and resiliency of our manufacturing and defense industrial base. Disruptions in supply and demand occur with surprising frequency – leading to significant challenges for the United States and its citizens. For this reason, the U.S. must pursue efforts to increase the resiliency and agility of supply chains, and develop talent pipelines.
Create and demonstrate an enduring, strategic infrastructure that provides a means to rapidly respond to national, regional, and local supply chain shortages in times of crisis, ultimately enhancing overall national economic competitiveness and security.
The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)/America Makes, with key support from Deloitte Consulting, LLP (Deloitte) and Quotient, Inc., executed this effort through two major focus areas: (1) Leadership and National Coordination – Identify supply chain and technical gaps and disseminate needs to solution providers to address known risks impeding rapid response to supply chain shortages in times of crisis. This was addressed through the sustainment and extension of the work that NCDMM/America Makes initiated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Veterans Affairs (VA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), and at the direction of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). (2) Resiliency and enduring Infrastructure to improve the U.S. response capability to future crises – In line with the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air Force (USAF) goals through enhancements of the existing AMCPR portal, developing a Strategic Roadmap and Playbook, and culminating with an Impacts Report. Three teams were created to execute these focus areas and deliver the products for this effort.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, NCDMM/America Makes led the AMCPR as a trusted entity to demonstrate impact across three key dimensions: convene, coordinate, and catalyze — to bolster supply chain resiliency and accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing (AM) technologies to meet critical demands during any crisis. Throughout the AMCPR, impact was delivered in the following ways:
Additional deliverables included: Sensing reports; scenario summary and success slides; University of Texas El Paso Drive AM Training AMCPR content; and demonstration of 2D to 3D file conversion capabilities.
The AMCPR program identified, developed, and demonstrated processes, policy, ecosystem, and tools to rapidly respond to national, regional, and local supply chain shortages during times of crises or normalcy. These efforts are recommended to continue and expand to address the needs of organic and inorganic industrial base; capture knowledge of additive manufacturing; execute wargaming exercises to ensure preparedness; expand the number of users and function of the AMCPR exchange to help address supply chain gaps; inform and drive policy and law needed around crises response and supply chain shortages.