NAT IONAL CENTER FOR DEFENSE MANUFACTUR ING & MACHINING also taking advantage of the fact that each one of them comes with a history of ideas? The challenge is knowing we want to leverage those ideas but need to maintain our identity.” “We always put the war fighter first,” adds Scott Deutsch, Media Relations Manager. “All the manufacturing projects we get involved with contribute to improving, or otherwise have, that element of operational readiness that the DoD prioritizes. Whether it’s ramping up production from a prototype to a full production of a component, or sustainment activities, we’re looked at to enhance the quality of military products and the affordability of the defense manufacturing process. It’s also about maintainability. Can we make more spare parts? Can the supply-chain sustain this platform or product? But, truly, rapid deployment—the readiness aspect of things—is a huge part of all of this. The DoD invests in its manufacturing technology. Those are all priorities for them, regardless of whether it’s a munitions system or an aviation system. Whatever it is, the question we ask remains the same: can we enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of that particular asset or product?” Connecting those dots is the NCDMM methodology.