AMMO WG Teleconference Minutes – 7 June 2017

On 7 June, 2017 the Additive Manufacturing Maintenance Operations (AMMO) working group conducted a teleconference. The focus of this session was the AM Business Model Wargame II conducted on 16-17 May, at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, VA.  The agenda consisted of a series of out-briefs from the co-leaders, facilitators, and coordinators of the four teams.  A summary of the teleconference follows:


AM Business Model Wargame II


Attendance:  105 people registered. 10-15 were not able to participate


Team #1 (Buy-Out):  Traditional Approach (Bob Appleton)

  • Since AM is not a traditional manufacturing process it presented challenges to the traditional acquisition approach.
  • Team #1 probably went into too much detail
  • TDP is more than just data. Working within the wargame parameters limited our ability to complete.
  • Takeaway: We want to specifically negotiate data rights (instead of the two options)


Team #2 (Loaner): (LTC Howie Marotto)

  • Working the scenario with the “Loaner” model was complicated
  • Internal government/DoD regulations don’t allow a lease
  • The leasing model does has value, but also challenges
    • DoD restrictions
    • Services cannot use it
    • GSA can and does lease
  • Asses to value proposition
    • Reduces logistics chain
    • IP access enables rapid fabrication
    • Product updates more quickly available
  • Pros:
    • Leasing can mitigate obsolescence issues
    • Leasing over the life cycle of a system can save money and provide a better value
    • Incentivizes acceleration of innovation and spurs competition
    • Potential for continuous revenue stream for industry
    • Industry opportunity to leverage AM profitability
  • Cons:
    • Penalties for exceeding degradation percentage may not make AM viable
    • Cost models are unexplored (i.e., how do we get data back?)
    • Brand reputation may be at risk


Team #3 (Commercial Logistics Support (CLS)): (Bill Harris)

  • Government has the ability to do the type of work if needed
  • Offers flexibility
  • We decided that having 5 year options allowed technology refresh
  • Low risk method for the government to enter the AM space
  • CLS method has the greatest ability to offset high op-tempo needs


Team #4 (Net-Flix): Capt. Armen Kurdian & Jim Regenor

  • Challenges included Liability Issues
  • Data capture is critical to properly categorize
    • Having metadata would help
      • Where & when part is made
      • Which machine was used
    • Have the ability to adapt the business model to changing technology
      • View manufacturing as a service
    • There are potential cost savings by eliminating non-value added steps of the supply chain
      • Better value for the Government
    • There is opportunity to be creative


Next Meeting: – The next AMMO WG call is scheduled for 10:30-12:00 am (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, 12 July 2017. (The WG agreed to move it from 5 July).


POC this action is Ray Langlais, LMI,, (571) 633-8019