The fourth annual Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award was presented on Dec. 3, 2002, at the Defense Manufacturing Conference in Dallas. Award recipients included government and industry technologists from the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA's) Apparel Research Network (ARN) program and the Joint Military Service Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI) - Phase 2.
John B. Todaro, director for the Office of Technology Tranistion, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, presented the award.
The award recognizes defense and private sector individuals responsible for developing innovative manufacturing processes that improve the affordability, cycle time, readiness, and availability of defense weapon systems or components that meet the needs of the warfighters.
The ARN was established by the DLA Manufacturing Technology Program to improve the U.S. apparel industry's ability to meet DoD requirements for military clothing. Awards were presented to team members from the DLA; Clemson Apparel Research; Product Data Integration Technologies; AdvanTech; the Manufacturing Productivity Center; the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia; the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island; AT&T Government Solutions; and the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command.