Alion Selected to Manage Defense Sustainment Consortium and Assist Government with Aging Weapons Platforms
Technology Solutions Company to Provide Re-Engineering and Sustainment Process Management to Support DoD Systems Challenges
McLean, VA – August 13, 2008 – Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions provider, has been selected to manage the Defense Sustainment Consortium (DSC), an organization comprised of government agency stakeholders, industry partners and representatives from academic institutions. The DSC provides a forum in which the government can present challenges facing aging weapons systems and obtain expert advice on how to extend a weapon platform’s life.
In managing the 43 industry and academia DSC members and government stakeholders, Alion recommends re-engineering, non-recurring engineering, sustainment process management and supply chain management equipment reset for the aging weapons systems. Alion was chosen to manage DSC through a memorandum of agreement that was signed in July.
The DSC’s goal encompasses helping government agencies determine how to proceed with aging weapon systems through support, reset and recapitalization.
“When the government brings a problem to the DSC, it’s often because traditional approaches to maintenance and repair are ineffective or inefficient,” said Eric Haught, Director of the DSC and Manager of Alion’s Materials and Processes Division of the Technology Solutions Group. “Once a challenge is brought to the DSC, we’ll review various scenarios and make a recommendation as to how to fix the problem. We’re helping the government save on capital outlay by recommending the re-engineering of these older weapons platforms when possible.”
If the government agency decides to develop a new approach to sustainment of a weapon system or platform, consistent with advice received from the DSC, the agency has the ability to use the Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Testing Information Analysis Center (AMMTIAC) as the contract vehicle to implement the development and/or re-engineering. Alion is the prime contractor for the eight-year AMMTIAC, awarded by the Department of Defense in 2005.
“The DSC, coupled with the AMMTIAC contract vehicle, is helping the government extend the lifecycle of these mission-critical systems, and they can save a lot of money in the process,” said Chris Amos, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Technology Solutions Group. “DSC provides our government stakeholders with a benign environment in which to present problems to industry, and industry partners can work with the government on resolving these issues. This scenario is a win-win for everyone.”
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