Ordnance Technology Research, Development and Deployment Discussed
CHARLESTON, S.C.-- The National Warheads and Energetics Consortium (NWEC), managed by SCRA Applied R&D, recently held its annual General Membership Meeting and Government Collaboration Day. The meeting, held in early June, offered government, industry and academia an opportunity to meet and exchange information relating to the research, development and deployment of ordnance technology.
I look forward to continued work on ordnance technologies to support the Department of Defense in ensuring our men and women in uniform have the highest-caliber technologies to protect our country.
NWEC is the industrial and academic component of the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC). The two consortiums were established to facilitate collaborative ordnance technology development and prototyping. The NWEC/DOTC Enterprise is unique in its ability to leverage the capabilities and investments of its participants, both public and private, to rapidly deliver ordnance technology to the warfighter.
Approximately 230 representatives from Government, Industry and Academic organizations participated in the event, which focused on collaboration among and between the participants. The event also provided an update on the activities carried out by the NWEC over the past year. 112 of the 205 NWEC member organizations from 28 states participated in the first day session where the Government presented its challenges as they relate to Ordnance Technology. In addition, a series of one-on-one sessions with the government representatives offered industry and academic attendees an opportunity to quickly engage with a number of government attendees on items of particular interest to their respective organizations.
NWEC is one of many consortia - national and international programs and collaborations between the federal government, private corporations and academia - which SCRA Applied R&D manages. In addition to the ordnance program, which is designed to maintain our technological superiority on the battlefield, other consortia areas of expertise include: shipbuilding and maritime technologies, composites and advanced materials, manufacturing, software applications, agency interoperability and homeland security.
The annual NWEC meeting was an ideal forum for information exchange and collaboration, said SCRA Applied R&D President Chris Van Metre. I look forward to continued work on ordnance technologies to support the Department of Defense in ensuring our men and women in uniform have the highest-caliber technologies to protect our country.
SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 29 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $1.5 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA's cumulative impact on South Carolina's economy to be over $14 billion, and that the company has helped create approximately 15,000 technology-related jobs in the state, with wages averaging between $55,000 and $77,000.
DOTC is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Defense and NWEC. The NWEC component of DOTC was established in August 2000 to quickly provide innovative warhead, fuze, propellant, pyrotechnic and explosives solutions to meet the operational needs of the User. Commissioned by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as a DoD Laboratory Initiative in December 2002, the DOTC enterprise facilitates ordnance technology development and prototyping among and between its Government, Industry, and Academic members.