DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
The Department of Defense (DoD), headquartered at the Pentagon, is America’s oldest and largest government agency with a rich history of innovation. Its mission is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and ensure the nation’s security. As such, it is responsible for staffing, training, and equipping the U.S. Armed Forces.
U.S. ARMY GROUND VEHICLE SYSTEMS CENTER
U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) provides world class engineering across the acquisition life-cycle, and develops and experiments with the new technologies needed to ensure U.S. Army ground dominance as part of the Multi-Domain Operations construct. DEVCOM’s mission is to develop, integrate, demonstrate, and sustain ground vehicle systems capability to support Army modernization priorities and improve readiness.
UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) develops and employs fully capable Special Operations Forces to conduct global special operations and activities as part of the Joint Force to support persistent, networked, and distributed Combatant Command operations and campaigns against state and non-state actors to protect and advance U.S. policies and objectives.
U.S. ARMY TANK-AUTOMOTIVE & ARMAMENTS COMMAND (U.S. TACOM)
U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (U.S. TACOM) is a Major Subordinate Command of Army Materiel Command with a largely civilian workforce that helps to build Army readiness. TACOM manages the Army’s ground equipment supply chain, which constitutes about 60% of the Army’s total equipment. If a soldier drives it, shoots it, wears it, or eats it, TACOM sustains it.
OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and carry out the research needed to accelerate the global delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports scientific discovery, clean energy, and security.
ORNL CARBON FIBER TECHNOLOGY FACILITY
The Caron Fiber Technology Facility (CFTC) is the DoE’s only designated user facility for carbon fiber innovation. The CFTF provides a platform for identifying high-potential, low-cost raw materials including textile, lignin, polymer, and hydrocarbon-based precursors. Using the CFTF, ORNL is developing optimal mechanical properties for carbon fiber material, focusing on structure property and process optimization.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING SCIENCES
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is a cross-industry technology development consortium dedicated to improving the competitiveness and strength of the U.S. Industrial base. It is a member-based organization that leverages its network of industry, government, and academia partners to develop, demonstrate, and transition innovative technologies efficiently, with less risk and cost.
Jankel is a world leader in advanced protection systems for vehicles and occupants. Their vehicles and systems are deployed in military, humanitarian, and security operations around the globe, where terrain, climate, environment, and operational effectiveness are critical to the success of a mission. As armoring, ballistic, and survivability experts, they are constantly testing new materials, designs, and processes to help improve the safety and protection of troops, forces, and peacekeepers worldwide.
ESE CARBON COMPANY
ESE Carbon Company was founded in 2011 by a small, talented team deep in the north Georgia mountains, with the goal of making carbon fiber composites accessible. Now, a decade later, ESE continues to drive innovation in areas such as tailored fiber placement (TFP), high-pressure resin infusion, engineering design, and analysis.