DMC 2018 was held in Nashville, TN at the Music City Center with a jam-packed agenda revolving around the theme “Manufacturing Innovation for the Warfighter.” During the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday General Session, 28 speakers / panelists discussed a variety of topics from the DoD and Services Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) strategies, thoughts on innovation in manufacturing, and developing the advanced manufacturing workforce. This year we had two exciting guest speakers: Mr. Titan Gilroy, owner of TITANS of CNC, and Mr. Peter MacDonald, Sr., President of the Navajo Code Talkers Association. Mr. Gilroy presented his unique perspective on the need to manufacturing to return to the U.S. and novel ways to train the next generation of machine tool operators. Mr. MacDonald shared the history of the Navajo Code Talkers and their top-secret mission to provide secure communications during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Both speakers received standing ovations.
No trip to Nashville would be complete without live music and UTC was able to host Ms. Abbie Gardner to perform the National Anthem and perform during the Thursday Morning Breakfast. Abbie Gardner is an award-winning songwriter, singer and Dobro player hailing from Jersey City, NJ. She is best known as 1/3 of the female harmony group Red Molly, but released a solo record called “Wishes on a Neon Sign” this year and has been touring as a solo act. Her song “The Mind of a Soldier” was performed before Mr. MacDonald spoke.
DMC 2018 had over 920 participants attending the General and Technical sessions. DMC is hosted by UTC and is the nation’s largest annual forum for the defense manufacturing and industrial base community of practice – business and technology leaders, policy makers, managers, scientists and engineers, from all levels of industry, government and academia. This year was focused on rallying American Defense Industry, Military Services and academia to respond to the issues, vision and opportunities that keep American defense strong.
Please join us for DMC 2019 to be held in Phoenix, AZ at the Phoenix Convention Center on December 2-5, 2019.