SESSION SUMMARIES

US Army and US Air Force Future Requirements. Speakers in this session will highlight anticipated future requirements for textile-related products, including but not limited to uniforms, accessories, individual equipment, environmental and CBRN protective clothing, footwear, etc.  These may include known (but unscheduled) future acquisitions for existing products, as well as their interests in emerging textile technologies and products that integrate such technologies.

US Navy and US Marine Corps Future Requirements.  Speakers in this session will highlight anticipated future requirements for textile-related products, including but not limited to uniforms, accessories, individual equipment, environmental and CBRN protective clothing, footwear, etc.  These may include known (but unscheduled) future acquisitions for existing products, as well as their interests in emerging textile technologies and products that integrate such technologies.

US Special Operations Command Future Requirements.  Speakers in this session will highlight anticipated future requirements for textile-related products, including but not limited to uniforms, accessories, individual equipment, environmental and CBRN protective clothing, footwear, etc.  These may include known (but unscheduled) future acquisitions for existing products, as well as their interests in emerging textile technologies and products that integrate such technologies.

US Army Research and Development. Panel presenters will highlight recent changes in the command structure for US Army R&D, processes for interaction between industry and Army R&D entities, and future requirements for advanced technology integration into specific soldier systems and textile-related products.

Individual Equipment, Body Armor, Load Bearing Items and Accessories. DLA and Service representatives will discuss known current and future acquisitions for these textile-based products, including but not limited to hard and soft body armor, load-bearing and load carriage equipment, canteens, field packs, rucksacks, holsters, footwear, etc.  Speakers may also discuss priorities and expectations for integration of advanced textile technologies into these products.

Combat & Dress Uniforms and Accessories. DLA and Service representatives will discuss known current and future acquisitions for these textile-based products, including but not limited to dress clothing (coats, trousers, skirts, headwear, etc.) and combat uniforms for all Services.  Speakers may also discuss priorities and expectations for integration of advanced textile technologies into these products.

Flight, Safety, Special Purpose and Shipboard Clothing. DLA and Service representatives will discuss known current and future acquisitions for these textile-based products, including but not limited to flyers coveralls and helmets, anti-gravity suits, disposable coveralls, flight deck shirts and helmets, combat vehicle crewman and aircrew uniforms, etc.  Speakers may also discuss priorities and expectations for integration of advanced textile technologies into these products.

Environmental/CBRN Protective Clothing, Equipment and Accessories. DLA and Service representatives will discuss known current and future acquisitions for these textile-based products, including but not limited to parkas, jackets, trousers and systems for extended cold weather, intermediate, arctic and jungle environments, as well as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense and other non-ballistic personal protective items.  Speakers may also discuss priorities and expectations for integration of advanced textile technologies into these products.

Camouflage Spectral Reflectance.  Panel members will discuss technical information, strategy and schedule for acquisition of electro-optical camouflaged fabric to help warfighters hide from enemy short-wave infrared (SWIR) sensors.  The panel may also discuss integration of other technologies into combat uniform design.

Defense Logistics Agency Environmental Programs. Panel member(s) will discuss DLA’s Buy Green program, sustainability processes and environmental objectives in textile-based uniform and equipment production.

Defense Logistics Agency Planning and Forecasting. Panel member(s) will discuss how DLA receives requirements from the Services and creates forecasts for acquisition and fielding of textile-based uniforms, accessories and equipment.

Textile Workforce and Talent Pipeline: Resources for Government and Industry. This session will focus on recruitment, training, employment and retention of a skilled textile workforce.  Panel members will also highlight specific resources, programs and initiatives in K-12, Community College and UNC Systems, as well as textile-focused apprenticeships, internships and other sources of talent – including the transitioning military workforce.

How to Utilize Beta.Sam and DIBBS for Opportunities. Presenter(s) will discuss how to establish and run agency- and NAICS-focused searches on beta.SAM and the DLA DIBBS system in order to identify contract opportunities.  They will also discuss advantages of MatchForce.org, which automatically matches opportunities from beta.SAM and notifies businesses of matches opportunities.