Welcome and Orientation
0830-0845: Main Conference Hall
Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center, President Kandi Deitemeyer, President, Central Piedmont Community College and Rick Carpenter, President, Southern Textile Association will deliver welcome remarks. Scott will also quickly review the Summit goals and orient participants to the event program.
Kickoff Panel and Dialogue: The Future of Textile Technologies, Innovation and New Product Development, Testing and Evaluation
0845-1015: Main Conference Hall
Representatives from manufacturing and from industry- and academia-based research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) institutions will discuss future and emerging textile technologies, capabilities and the “Art of the Possible” in the next 10 to 20 years. Discussion will include the revolution in transforming traditional fibers, yarns and fabrics into integrated, multi-functional and even networked systems that will enhance survivability on the future battlefield. DoD representatives will discuss their perspective on the future of military textiles and outline their priorities for future soldier systems, including uniforms, protective and tactical gear and textile-based individual and organizational equipment. The panel will also address military R&D capacity and programs to engage industry and academia in military textile R&D. The panel will encourage dialogue with audience members.
Industry-Government Conversation (Supply Chain, Berry Amendment, COVID and Challenges to Engaging in the Federal Marketplace)
1030-1115: Main Conference Hall
Representatives from industry, academia and DoD will dialogue about supply chain, workforce, transportation, regulatory, COVID-, policy and priority-related issues impacting delivery of textile-based commodities to DoD. Discussion will include the impact of these challenges and disruptions on the Berry Amendment, future domestic production and military readiness, and strategies to mitigate them. Dialogue will also address financial, technical, infrastructure, contracting and other barriers to entry into - and pivoting within - the federal market by small and mid-size businesses, and strategies and programs to mitigate these challenges.
Acquisition Dialogues with Industry (Four Commodity-Focused Sessions)
DLA, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force speakers will discuss programmed future requirements, acquisition processes and current and future acquisitions, and will dialogue with industry about production capacity and challenges for products within various commodity categories, as outlined below. Speakers and industry may also dialogue about priorities, production challenges and opportunities to integrate advanced technologies into products within these commodity sectors.
Individual, Organizational and Safety Equipment
Individual equipment: hard and soft body armor, load bearing equipment and individual equipment items
Combat Clothing & Accessories (including PPE)
Environmental Clothing, Special Purpose Clothing & Footwear
Textile Workforce and Talent Pipeline: Resources for Government and Industry
Speakers will discuss and dialogue with audience members about recruitment, training, employment and retention of a skilled textile workforce for industry and government. Speakers will highlight specific resources, programs and initiatives in K-12, community college and university systems, as well as textile-focused apprenticeships, internships and other sources of talent – including the transitioning military workforce.
Lunch and Remarks
1215-1345: Main Conference Hall
Scott Dorney will introduce Davis Warlick (Parkdale Mills) and Don Vavala (NCTO) for industry and closing remarks. United States Senator Thom Tillis will provide remarks on behalf of the State of North Carolina. David Johns, Deputy Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Clothing and Textiles will deliver keynote remarks
Military Service Dialogues with Industry (Two Sessions)
Speakers will highlight and dialogue with audience members about anticipated future needs, requirements and trends in emerging technologies for textile-based products, including uniforms, accessories, footwear and individual and organizational equipment. Speakers will highlight their respective command structures for R&D, processes for interaction with industry and academia, and future requirements for advanced technology integration into specific soldier systems, potentially including but not limited to camouflage spectral reflectance.
US Navy, US Marine Corps Dialogue
US Army, US Air Force Dialogue