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Allied Countries Collaborate to Combat Corrosion

U.S. Department of Defense and Allied Nation Corrosion Experts to Deepen Partnership at Technical Meeting in 2015

The fight against corrosion and material degradation knows no national borders. The smartest way for DoD to preserve its assets and infrastructure is to seek and exchange solutions with numerous allies overseas. This is why the DoD corrosion community wants to broaden its international program of collaboration with nine strategic allies in Pittsburgh next year at the 2015 DoD Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference.

Military corrosion experts from all armed services and at least nine allied nations, guided by the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, will gather at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from August 2 – 6, 2015.

"As we focus on the importance of allied collaboration in combating corrosion, we eagerly seek the participation of military corrosion experts from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Italy, the Philippines, and New Zealand," said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD Corrosion Office. Thus far, the Corrosion Office has signed international exchange agreements with five of these nations, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Efforts are underway to cement agreements with the other four in the next two years."

Members of the U.S. Navy who are active in the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Integrated Product Team will manage the 2015 conference technical program, and NACE International: The Corrosion Society will serve as conference organizer. The technical presenters will accept abstracts for presentations until November 20, 2014.) Click here to view the current Call for Papers.

The 2015 conference will mark the inaugural presence of the department's allied defense ministry partners, whose participation will ensure the expansion of corrosion control efforts worldwide, said Dunmire. "The 2015 DoD – Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference will continue where the 2013 NATO Seminar & Workshop left off - to allow a meaningful exchange of corrosion control information between the U.S. DoD and its allied defense ministry partners, industry, academia, and government agencies, so that all entities can collectively seek to reduce the negative impacts of corrosion on global readiness and safety."

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has developed a comprehensive strategy to combat corrosion throughout the armed forces. As resources directed toward corrosion prevention become increasingly constrained, acquisition-level management decisions, maintenance practices, and sustainment paradigms become critical to prolonging the life cycle of materiel. Corrosion control and prevention throughout the DoD costs the United States $22.5 billion each year. Consequently, DoD actively seeks new corrosion mitigation and prevention technologies, processes, products, and management systems for those who acquire and sustain military weapon systems and infrastructure.

Planning for the DoD-Allied Nations Corrosion Conference is subject to the receipt of official government approval.

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