New Submarine Camels Offer Low Maintenance
For more than one hundred years U.S. Navy sailors have been defending the nation from under water within the completely enclosed and close-quartered submarine vessel environment, often for months at a time. As a result of their dedicated service under the ocean surface, submariners are usually eager to return to port where they can reunite with the expansive outside environment to stretch, refresh, and re-energize.
When submarines come to port to give the sailors and officers a much deserved respite, the dock that hosts the submarine must be properly equipped to handle the vessel, which unlike surface ships, sits very low in the water. Read More ...
CorrConnect Furthers DoD Goals for Corrosion Training
Corrosion Office Tests Functionality of Cloud-Based Beta Site
Since 2005 the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office has partnered with corrosion experts from DoD and industry to advance a seminal goal—to educate and train tomorrow’s defense acquisition workforce in controlling and preventing corrosion. DoD relies on a powerful online tool known as CorrDefense to carry out its multi-faceted training mission. Housed at CorrDefense.org, the Web site houses key corrosion databases, member and working group forums, policy documents, podcasts and videos aimed at program managers and engineers, and CorrDefense e-magazine. Read More ...
Marine Corps Cost of Corrosion Declines by $85 Million
Service Tackles High Cost Drivers Outlined in DoD-Sponsored Report
Since the DoD Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight began issuing yearly reports that track what the military services spend on corrosion prevention and control, the Marine Corps has studied the numbers. Between fiscal years 2005 and 2008, the Marine Corps’ cost of corrosion decreased by $85 million, which included $68 million in vehicle maintenance expenditures and $17 million in the percentage of depot-level and field-level maintenance attributed to corrosion. To understand why, Cynthia Greenwood, CorrDefense editor-at-large, interviewed three officials in the Marine Corps’ Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPAC) Program Office. In the interview below, Matt Koch, CPAC Program Manager; Bernard Friend, CPAC Operations and Sustainment Manager; and Andrew Sheetz, Engineering Agent for CPAC Acquisition Engineering, reviewed the secrets of their success.
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New Tool Helps DoD Weigh Hex Chrome Alternatives
For two years the Department of Defense (DoD) has sought to minimize the use of hexavalent chromium (also known as hex chrome), a heavy metal compound used to manufacture aircraft, ships, ground vehicles, and other weapon systems. To guide military program managers in the practical and safe use of the compound, the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office is developing a tool to help program managers decide when to use it as they supervise the design and engineering of new weapon systems.
“We are in the process of creating this simplified, accessible tool using cost and performance parameters so that program managers can make smart decisions about using hex chrome as systems are designed,” said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office. Read More ...