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Subsistence Supply Chain Manufacturing Improvements



TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Materials/Processes

OBJECTIVE: Develop and promote manufacturing improvements in the subsistence supply chain. Leverage the latest technologies, encourage innovation and modernization, and to maximize capability and capacity in subsistence. The research seeks to identify and test of low-risk, high-impact technology, quality and process improvements of the individual and group combat rations, and improvements in subsistence products/equipment. Research projects shall involve current trends related to combat rations, field feeding solutions, food innovations, and nutrition and health.

DESCRIPTION: DLA Subsistence Network topics of interest are short term manufacturing improvement projects that:

  • Increase efficiency; reduce production and transportation lead times for field feeding systems, which provide food to troops in training or serving in combat operations
  • Improve the quality, surge capability, reduce costs, or increase efficiency in combat rations processes/products
  • Address making effective and efficient innovative changes to current established food production and food products
  • Increase the nutritional value of food products and nutritional value of food products for troops in the field or in garrison
  • Mitigate current or potential risks in the subsistence supply chain related to these topics
  • Explains how the technology or improvement addresses short term and long term needs of DLA/DoD

Candidate technologies should balance commercial considerations and DoD requirements.

PHASE I: The research and development goals of Phase I are to identify Subsistence Network related opportunities to improve combat rations/field feeding equipment/food innovations/ nutrition and health in the DLA Subsistence Supply Chain. Develop plan for the innovative approach/improvement to the subsistence-related topics of interest. The research and development goals of Phase I are to identify and validate the feasibility of the technology or innovative process by demonstrating reduced cost, increased efficiencies, improved surge demands, enhanced quality (e.g., improved nutritional value, extending shelf life).

PHASE II: Based on the results achieved in Phase I, DLA Subsistence Network will decide whether to continue the effort based on the technical, commercial merit, and feasibility of the proposed solution. The research and development goals of Phase II are to demonstrate how the plan will be successfully executed and result in cost savings, efficiencies, quality improvements, or other performance measures. Further, demonstrate how the plan leverages existing or developing technology in subsistence-related topics that will improve the manufacturing process. Lastly, provide the cost benefit analysis with specific metrics for measuring progress and success.

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: At this point, no specific SBIR funding is associated with Phase III. The solution and its quantifiable results will be used to build a compelling business case where the agency may choose to pursue a sole source contract utilizing the technology developed through the Phase I and Phase II effort.



KEYWORDS: Combat Rations, Nutrition and Health, Food Innovations, Field Feeding Solutions

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