2021 Maintenance Innovation Challenge is Open!

The National Defense Strategy predicts that new commercial technology will change society and, ultimately, the character of war. Maintaining the Department’s technological advantage will require changes to industry culture, investment sources, and protection across the National Security Innovation Base.  The Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) provides an opportunity for both commercial and government sources to contribute to the Defense Department’s technological advantage in sustainment operations.

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense – Materiel Readiness is pleased to announce the 2021 Maintenance Innovation Challenge.

The competition is open to more than just hardware and software innovative technologies and will include unique collaborative business relationships, resourcing strategies, business processes, production processes, and any other transformative capability that has the potential to make maintenance and sustainment more agile, effective, efficient, and affordable. The review and selection process provides great exposure as the top six innovations and the final winner are determined by senior DOD sustainment leaders.  All submissions will be posted in the 2021 Submission Booklet.

On December 6, 2020, the top six candidates from the MIC will present their solutions virtually to maintenance and sustainment communities.

Submissions are encouraged by the government, academia, and industry.  The submission period is now open. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 15th, 2021.