NAMC’s Smart Motor Pool

On Tuesday, 10-August, the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) is hosting and sponsoring a live, “Smart Motor Pool” Pitch Competition in conjunction with GVSETS.

The event will be held in the main meeting room from 1:15 until 3:00 pm. The winner(s) will be announced and awards presented by senior Army leaders on Wednesday, 11-August, at 11:45 during the GVSETS opening, main session.

Drop in and watch six companies – Andromeda Systems Incorporated, BAE Systems, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, MCM Learning, Oshkosh Defense, and Raytheon Missiles and Defense -- face-off for the right to win a share of the $100k in prize money and claim bragging rights, as they make their case for having the most innovative and promising solutions to the real world challenges facing Army motor pools today.

 

Background

The idea for the pitch competition began, when during his remarks at the MDEX conference in May, 2020, Mr. Tim Goddette, then Program Executive Officer, Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) challenged industry to envision how developments in advanced technologies might be applied to address various challenges in the area of vehicle maintenance and help move the Army in the direction of what he referred to as “Smart Motor Pools”.

In response, NAMC proposed to undertake a novel, Mission Driven Innovation (MDI) study intended to first identify and prioritize the everyday, operational problems and needs that motor pool maintenance managers commonly experience in their efforts to ensure the readiness of a Brigade Combat Team (BCT) fleet of vehicles. The study, which was conducted earlier this year in close collaboration with the PEO CS&CSS and Army Ordnance School, resulted in identifying 73 detailed, “solution-agnostic” needs associated with the process of repairing, servicing, and maintaining BCT vehicles at the Field Maintenance Company (FMC) and Forward Support Company (FSC) levels.

These needs were first prioritized, then synthesized into five primary problem areas. The prioritized needs in each problem area were then documented in the form of problem statements intended to inform: (1) innovators’ efforts to ideate and conceptualize potential technical solutions; and (2) Army leaders efforts to review and improve various organizational and functional aspects of motor pool operations across the DOTMLPF-P spectrum.

To jumpstart the process of innovating technical solutions to the identified problems, NAMC decided to organize and fund the pitch competition. Industry was invited to propose concepts and solutions that address one of more of the problem areas and prioritized needs identified in the MDI study. Army subject matter experts from the Ordnance School and PEO CS&CSS then reviewed the proposed solutions and selected the six finalists.