OSD Manufacturing Technology Program


The OSD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program focuses on cross-cutting defense manufacturing needs – those that are beyond the ability of a single service to address – and stimulates the early development of manufacturing processes and enterprise business practices concurrent with S&T development to achieve the largest cost-effective impact and to facilitate the developments enabling capabilities to our warfighters.


  • Develop enabling technologies for advanced capabilities that ensure warfighter technical dominance
  • Address cross-cutting, defense-critical manufacturing needs beyond the ability of a single service or agency to address
  • Reduce cost to acquire and maintain critical technologies
  • Enhances manufacturability/producibility of Defense-essential/defense-unique processes or components

Quality OSD ManTech Projects:

  • Have sound technical approach
  • Fit OSD ManTech scope by:
    • significantly enhancing manufacturability/producibility
    • being beyond the risk of industry or a single program office
    • being defense essential or defense unique
  • Have joint service warfighter impact:
    • with multi-service, multi-system applications
    • being significant to warfighting capability/solving a warfighting problem
  • Have quantifiable impact with capability, cost, cycle time, process yield improvement, faster time to implementation, number of systems impacted, positive ROI, or other quantifiable merits
  • Provide key metrics for measuring manufacturing and project success identified
  • Advance Manufacturing Readiness level from MRL3 to MRL7
  • Have clear transition/implementation path to warfighter or to the next funding agent

The OSD ManTech program operates on a two-year cycle.  The FY20 project call is linked here: FY20 Proposal Call Cover Memo.  Focused Investment Areas for the FY20 project call are

  • Fuze Manufacturing Technology
  • RF Sensors Thermal Management
  • Directed Energy
  • Transparent Ceramic Material
  • Advanced Energetic Materials and Systems Manufacturing Technology



Whitepaper Submissions

Whitepaper submissions to the FY 20 Call for Proposals closed on 23 April 2018. Submissions for the next Call for Proposals will reopen next year. For inquires email the DMS&T ManTech mailbox at osd.mc-alex.ousd-atl.mbx.osd-mantech@mail.mil